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2015 June

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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
– Getting the questions to you first before you can ask them.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED AND HOW CAN I HELP REVIVE THE SUNNAH IN MY AREA?
The best way you can get involved and maybe even start your own 1Eid team in your own area is to register your interests on our website at www.1eid.net and then email info@1eid.net for further information. The website is rich with details and offers multiple ways of investing into shares of this amazing sadaqa jariyah.

We also encourage you to watch the videos of previous year’s documentaries where you can see exactly how much we have achieved with little resources and in a very short period of time. The Sunnah is being revived but we can do so much more and so much faster with your help and support.

The beauty of the 1Eid team is that they do not see themselves as volunteers but rather as servants of Allah to His cause by fulfilling their duty to Islam. They work hard to make 1Eid happen.

Once you know all about 1Eid and are prepared to take the next step don’t be shy to email the 1Eid team and request a phone consultation or even a meeting in person to discuss your future with 1Eid in your own area and to discuss what individuals, families and communities can do to help.No challenge is too great when Allah the Greatest is on your side.

WHY IS KEEPING THE NAME OF 1EID IMPORTANT ?
The reason for the importance of this Unity in name is so that people know we collectively are the people who are doing this according to the sunnah and those who are calling to unity. Many people are copying the same concept of 1Eid with various names we are happy that people are adopting the concept however some groups have their own agendas and ideologies which may not be in line of the sunnah, or the criteria of 1Eid. This means we will still have the same problem of different days of Eid as they will attract people to their eid event appearing as 1Eid but still causing the disunity. For this reason it is very important for the masses to know 1EID events are the ones according the sunnah and the ones that are promoting unity not disunity and bickering over eid days.

All teams will be requested to consider being part of the Eid Celebration Committee advisory group, which bring together all organisation or hosts of 1EID Events that we agree on reviving the sunnah and doing it in a unified manner.

WHO GETS THE MONEY?
Shaytan for many years has kept the Ummah divided over petty matters,and money ( dunya) is one he has been successful at doing! There are two types of Money. Alll fitranah and similar donation for the poor and need 100% go to those who it is intended for. We arrange for a merit worthy charity to come collect this funds to ensure it get to the right people. Fitranah and such monies are NOT meant to be for the Mosque. Any other monies we raise from your generous pledges and donation go back in the running costs of 1Eid and whatever is left into the kitty for the following year. We want to assist other Eid events to eventually by Allah’s will have 1million Muslims in the UK praying on the same day at the same time TOGETHER. BUT this will take a great financial commitment from our community.

1EID is 100% run off the backs of Volunteers, May Allah bless them to do such work during Ramadan is not an easy task. We wish to enable ease to our volunteers to help cover their minimal costs which come out of their own pockets and also offer such things as iftaar and suhoor to those who give us their time so kindly.

WHAT ABOUT WU’DU FACILITIES? ARE THEY PROVIDED IN THE PARK?
There will be places for people to make Wu’du but we urge everyone attending for the main Eid Salah in the morning to arrive with Wu’du, as 1000s of people turning up to make Wu’du is impractical and very time consuming. People would end up missing the Jamat.

IS THERE SEGREGATION?
The prayer area is completely segregated with a curtain and separate entrance for brothers and sisters. The fun fair rides also have different queues for brothers and sisters.

HOW MANY JAMATS AND WHAT TIME DO YOU PRAY?
All these are subject to change from event to event and location to location. For more detailed information please visit the website www.1eid.net and keep updated.

IF I PRAY IN THE MASJID CAN I STILL COME TO CELEBRATE AFTER TO ENJOY YOUR FACILITIES?
Yes although we really encourage any person who has the ability to pray at our event as this is the Sunnah, i.e. it being away from the masajid to do so.

WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? CAN THEY ATTEND TO?
One of the main points that the 1Eid project is trying to revive is the status of Eid in the eyes of Muslim children. Unfortunately, due to our lack of adherence to the Sunnah Eid has become a boring chore in the eyes of many children, they hunger for fun but instead are dragged around visiting family and not doing anything engaging, stimulating or constructive. Their eyes, therefore, turn towards haram and harmful celebrations misleading them into evil places, actions and environments.

DO I HAVE TO PAY TO PRAY?
No you don’t have to pay to pray. Everyone is welcome to join in the Jamat and the more the better.
All of the facilities after the Salah, such as the fun fair, usually a have a small charge and is subject to change from event to event. We ask for contributions and business sponsors to come forward and contact 1Eid to secure the future of 1Eid.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN AWAY FROM THE MOSQUE?
At the time of the Prophet SAW, when it came to Eid the Prophet used to take his congregation out away from the mosque to an open area in a place where the whole community could gather and listen to the khutba. Obviously in today’s day and age the Mosques cannot cope with the demand for Jummah Salah let alone Eid Salah. On top of that the majority of Mosques do not cater to women and we have more women than men in our Ummah. The severity of the situation is mostly belittled and this Sunnah must be revived.

Also visit History of Eid in Islam – Did the prophet pray Eid in the Masjid.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN WOMEN ARE SUPPOSED TO PRAY EID?
Also at the time of the prophet SAW the prophet ordered the women to attend the Eid Salah. The sad reality of the situation today is that the women are left alone to cook huge amounts of food. The Vast majority of the women in the Ummah are in fact oblivious to the fact that they are supposed to attend the Eid Salah. A poor woman approached the prophet SAW and asked to be excused from the Eid Salah saying she did not have clothes to cover herself appropriately. He told her to borrow some from another Muslimah and attend.

Sahih Bukhari Hadith no: 96
Narrated / Authority Of: Aiyub
Hafsa bint Sirin said, “On Eid we used to forbid our girls to go out for Eid prayer. A lady came and stayed at the palace of Bani Khalaf and I went to her. She said, ‘The husband of my sister took part in twelve holy battles along with the Prophet and my sister was with her husband in six of them. My sister said that they used to nurse the sick and treat the wounded. Once she asked, ‘O Allah’s Apostle! If a woman has no veil, is there any harm if she does not come out (on Eid day)?’ The Prophet said, ‘Her companion should let her share her veil with her, and the women should participate in the good deeds and in the religious gatherings of the believers.’ ” Hafsa added, “When Um-‘Atiya came, I went to her and asked her, ‘Did you hear anything about so-and-so?’ Um-Atlya said, ‘Yes, let my father be sacrificed for the Prophet (p.b.u.h). (And whenever she mentioned the name of the Prophet she always used to say, ‘Let my father be’ sacrificed for him). He said, ‘Virgin mature girls staying often screened (or said, ‘Mature girls and virgins staying often screened – Aiyub is not sure as which was right) and menstruating women should come out (on the Eid day). But the menstruating women should keep away from the Musalla. And all the women should participate in the good deeds and in the religious gatherings of the believers’.” Hafsa said, “On that I said to Um-Atiya, ‘Also those who are menstruating?’ ” Um-Atiya replied, “Yes. Do they not present themselves at ‘Arafat and elsewhere?”

Sahih Bukhari Hadith no: 97
Narrated / Authority Of: Um-Atiya
We were ordered to go out (for Eid) and also to take along with us the menstruating women, mature girls and virgins staying in seclusion. (Ibn Aun said, “Or mature virgins staying in seclusion).” The menstruating women could present themselves at the religious gathering and invocation of Muslims but should keep away from their Musallah.

Sahih Bukhari Hadith no: 88
Narrated / Authority Of: Um-Atiya
We used to be ordered to come out on the Day of Eid and even bring out the virgin girls from their houses and menstruating women so that they might stand behind the men and say Takbir along with them and invoke Allah along with them and hope for the blessings of that day and for purification from sins.

WHAT’S THE POINT IN TAKING THE EID OUT OF THE MOSQUE INTO A MARQUEE THAT’S STILL INSIDE ISN’T IT?
The point of taking the Salah away from the Masajid is to find a suitable venue where the WHOLE community would be able to attend. It’s quite obviously not at the masajid. The reasons behind having a Marquee is to make sure if the weather is wet that the community can still gather and the organisers make the venue as comfortable and convenient as possible.

WHY SHOULD WE PRAY IN A PARK?
Parks are the ideal environment to create the atmosphere and environment for the community to gather. They are easily accessible for both Muslim and Non Muslim attendees and are much more welcoming than indoor venues which might be quite intimidating to people outside the Muslim community.

WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Alhamdulillah the reason we provide marquees is for the exact reason of the unpredictably of the weather. The event can still be successful even if the weather is wet and can comfortably support several thousand people.

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Our Vision

1Eid is a inter-faith, multi-generational celebration marking the end of Ramadan. The word ‘Eid’ meaning ‘to feast’ traditionally was celebrated with the whole community regardless of faith. The aim of Eid was to come together and celebrate the fabric of humanity. Happiness, harmony and respect for all. To encourage cohesion.

1Eid™ has done it’s repeated best to revive this practice and host an annual event whereby the Muslim community is able to share their festival with the wider community and celebrate together in a pool of diversity, dispelling any and all avenues for prejudice to creep through.

♥ Our Vision

We believe that people should get to know one another to achieve peace and unity.

♥ Our Mission

We will strengthen and unite local communities by reviving, celebrating and sharing the essence of Eid.

♥ Our Aims

• Take Eid out of the mosque and offer a healthy outdoor alternative

• Empower women through Eid

• Give Muslim children a festival they can call their own

• Share the essence of Eid with the community [Da’wah]

• Introduce fun, food and culture to local communities

• Establish Eid as a national celebration for all

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History of Eid in Islam

The practical Sunnah of the Prophet عليه السلام was to leave his mosque for the Eid prayers and perform these prayers in the musalla that was at the outer gate of Madeenah [Zaad al-Ma’aad by Ibn al-Qayyim, 1/441]

Shaykh Ahmad Shaakir (may Alaah have mercy on him) said, the views of the scholars concerning that are closely connected

In Sharh al-Bukhaari, the Hanafi scholar al-‘Ayni discussed the following hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed [al-Khudri]: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to go out to the prayer-place on the day of al-Fitr and al-Adha. The first thing that he did was to pray, then he would move away and stand facing the people, when the people were (still) sitting in their rows, and he would exhort them and advise them and issue commands to them. If he wanted to dispatch an army he would do so, and if he wanted to issue some command, he would do so. Then he would leave.” Abu Sa’eed said: The people continued to do that until I came out with Marwaan when he was the governor of Madeenah, on (the day of) al-Ahda or al-Fitr. When we came to the prayer place, there was the minbar that had been built by Katheer ibn al-Salt. Marwaan wanted to ascend the minbar; I grabbed his clothes but he pulled away, and he ascended and delivered the khutbah before the prayer. I said to him: “You have changed it, by Allaah.” He said: “O Abu Sa’eed, gone is that which you know.” I said: “By Allaah, what I know is better than that which I do not know.” He said: “The people will not sit and listen to us after the prayer so I did it before the prayer.[Al-Bukhaari, 956; Muslim, 889]

Al-‘Ayni said: This shows that we should go out to the prayer-place and not offer the Eid prayer in the mosque except in case of necessity. Ibn Ziyaad narrated that Maalik said: The Sunnah is to go out to the prayer-place except for the people of Makkah, who should pray in the mosque.

In al-Fataawa al-Hindiyyah (vol. 1, p. 118) it says: Going out to the prayer-place for Eid prayer is Sunnah, even if the Jaami’ Mosque is large enough to accommodate them. This is the view of the majority of shaykhs and it is the correct view.

In al-Mudawwanah al-Marwiyah ‘an Maalik (vol. 1, p. 171), Maalik said: The Eid prayer should not be offered in two places, and they should not pray in their mosques, rather they should all go out as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went out. And Ibn Wahb narrated from Yoonus that Ibn Shihaab said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to go out to the prayer-place, then the people of the regions followed that Sunnah.

Ibn Qudaamah al-Hanbali said in al-Mughni (vol. 2, no. 229-230): The Sunnah is to offer the Eid prayer in the prayer-place. This was enjoined by ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) and was regarded as good by al-Awzaa’i and Ashaab al-Ra’i. This is also the view of Ibn al-Mundhir.

It was narrated from al-Shaafa’i that if the mosque of a city is spacious, then it is better to pray there, because it is the best and purest place. Hence the people of Makkah pray (Eid) in al-Masjid al-Haraam.

Then Ibn Qudaamah quoted evidence to support his view, and said: Our evidence shows that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to go out to the prayer-place and leave his mosque, as did the caliphs after him. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would not forsake the better thing even though it was closer and take the trouble to go to an imperfect place that was further away, and he did not prescribe for his ummah that they should forsake that which is good and virtuous. We have been commanded to follow the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and take him as our example. It cannot be the case that the thing that is enjoined is imperfect and the thing that is forbidden is perfect. There is no report that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) offered the Eid prayer in his mosque except when there was a reason or excuse. This is also the consensus of the Muslims. The people in all ages and in all places have gone out to the prayer-place and offered the Eid prayer there, regardless of whether the mosque is spacious or otherwise. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to offer the Eid prayer in the prayer-place even though his mosque is such a venerable place.

And I – Ahmad Shaakir is speaking – say that words of Ibn Qudaamah, “There is no report that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) offered the Eid prayer in his mosque except when there was a reason or excuse”, is a reference to the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah which is narrated by al-Haakim in al-Mustadrak (vol. 1, p. 295): “Rain fell on the day of Eid, so the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prayed in the mosque.” This was classed as saheeh by him (al-Haakim) and al-Dhahabi. [And Ibn al-Qayyim said of it: If the hadeeth is proven, it is also narrated in Sunan Abi Dawood and Ibn Maajah. Zaad al-Ma’aad, 1/441. But it was classed as da’eef by al-Albaani in Risaalat Salaat al-Eidayn fi’l-Musalla hiya al-Sunnah, and he narrated the view of al-Haakim and al-Dhahabi]

Imam al-Shaafa’i said in al-Umm (vol. 1, p. 207): “We have heard that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to go out on the two Eids to the prayer-place in Madeenah, as did those who came after him, and most of the people in all countries, except Makkah (concerning which) we have not heard that any of the salaf led them in offering the Eid prayer except in their mosque. I think that this – and Allaah knows best – is because al-Masjid al-Haraam is the best spot on earth, so they did not like to pray anywhere else if possible.

“If there is a town and the mosque of its people is big enough to accommodate them, I do not think that they should go out of it, but if they do go out, there is nothing wrong with that. If it is big enough and their imam leads them in prayer there, I regard that as makrooh but they do not have to repeat it. If there is an excuse such as rain etc, I would tell them to pray in the mosque and not go out to the desert.”

The scholar Ibn al-Haaj said in al-Madkhal (vol. 2, 283): The proven Sunnah with regard to the Eid prayer is that it should be offered in the prayer-place, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “A prayer offered in this mosque of mine is better than a thousand prayers offered elsewhere, except in al-Masjid al-Haraam.” (al-Bukhaari, 1190; Muslim, 1394). Then despite that great virtue he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) went out to the prayer-place and left the mosque. This clearly indicates that the command to go out to the prayer-place for Eid prayer is confirmed, so this is the Sunnah. According to the madhhab of Maalik (may Allaah have mercy on him), offering the Eid prayer in the mosque is bid’ah (an innovation), unless there is some reason why it is necessary to do that, in which case it is not bid’ah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not do it and neither did any of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs after him. And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded the women to come out to the Eid prayer, and he told the menstruating women and women in seclusion to come out. One of them said, O Messenger of Allaah, one of us does not have a jilbaab.” He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Let her sister lends her a jilbaab so that she may witness goodness and attend the gathering of the Muslims.” (See Saheeh al-Bukhari, 324; Saheeh Muslim, 890)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded the women to go out and he prescribed the prayer out in the open so that the symbols of Islam might be manifested.

The Prophet’s Sunnah that is narrated in the saheeh hadeeths indicates that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to offer the Eid prayer in the desert outside the city. This is how it continued during the early days of Islam, and they did not offer the Eid prayer inside the city unless there was a reason that made it necessary to do so, such as rain.

This is the view of the four imams and other scholars and imams – may Allaah be pleased with them all. I do not know of anyone who held a different opinion, apart from the view of al-Shaafa’i (may Allaah have mercy on him) who preferred that the prayer be offered in the mosque if it was big enough to hold all the people of the city. Despite that he did not see anything wrong with praying in the desert even if the mosque was big enough. And he clearly stated that he regarded it as makrooh to offer the Eid prayer in the mosque if it was not big enough to hold all the people.

These saheeh ahaadeeth and others, and the fact that this is how they continued to do it during the early days of Islam, and the views of the scholars, all indicate that offering the Eid prayers in the mosques now is a bid’ah (innovation), even according to the view of al-Shaafa’i, because there is no one mosque in our cities that can accommodate all the people of the city where it is located.

Moreover, this is the Sunnah, to gather all the people of the city, men, women and children, so that their hearts may turn to Allaah as one and they may be united, praying behind one imam, saying “Allaahu akbar” and “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah”, praying to Allaah with sincerity, as if they are one, rejoicing in the blessing that Allaah has bestowed upon them, so that the Eid will be a true Eid.

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded the women to go out to the Eid prayer with the people, and he did not exclude anyone from that. He did not even excuse those who had nothing to wear from going out, rather he commanded them to borrow something from someone else. He even commanded those who had an excuse for not praying to go out to the prayer-place, “to witness goodness and attend the gathering of the Muslims.”

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and the caliphs after him, and the governors whom they appointed in the various cities, used to led the people in offering the Eid prayer, then they would address them, exhorting them and teaching them things that would benefit them in their religious and worldly concerns. They would command them to give in charity in that blessed gathering, upon which descended divine mercy and blessing.

May the Muslims follow the Sunnah of their Prophet and revive the symbols of their religion, which is the source of their pride and success.

“O you who believe! Answer Allaah (by obeying Him) and (His) Messenger when he calls you to that which will give you life” [al-Anfaal 8:24]

From his commentary on Sunan al-Tirmidhi, 2/421-424.
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