Simply performing Qurbani and wearing new clothing is not enough to properly celebrate Eid-ul-Adha. In fact, there are several other essential activities to be observed on this day. These practices hold great significance and are considered Sunnah – actions that were willingly undertaken by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself. In this article, we will explore these Sunnah customs for Eid-ul-Adha. It is highly encouraged for Muslims to adopt these practices on this day, as they can greatly enhance the joy and spirit of the celebrations. Performing Fajr prayer One of the five prayers Muslims perform daily is the Fajr prayer. In the morning, Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) would get up early, prepare for the Fajr Salah, and complete it. You should do this too. Taking a bath before performing Eid prayers As a follower of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), another Sunnah you should obey is taking a bath before Salat al-Eid. In addition to being essential, cleanliness also makes the family reunion and prayer service enjoyable. Brushing teeth with Miswak Using a miswak to brush your teeth is a practice that some people follow, while others do not. However, there are many benefits to using Miswak while brushing, such as maintaining white teeth. During Eid-ul-Adha, finding Miswak is not a problem as it is readily available from many vendors. Putting on new and clean clothes Eid is a time to dress elegantly and properly. Not only is this a Sunnah, but it is also mandatory on the day of Eid-ul-Adha. Through MATW, one can also donate Eid clothes to those in need during the festive period. The use of Attar Attar is a unique scent made specifically for males. It is a Sunnah to wear Attar during Eid, as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used Attar during the occasion. It is a non-alcoholic perfume with a pleasing fragrance, and males are encouraged to use it. Performing Eid prayer Eid prayer is an essential aspect of Eid, and Muslims should ensure they perform it. After Eid prayer, Muslims can start the Qurbani and distribute the meat in three equal portions; one for themselves, one for their neighbors, and one for the poor and needy. Reciting the Takbeerat Reciting the Takbeerat “Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, laa ilaaha illallah, wa Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, wa lillaah il-hamd,” when leaving one’s home for the prayer ground and until the Imam arrives, is another Sunnah. Eating after the Eid prayer It is recommended to wait to eat anything during Eid-ul-Adha until after the prayer. If someone has provided a sacrifice, they should eat from the Udhiyah. However, eating before prayer is acceptable if they do not intend to sacrifice. Can women accessorize when they go out for Eid? Women should refrain from dressing up when going out for Eid since displaying their attire to non-mahram males is against the law. As long as a woman merely goes outside for prayer, she is forbidden to wear perfume. Taking a different route to return from Eid prayer Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to take a different route after the Eid prayer. It is believed that he did this so that the two pathways would testify for him on the Day of Resurrection when the earth will bear witness to both good and evil deeds. Others suggest that the Prophet took this route to display Islamic symbols along both roads, to remember Allah (SWT), to annoy Jews and hypocrites, or to intimidate them with the large number of people accompanying him. Other practices during Eid-ul-Adha Adhaan and Iqaamah are not part of the Eid prayer. The first Rakat of the Eid prayer has seven Takbeerats, while the second Rakah has five. The Khutbah that follows the Eid prayer is an optional matter. After the Khutbah, people might exchange Dua, congratulations, or well wishes. Examples include “Eid Mubarak” and other legal congratulations, such as “Taqabbal Allah minna wa minkum.” FAQs Why are Sunnah practices essential during Eid-Ul-Adha? Sunnah practices are essential during Eid-ul-Adha because they are actions that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) voluntarily undertook himself. What are the Sunnah practices performed by Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)? The Sunnah practices performed by Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) include performing Fajr Prayer, taking a bath before going to Eid prayer, brushing teeth with Miswak, putting on new and clean clothes, using Attar, performing Eid prayer, reciting the Takbeerat, and eating after the prayer of Eid-ul-Adha. What are the other recommended practices for Eid-Ul-Adha? Other recommended practices include performing the Eid prayer properly, listening to the Khutbah after the prayer, and exchanging Dua. To conclude Eid-ul-Adha is the second biggest celebration for Muslims worldwide, and there are several recommended practices to observe during the occasion, in addition to performing Qurbani.