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Follow the Prophet’s Sunnah for a Spiritually Enriching Eid al-Adha


Eid al-Adha, known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” is one of the most significant holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide. It commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (as) to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ismail (as) in obedience to Allah (SWT)’s command. This festival is not only a time for joy and celebration but also an opportunity to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). By adhering to these practices, Muslims can deepen their faith and enhance their spiritual experience. In this article, we will explore the key Sunnah practices of Eid ul-Adha, drawing from the Quran and Hadith to guide us in celebrating this blessed occasion the right way. 

Preparing for Eid ul-Adha 

One of the first Sunnah practices to observe on the day of Eid ul-Adha is performing Ghusl, a ritual purification bath. This practice is emphasized by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as a means of preparing oneself for the special prayers and festivities. As narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas, “The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to take a bath on the day of Fitr and the day of Adha (Ibn Majah).” 


Wearing one’s best clothes and applying perfume (for men) is another Sunnah practice for Eid. The Prophet (SAW) encouraged dressing in clean and beautiful attire to honor the occasion. It was reported by Al-Hassan ibn Ali (as) that the Prophet (SAW) said, “Adorn yourselves for the Day of Eid (At-Tirmidhi).” 

Fasting on the Day of Arafah

For those not performing Hajj, fasting on the day of Arafah, which precedes Eid al-Adha, is highly recommended. The Prophet (SAW) said, “Fasting on the Day of Arafah expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year (Muslim).” This act of devotion brings immense reward and prepares the heart for the joyous celebration. 


The recitation of Takbirat is a significant Sunnah practice during Eid ul-Adha. These praises glorify Allah (SWT) and are recited from the night of Eid until the last day of Tashreeq (the 13th of Dhul Hijjah). The Quran states, “And remember Allah during ˹these˺ appointed days. Whoever departs swiftly on the second day is not sinful, neither are those who stay behind ˹till the third—seeking additional reward˺, so long as they are mindful ˹of their Lord˺. And be mindful of Allah, and know that to Him you will ˹all˺ be gathered (The Clear Quran®, 2:203).” 

The Takbirat are typically recited as followed: “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La ilaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahil Hamd.” 

Eid Prayer 

The Eid prayer is a pivotal Sunnah of Eid ul-Adha. It is performed in congregation, preferably in an open area, to foster a sense of community. The Prophet (SAW) said, “The Eid prayer is obligatory upon every Muslim, male or female (Ibn Majah).” The prayer consists of two rak’ahs, with extra takbirat in the first and second rak’ahs. It is also Sunnah to listen to the Eid khutbah (sermon) following the prayer. 

Different Routes

The Prophet (SAW) encouraged taking different routes to and from the prayer place on Eid day. Jabir ibn Abdullah reported, “On the day of Eid, the Prophet (SAW) used to return (after offering the Eid prayer) through a way different from that by which he went (Bukhari).” This practice symbolizes spreading the joy of Eid throughout the community. 

Significance of Qurbani 

The sacrifice, or Qurbani, is a central ritual of Eid ul-Adha, commemorating the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (as) to sacrifice his son. Allah (SWT) replaced Prophet Ismail (as) with a ram, demonstrating His mercy and grace. The Quran narrates, “And We ransomed his son with a great sacrifice (The Clear Quran®, 37:107).” 

Rules and Etiquettes of Sacrifice

Performing the Qurbani is a Sunnah for those who can afford it. The animal should be healthy and free of defects, and the sacrifice should be done with the intention of seeking Allah (SWT)’s pleasure. The Prophet (SAW) said, “Whoever can afford to offer a sacrifice but does not do so, let him not approach our place of prayer (Ibn Majah).” 

Distribution of Meat

The meat from the Qurbani should be divided into three parts: one-third for family, one-third for relatives and friends, and one-third for the needy. This distribution reflects the spirit of generosity. As the Quran instructs, “[…] so they may obtain the benefits ˹in store˺ for them, and pronounce the Name of Allah on appointed days over the sacrificial animals He has provided for them. So eat from their meat and feed the desperately poor (The Clear Quran®: 22:28).” 

Visiting Family and Friends 

Eid ul-Adha is a time to strengthen family bonds and maintain social ties. Visiting family and friends, and exchanging greetings of “Eid Mubarak” is a cherished Sunnah. The Prophet (SAW) emphasized maintaining kinship ties saying, “Whoever believes in Allah (SWT) and the Last Day should maintain good relations with his kindred (Bukhari).” 

Giving Gifts 

Giving gifts during Eid is a Sunnah that promotes love and happiness. The Prophet (SAW) said, “Exchange gifts, as that will lead to increasing your love to one another (Bukhari).” Simple acts of kindness can bring immense joy to both the giver and the receiver. 

Charity and Helping the Needy 

Eid ul-Adha is also an occasion to remember and help those in need. The Quran encourages charity, “Spend in the cause of Allah and do not let your own hands throw you into destruction ˹by withholding˺. And do good, for Allah certainly loves the good-doers (The Clear Quran®, 2:195).” Acts of charity, such as giving Sadaqah or providing meals to the less fortunate, embody the spirit of Eid and the teachings of Islam. 

Submission to Allah (SWT) 

The story of Prophet Ibrahim (as) and Prophet Ismail (as) teaches us the importance of submission to Allah (SWT)’s will. Their unwavering faith and obedience are exemplary. Reflecting on their story helps us strengthen our own faith and trust in Allah (SWT)’s wisdom. 

Community and Ummah 

Eid ul-Adha highlights the unity and brotherhood of the Muslim Ummah. By performing communal prayers and sharing the Qurbani meat, Muslims demonstrate solidarity and care for one another. The Prophet (SAW) said, “The believers in their mutual love, mercy, and compassion are like one body (Muslim).” 

Gratitude and Compassion 

Eid ul-Adha is a time to express gratitude for Allah (SWT)’s blessings and show compassion towards others. Recognizing the bounties we have and helping those in need are key lessons of this Eid. The Quran reminds us, “And ˹remember˺ when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will certainly give you more. But if you are ungrateful, surely My punishment is severe (The Clear Quran®, 14:7).”

The Perfect Gift is None Other Than The Clear Quran® for Eid 

Gifting the Quran during festive events like Eid al-Adha holds profound significance in the life of a Muslim. It is not only an act of sharing the divine guidance of Allah but also a means of spreading the message of Islam. As we celebrate the spirit of sacrifice and unity, presenting the Quran as a gift symbolizes our commitment to nurturing faith within our communities. Moreover, by supporting Quran distribution initiatives, we can extend this noble gesture to those who may not have access to the holy book. Your generous donations can help provide copies of the Quran to individuals and families worldwide, ensuring that the light of Islam reaches every heart. This Eid al-Adha, let us unite in our efforts to share the Quran and spread the message of peace and compassion. Donate now to make a meaningful difference.


In conclusion, celebrating Eid al-Adha in accordance with the Sunnah practices enhances the spiritual and communal experience of this blessed festival. From preparing with Ghusl and wearing one’s best clothes, to performing the Eid prayer and observing the Qurbani, each practice is rooted in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). By following these Sunnah practices, we honor the legacy of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and embrace the true spirit of Eid al-Adha. May Allah (SWT) accept our deeds and grant us the blessings of this auspicious occasion. Eid Mubarak!