Eid-ul-Fitr Takbeer - Madinah - 1st Shawwal 1441/2020

It is recommended to recite Takbir at the end of Ramadan, specifically on the eve of Eid until just before the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer the next morning. 

The loud chanting of Takbir on Eid is one of the greatest Sunnahs to practice on this holy day.

The transmitted wording of Takbir is: “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la Ilaha illa Allah; Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, walillah al-hamd“.

The Takbir is to be recited loudly and in unison by everyone attending Eid Prayer, and everyone on their way there. This repetition of Takbir enforces the feeling of unity and solidarity, while also expressing the joy of Eid to all.

Additionally, there are other forms of Takbir that were used by the Prophet’s Companions and were reported to us from trusted chains of transmission.

They are generally combinations of the expressions below. These are the most respected forms of praise and exaltation to Allah in Prophetic traditions.

Meanings of Expressions Used

Allahu Akbar: This statement is said by Muslims numerous times. It means “Allah is the Greatest”. Muslims praise Allah in every aspect of life, and as such, they say “Allahu Akbar” as they proceed to attend Eid Prayer.

La ilaha illa llah: This expression is the most important one in Islam. It is the declaration of faith that every person has to announce to be considered a Muslim. It is part of the first pillar of Islam.

And this means, “There is no god worthy of worship except Allah.” The second part of this declaration means, “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”

Al-hamdu lillah: This means, “All praise be to Allah” and is said as an expression of thanks and gratitude to Allah. A Muslim (a person who chooses to surrender peacefully to the Creator) invokes the praises of Allah when he finishes any work, thanking Allah for His favors.

A Muslim is grateful to Allah for all His blessings. It is a statement of thanks, appreciation, and gratitude from the creature to his Creator.

Subhan Allah: This means: “Allah is Exalted. Glory be to Allah. Far removed is He from anything imperfect associated with Him and from anything unsuitably ascribed to Him.”

Muslims use this expression to demonstrate their amazement, joy, and surprise.

It is also an expression of respect for Allah.

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