For Whom Eid Prayer is Wajib?

Eid is the most important religious festival that takes place after a month of fasting. Eid prayer is wajib on Eid and is performed by Muslims in the morning on Eid day. According to Hanafi, the Eid prayer is Wajib for those for whom the Jummah prayer is Wajib.

Every year, Muslims celebrate two Eids, during which they also do mandated Eid prayers. Eid-ul-Fitr is the first Eid that Muslims celebrate after fasting for the whole month of Ramadan. Eid-ul-Fitr is observed on the first day of Shawwal, the Islamic calendar’s tenth month.

The second Eid, known as Eid-ul-Adha, is observed on the tenth day of Dhu al Hijja, the Islamic calendar’s last month.

For whom Eid Prayer is Wajib

Eid prayer is not obligatory for everyone, but according to Hanafi, Eid prayer is compulsory for those for whom Jummah prayer is compulsory. In the reference from Book Durr-e-Mukhtar, volume 3, and page 51, the explanation of Eid prayer is wajib.

“The Salah of both Eids (i.e., Eid-ul-Fiṭr and Eid-ul-Aḍḥā) is Wajib, but only for those people whom Ṣalāt-ul-Jumu’aĥ is Wājib for. Furthermore, neither Ażān nor Iqāmat uttered for the Ṣalāĥ of both Eids. (Baĥār-e-Sharī’at, vol. 1, pp. 779; Durr-e-Mukhtār, vol. 3, pp. 51)”

According to Hanafi’s book Durr-e-Mukhtar, the preceding passage clearly states that Eid prayer is wajib only on people for whom Friday prayer is wajib.

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