To say ‘Eid Mubarik or not to say ‘Eid Mubarik, that is the question!

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

Questioner: Do the congratulations for ‘Eid that people say, like “’Eid Mubarik” and other than that, have an origin in the religion or not? And if they do, what is to be said?

Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiya (rahimahullah — my Allah have mercy upon him) answered: As for the congratulations on the day of ‘Eid that people say when they meet after the ‘Eid prayer; “TaqabalAllah minna wa minkum” (may Allah accept it from us and from you), “Ahaalahullah ‘alayk” (may Allah allow you to see another), and the likes; this has been narrated that some of the Sahabah used to do that. Also, some of the Imams permitted it — Ahmed and other than him — but Ahmed said, “I don’t initiate it to anyone, but if someone initiates it to me then I respond. This is because answering congratulations are obligatory. But as for initiating the congratulations, then this is not a Sunnah we’ve been commanded with; additionally we’ve not be prohibited from it. So whoever does it he has his example and whoever leaves it off has his example. Wallahu A’lam (and Allah knows best).”

In my opinion, the matter of congratulation is closer to being an ‘aadah (customary act) than being an ‘ebadah (means of worship and drawing closer to Allah), and the origin in the affair of ‘aadaat (plural for ‘aadah) is that they’re permissible until there is an opposing proof. On the contrary, the person speaking about an ‘ebadah requires a proof for what he’s saying.

It is known that ‘aadaat differ from time to time and place to place, but this is something that is affirmed on the Sahabah, or some of them, that they used to do it, and that is preferable to others. Wallahu A’lam.

Taken from: Shaykh Al-Islam’s Majmoo Al-Fatawa, Vol. 24, page 253.
With that I conclude by sending peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his companions.


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

4 Responses to To say ‘Eid Mubarik or not to say ‘Eid Mubarik, that is the question!

  1. May Allah continue to increase & add to the reward of & shower His rahmah on Ibn Taymiyyah (as we continue to this day to benefit from his knowledge علم يُنتَفَعُ بهِ and his legacy and hikmah).

    And may Allah reward you immensely for translating this for all of us, and clarifying this issue for everyone.

    BTW: The phrase that the Sahaabah used to say as part of their congratulating one another right after their statement: تَقَبَّلَ اللهُ مِنَّا وَمِنْكُمْ (May God accept [all that we’ve done in this month] from us and from you),,, the following phrase: وأَحَالَهُ اللهُ عَلَيْكُمْ “Aḥālahullāhu ‘alaykum” ~ was translated above as also: (may Allah accept it from you), but I believe…. this statement means: “May Allah allow you to live to witness another Ramadan.” (lit. may Allah bring it back to you many times in the future, or “May you live to see another `Eid.”). And Allah knows best.

    جزاك الله الفردَوس, وعيدُكُم مُبَارَك, تقبَّلَ الله منِّي وَمِنْكَ, وَأَحـــالَهُ اللهُ عَلَيْكَ

  2. Allahi Baarik Feek ya Abd Al-Baasit! I do believe that that translation is a better one and InshaAllah you’ll see it corrected as aforementioned. Hayyaakm Allah!

  3. Jeyone says:

    May Allah raise the rank of you 2…ameen….I love you 2 brothers….

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