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How to pray the Eid Prayer

The Eid prayer is composed of two units (rakas) . In the first rakaa you recite your intention, and then say Allahu Akbar. Then, you recite Surah Al-Fatiha followed by another Surah. After you have recited the second surah, you then say Allahu Akbar followed by five qunoots. However, after each qunoot, you must recite Allahu Akbar. In each qunoot, you can recite the following supplication, however you may recite a supplication you prefer.

O Allah! Worthy of supremacy and greatness, and worthy of magnanimity and omnipotence, and worthy to pardon and to show mercy, and worthy of being wary of and to forgive: I beseech You by the right of this day – which You have appointed to be an Eid for the Muslims and to be [a source for] accumulating [Your blessings], and [a source of] honour, nobility, and increase [in Your blessings] for Muḥammad, may Allah shower His blessings upon and extend His salutations to him and his progeny – that You bless Muḥammad and the progeny of Muḥammad, and that You place me in every goodness in which You placed Muḥammad and the progeny of Muḥammad, and that You remove me from every evil from which You removed Muḥammad and the progeny of Muḥammad, may Your blessings be upon him and upon them. O Allah! I indeed beseech You for the good for which Your righteous servants have beseeched You, and I seek protection in You from all that for which Your purified servants have sought Your protection.

After you have completed the five qunoot, you then bow (ruku) and go down and make the two prostrations (sujud).

By this, you would have completed the first rakaa. The second rakaa is performed in the same way, except that the Qunoot is made four times and after each qunoot you must say Allahu Akbar. Then, the worshipper has to bow and prostrate, recite Al-Shahada and perform Taslim.

It is recommended to recite Surah ash-Shams in the first rakaa and Surah al-Ghashiyeh in the second rakaa after you have recited the first Surah, Surah al-Fatiha in both rakaas.

There is no Adhan or Iqamah in this prayer, and it could be performed from sunrise until noon.

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