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Frequently Asked Questions

How do we perform Eid Prayers?
The Eid Salaat (Eid-ul-Fitr) is performed on the 1st day of Shawaal. It consists of two Rakaats and two Khutbas, and is very much like the Jummu'ah Salaat with a few variations. During Juma Salaat the Khutba precedes the two Rakaats and on Eid day it is in reverse. First comes the two Rakaats of prayer and then the two Khutbas. On the best authority of the Hanafi Imams (R.A.), there are six additional Takbeers (Allah-u-Akbar) for the Eid Salaats. 3 Takbeers in the first Rakaat and 3 Takbeers in the second Rakaat.

After everybody has made 'Niyyat' the Imam recites the 'Takbeer-E-Tahreema', (Allah-u-Akbar) and starts the Eid Salaat. Everybody raise their hands to their earlobes and folds them under their navel. Then the imam recites three Takbeers one after the other with brief intervals. (Allah-u-Akbar). We raise our hands and drop them to our sides after the 1st and 2nd Takbeers and after the 3rd Takbeer we place our hands below our navel. The Imam then recites the Surah Fatiha and follows it with any passage from the Quraan. We then proceed into Rukoo and Sijdahs and return for the second Rakaat.

The Imam recites the Surah Fatiha and a passage from the Quraan and is now ready for the Rukoo. At this stage just before going into the Rukoo, he recites the remaining 3 Takbeers with brief intervals. We drop our hands each time to our sides. When the Imam recites the 4th Takbeer, we go into Rukoo and then into Sijda. After the Thashahhud and Salaam, remain seated and wait for the Imaam to deliver the Khutbahs.

After the two Rakaats, the Imam rises to deliver his Khutba. It is Sunnah for the Imam to start his first Khutba with 9 Takbeers and the second with 7 Takbeers. He reminds the Muslims of their duties towards Allah, towards themselves and their fellow - men. Eid is a day of happiness and joy. This cannot be fully appreciated if animosity, hatred, old grudges and bygones are left to remain in our hearts.

Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar (Radhiallaho anho): Allah's Apostle (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) used to offer  the prayer of 'Id-ul-Adha and 'Id-ul-Fitr and then deliver the  Khutba after the prayer.
Bukhari Vol. 2 : No. 77

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What is the significance of Muharram, as the Islamic new year?
Most religions start their New Year in happiness. Why is that in Islam our New Year does not start in happiness?
In Islam, one is happy when one has pleased Allah through one's personal achievements. For example, after 30 days of roza, we celebrate Eid because we are happy to have pleased Allah Taalah by fasting. For Eid ul Adha, one celebrates because one is happy to have made sacrifice to please Allah. These two examples show that our own personal actions have made Allah happy and therefore we are entitled to celebrate. But, what personal action have we done for the Islamic New Year to come? The answer is obviously NOTHING - what this means is that we have not done anything by ourselves that we deserve to celebrate.
This simple, but most often, forgotten point, shows the basic of Islam. Our aim in life should be to please Allah Taala and the day we know that we have done it, we will be entitled to all the happiness.

Please pass this to friends and relatives and anyone who might be interested to know why Muslims do not have parties and burn their money in fire crackers the `first day of Muharram!

Extracted From the speech of Maulana Syed Aleem Ashrafi Jilani.

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Est ce que l'Islam est pour la transplantation?
L'Islam approuve tout qui est bénéfique à l'être humain et la nature. L'Islam permet la transplantation d'un organe quelconque surtout pour sauver une vie ou pour améliorer la condition humaine.

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