Does The Imam Say The Multiple (Six Or Seven And Five)
Takbeers In The Eid Prayer?
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
Why is it Sunnah for us to say ten takbeers
in the Eid prayers before reciting al-Faatihah? What
is the benefit of that, and why do we do it in these
prayers and not in the five obligatory prayers?
Praise be to Allaah.
The basic principle concerning acts of worship is to
worship in the manner enjoined by Allaah and His
Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him),
whether we know the reason behind it or not,
especially in the case of prayer, fasting and Hajj.
Reasoning has nothing to do with it. This includes the
six or seven takbeers which the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) prescribed following
the opening takbeer and before the recitation of al-Faatihah
in the first rak'ah of the Eid prayer, and the five
takbeers before the recitation of al-Faatihah in the
second rak'ah of the Eid prayer, but not in the five
We must believe in what Allaah and His Messenger
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) have
prescribed, and submit to it; we should hear and obey,
because the basic principle in this matter is to
worship Allaah and not to look for reasons.
A person has no right to interfere in matters that are
the unique preserve of Allaah, such as worship and
what kinds of worship are to be done and in what
manner. He should not ask why has Allaah prescribed
some things and not others, or what is the benefit of
this that He has prescribed. Rather he should learn
what Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) have prescribed, and act in
accordance therewith. If the reason behind it becomes
apparent to him, then praise be to Allaah; if not, he
should submit to the rule of Allaah and obey Him, and
have certain faith that Allaah has only prescribed
things for a reason and in the best interests of his
slaves, because He is Most Wise and All-Knowing in all
that He says and does, prescribes and decrees. Allaah
says (interpretation of the meaning):
"Certainly your Lord is All-Wise, All-Knowing"
What we have said is supported by the verse in which
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"Indeed in the Messenger of Allaah (Muhammad) you have
a good example to follow"
And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) said: "Pray as you have seen me praying."
Narrated by al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh.
And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said during his Farewell Pilgrimage, "Learn your
rituals from me." Narrated by Muslim, 378.
And Allaah is the Source of strength.
Al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah li'l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah