Is it Permissible Not to Celebrate Eid Out of Sorrow 


What is happening to the Muslims in Palestine and elsewhere? Is it permissible not to celebrate Eid out of sorrow?

True to be, We all know the killing of Palestine that is happening on a wide scale. To the worst other Muslims in the rest of the world are torn between sorrow and being unable to help.

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So I thought maybe it is permissible for Muslims to celebrate Eid because of the tragedies happening in Palestine, while other Muslims feels grief and sorrow because of the incident?

In Islamic rule, Eid is not only for joy, fun and visiting one another; instead, it is among the symbols and acts of worship of the religion, so the Sunnah on these occasions is for the Muslims to celebrate them openly and proclaim them.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The Eids are among the most specific distinguishing features of different religions, and the most obvious of their rituals. – from Iqtida’ as-Siraat al-Mustaqeem (1/528)

Hence, Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah have mercy on him) said ”Expressing joy on the occasion of the Eids is one of the symbols of the religion.” – Fath al-Baari (2/443)

So it goes on without saying that expressing joy on Eid is one of the acts of worship by which the Muslim draws closer to Allah.

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Ahmad (24334) narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said on that day – i.e., the day on which the Ethiopians played in the mosque: “Let the Jews know that in our religion there is lenience. Verily I have been sent with an easygoing religion.” – Classed as Saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami‘ (3219)

Moreover, nothing negates between expressing joy on Eid and feeling the sorrow for what has befallen the Muslims and grieving for their situation. That said, the Muslim expresses his joy on Eid to show his religious commitment openly and to show his support for his religion and at the same time, he shares the sorrows of the Muslims.

In conclusion, the more the Muslim feels the pain of his Muslim brothers, the less he will indulge in permissible kinds of entertainment and play, even if he allows himself expressions of joy on Eid and gratitude for the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon him.


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