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Grand Mufti urges Muslims to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at home

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Asheikh said that it is permissible to perform Eid Al-Fitr prayer at home under exceptional circumstances similar to the current pandemic situation, local media reported.

On the first day of Eid, Muslims should begin the prayer 15 or 30 minutes after sunrise and continue it until the Duha prayer – the voluntary prayer between the obligatory sunrise and noon prayer, Sheikh al-Sheikh said.

The prayer can be performed individually or in a group and it consists of two rakats, reciting more numbers of takbeer without a sermon, said Grand Mufti.

He added that the worshipers will recite takbeer to start salat and then follow it with six more takbeer in the first rakat before reciting Fatiha loudly and then it is ideal to recite Surah Al-Qaf.

In the second rakat, there will be five takbeer after the takbeer at the start of the rakat before starting to recite Surah Fatiha and then Surah Al-Qamar, following the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him). It is also ideal to recite Surah Al-A’la and Al-Ghashiya instead of Al-Qaf and Al-Qamar in each rakat respectively.

In regards to the Zakat al-Fitr, which is the charity that must be given to the poor before the start of Eid, the Grand Mufti said that Muslims can make a donation to reliable organizations.