How to Perform Eid-ul-Adha Prayer
Eid is a special occasions and one of the things which makes it so is the Eid-ul-Adha
Since this prayer comes only once a year, there is often confusion about how to
perform this prayer. Here is how to do it:
In general, when praying any Salah, always follow the Imam in prayer. Do not make
your movements (i.e. bowing, prostrating, etc.) before he does or different from him.
Eid prayer consists of two units (Rakat in Arabic, singular is Raka). The main
difference in the way this prayer and any other prayer of two
Rakat is performed is the number of Takbirs that are done.
Takbirs is an the Arabic word referring to when "Allahu Akbar" is said and the hands
are raised to the ears.
The First Raka
Make an intention of doing two Rakat behind the Imam for Eid prayer along with six
After the Imam has said "Allahu Akbar" the first time, you should raise your hands
and follow. This is the first Takbir of the prayer.
There will be 3 Takbirs before the Imam starts reciting Quran. Each time the Imam
says "Allahu Akbar", you should follow by raising your hands, then putting them on
your sides. After the third Takbir, the Imam will begin reciting the Quran. At that
point, you should put your hands on your chest, with your right hand on top of the
Listen to the recitation of the Holy Quran. The Imam will recite Surah Al Fatiha (the
first Surah of the Quran) and then another Surah.
When the Imam says "Allahu Akbar" go into Ruku (the bowing position).
Stand up straight when he says Sami Allahu liman Hamidah (Allah hears those who
praise Him), and say "Rabbana lakal Hamd" (our Lord praise be to You) in a low
When the Imam says "Allahu Akbar" go into Sujud (prostration). You will do two
prostrations as in normal prayer.
The Second Raka
The Imam will first recite from the Holy Quran (first Surah Al Fatiha and another
After the recitation, before going into Ruku, there will be 3 Takbirs. Follow the
Imam. Raise your hands after each "Allahu Akbar". After the third Takbir, go into
Ruku (the bowing position).
Stand up straight when the Imam says Sami Allah huliman Hamidah, and say
"Rabbana lakal Hamd" in a low voice.
When the Imam says "Allahu Akbar" go into Sujud. You will do two prostrations.
After this, you sit for the complete Tashshahud.
After the Imam ends the prayer by turning to his face to the right first and saying
"Assalamu alaikum wa Rahmatullah" and then to his left and doing the same, you
Do not get up right away. The Imam will give a short Khutbah (speech).
still and listen. It is recommended to do so.