Assalam o alaikum ,
Respected Mufti Sahab, how should one greet others on Eid days as I have come to know that hugging and saying Eid mubarak is biddah. Does hugging three times or only one time suffice or even this is not allowed. I have seen Ulemas and Imams and Alims doing muanqah and musafah on eid. Then how no one stops this if it is biddah. Then how should one greet on eid days. If I show this fatwa given below to others they will say this system is done thorughout the world and even in India and now you have brought a newstory to say that greeting and hugging doing handshake is biddah? What to do in this case.What is the sunnat method of greeting on Eid. But in hadith it is written that when you meet your muslim brother then greet by doing musafah then how come this act has become biddah on eid. Please throw some of your Ilm light.
QUESTION AND ANSWER:
1) Is it sunnah to hug three times/one time and say Eid Mubarak when we meet Muslim brothers after Eid prayers?
(2) Is it sunnah to go for meeting elders after Eid prayers, to say Eid Mubarak and for Eid mulaqat. Please clarify both the points and tell me what the correct method is on the day of Eid.
(1) No musafaha (shaking hands) and muaanqa (hugging) is proved from Shariah after Eid salah; hence it is bidah to do musafaha and muaanqa considering it sunnah after Eid salah. It shall earn you sin instead of reward. However, it is lawful to say Eid Mubarak when the moon is sighted.
(2) It is not proved from the Sahaba etc to visit elders after Eid salah on Eid day to say Eid Mubarak hence it shall not be correct to consider it sunnah.
(3) The following practices are sunnah on Eid day; each Muslim should do them:
(1) To take a bath.
(2) To do miswak.
(3) To put on ones best clothes.
(4) To apply attar.
(5) To take any sweet before going for Eid salah.
(6) To pay sadaqah fitr before Eid salah if it is wajib.
(7) On the occasion of Eid al-Azha not to eat anything before the salah and eat the meat of Qurbani after salah.
(8) To perform Eid salah in Eidgah.
(9) To go to the Eidgah by foot i.e. should not ride unnecessarily.
(10) To go by one route and return by another one.
(11) Not to perform any nafl salah at home or Eidgah before Eid salah and not offering any nafl in Eidgah after Eid salah. However you may offer nafl salah when you reach home.
(12) To say Takbeer Tashriq while going to the Eidgah, however it shall be read in low voice during Eid al-Fitr and aloud Eid Al-Azha. Here is the Takbeer Tashriq:
(13) To express cheerfulness and happiness.
(14) To do sadaqah extensively. So it is mentioned in the books of Fiqh and Fatawa.
Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best
Darul Uloom Deoband