Correct greetings during Eid

It is permissible for Muslims to greet each other on the day of Eid with specific greetings that have been reported from the sahabah (radiAllahu anhumma) and from amongst the Salaf.

Responding to a question in this regard, Shaykh ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

“As for people greeting each other after the eid prayer by, ‘Taqaballahu minna wa minkum‘ (may Allah accept it from you and us) – it is reported that some of the shahabah practiced it, and the scholars permitted it. However, Ahmad said, ‘I do not initiate saying it to anyone; but if one says it to me, I answer him. This is because responding to a greeting is obligatory, but to initiate the greeting is not a required sunnah, neither is it prohibited: whoever does it it would have an example (from the salaf) and whoever does not would have a predecessor as well.” [Majmoo al-Fataawaa (24/253)]

Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajr Al-Asqalani (rahimahullah) said: “We have related in “Mahaamiliyaat” with a chain of narration that is hasan, from Jabyr ibn Nufayr who said: ‘When the companions of Allah’s Messenger (sulAllahu alaihi wa salaam) met on the day of ‘eid, they would say to each other, ‘Taqaballahu minna wa minkum (may Allah accept from you and us ).” [Al Mahamiliyyat; hasan isnad; see Fath ul Bari 2:446]

Ibn Qudaamah mentioned in al-Mughnee (2/259) that Muhammad ibn Ziyad said: I was with Abu Umamah al Bahili (rahimahullah) and some other companions of the Prophet (sulAllahu alaihi wa salaam). When they returned from the eid, they said to each other, ‘Taqabbalallahu minna wa minkum (May Allaah accept it from you and us).”

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Moderator’s notes:

Let’s stick to the way of the Salaf as-Saalih (our righteous predecessors) during this upcoming ‘eid and greet each other with the saying:

“Taqabballahu mina wa minkum”

Revive the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (sulAllahu alaihi wa salaam) and our Salaf and stay away from greeting each other with the commonly used phrase “Eid Mubarak” as we do not find it anywhere from amongst our Salaf who used such a term.

As Allah says in the Qur’aan:

“When you are greeted with a greeting, greet back with better than it or return it. Lo! Allah takes count of all things.” [Surah an-Nisa v. 86]

And He ta’ala says:

“Would you exchange that which is better for that which is lower?” [Surah al-Baqarah v. 61]

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6 Comments

  1. tawheedfirst said,

    October 13, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu

    I tried listening to the ‘Humbleness of Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen’ at the bottom of the page but the voice is indiscernible, very fast and animated almost – like a tape gone wrong. Hopefully you can find a working version, I’d like to listen to it inshaaAllah.

    Wa Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu

  2. listenandobey said,

    October 15, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Wa-Alaikum Salaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu sister,

    Actually i tried to fix it but couldn’t get it to work right. Here is the link to the tape inshallah http://understand-islam.net/audio/andromeda.php?q=s&sm=ff&s=ibn+%27U&x=7&y=7
    inshallah this will help…….because this is a must listen……

    ma’salaam

  3. tawheedfirst said,

    October 16, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    JazaakAllaahu Khayr

  4. listenandobey said,

    October 17, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Waiyyakum

  5. Muhammed Luqman said,

    December 6, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Assalamu Alaikum,
    I have a doubt in the transliteration of what you have given,
    I believe it to be:

    TAQABBALALLAHU MINNA WA MINKUM,
    PLEASE NOTE THE FIRST WORD THAT SHOULD BE taqabbal – allahu

    thanks

  6. Zahid said,

    August 7, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Arabic Wording of it : [copied from internet] :

    Arabic of : “May ALLAH accept from us and you”
    تَقَبَّلَ اللّهُ مِنَّا وَ مِنْكُمْ
    ‘Taqabbala Allahu minna wa minkum’


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