There are many sins and acts of disobedience practiced by some Muslims more  frequently during the Eid days than at other times of the year. To
them, the  Eid is an occasion to give up some of the Islaamic principles. They are  usually encouraged to do so by the state of joy that they
experience during  the Eids. A few of these acts of disobedience are highlighted below.


One of the frequently practiced acts of disobedience is for men and women who  are not mahrams (1) to mingle and do things prohibited in Islaam,
such as:

* Touching and shaking hands.
* Men and woman chatting, laughing, and sometimes flirting with each other.
* Men and women looking intently at each other.


It is very common for people to play music and listen to it during the Eid.  They often associate this with drinking, or with national or belly dancing,  all in the name of Islaam (Astagh Ferrullah)! All of this is prohibited by  consensus among the early scholars including the Four Imaams. The Prophet (SAW) said:

There will be among my Ummah those who would indulge in hir (adultery and fornications), wearing silk (wearing natural silk is prohibited for men),
Khamr (any alcoholic beverage), and musical instruments. Some of those people would camp beside a mountain. A poor shepherd tending their animals
would come to them in the evening asking for a need of his. They would say,  "Come back tomorrow." So Allaah would destroy (most of) them during
the night, bringing the mountain down over them, and would transform others to  apes and pigs until the day of Resurrection.
recorded it without isnaad (no. 5590). But it was connected in four different ways  recorded in Abu Daawood and others. It is authenticated by
Ibn Hajar,  al-Albaanee, and others]


Muslims are supposed to dress up for the Eid. In doing so, however, both men and women commit many violations of Islaam, among which are the

* Women exposing their heads and other parts of their bodies.
* Women wearing perfumes, makeup, decorated and alluring clothing, and some national costumes (Sari for example) that contradict Islaamic teachings.
* Men wearing natural silk or gold.
* Men wearing tight pants and Western attire.
* Men shaving their beards.


People often spend extravagantly during the Eid. They waste money on things  that are useless and of no benefit for the Muslims. Allaah (SWT) says:

Do not waste your wealth senselessly. Those who spend wastefully are the brothers of the devils; and the Devil is ever ungrateful to his Lord. {Al-Israa 17:26-27)

And Allaah's Messenger (SAW) said:

A son of Aadam will not depart from his position (of reckoning) before his Lord on the day of Resurrection until he is questioned about four things:
* His lifetime - how did he pass it,
* his body - how did he utilize it,
* his wealth - where did he earn it, and how did he spend it,
* and his knowledge - what did he do with it.

 [ At-Tirmithee and others; authenticated by al-Albaanee (Irwaa ul-Ghaleel no. 7300).]


In addition to the extravagance discussed above, many well-to-do people neglect the poor during the Eid. Sometimes, they would treat them in an
arrogant and despising manner. Even when they give them zakaat ul-fitr or a portion of the sacrifice, they do that in a haughty way, impressing on
them the great favor they are rendering to them. This defeats the purpose of these Eid offerings, and contradicts the Islaamic teachings concerning
brotherhood among the Muslims.



After praying the Eid prayer in the masjid or musallaa, some people avoid the masjid for the rest of the day! Unless they have an acceptable excuse,
they would be committing a sin by that. As emphasized earlier the Eid is an occasion to increase in obedience and good deeds - not a chance to run
away from Islaamic obligations.


(1) Mahram derives from haruma, which means "became prohibited". It refers to specific relatives who, by virtue of blood, suckling, or marriage,
become permanently prohibited to marry each other.

Thus, in addition to a woman's current husband, her mahrams are: her father, grandfather, son, grandson, brother, immediate uncle (from the
mother's or father's side), father in law, son in law, foster son, foster brother, etc.

Examples of non-mahrams: cousins (on both sides), step brothers, brothers in law, etc.

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