Reported from Anas (RA) who said: "The Messenger of Allah would not set out in the morning of 'Eid-ul-Fitr until he had eaten some dates." (Reported by Al-Bukhari, At-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah and Ahmad)
Imaam al-Muhallab said: "The wisdom behind eating before 'Eid prayer is so that no person with doubt in his mind thinks that the fasting remains until after the prayer. So it is as if he (SAW) wanted to stop this from occurring."
(Fath-ul-Baaree. Refer to what the author has said regarding the wisdom in preferring dates.)
Buraidah (RA) said: "The Prophet (SAW) would not leave on the morning of 'Eid-ul-Fitr until he had eaten and on the day of 'Adhaa he would not eat until he had returned from the prayer and he would eat from his sacrifice."
(Reported by At-Tirmidhee, Ibn Maajah and Ad-Daarimee, Ahmad and its chain is hasan)
The renowned scholar Ibn al-Qayyim said: "...as for 'Eid-ul-'Adhaa, then he (SAW) would not eat until he returned from the musallaa and he would eat from his sacrifice."
The renowned scholar as-Shawkaanee (In Nail-ul-Awtaar) said: "The wisdom behind delaying eating on the day of 'Adhaa, is because it is a day in which slaughtering and eating from the sacrifice has been
legislated. Therefore it has been prescribed that the eating be from the sacrifice. This view was held by Ibn Qudaamah."
(Refer to al-Mughnee)
Zain ibn Munayyir (Refer to Fath ul-Baaree) said: "Eating by the Prophet (SAW) in both 'Eids occurred at the time for which it has been legislated to give the sadaqa connected to that 'Eid. Giving sadaqut-ul-fitr before going to the musallaa and giving sadaqat-ul-'Adhaa after slaughtering the sacrifice."
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