Should Eids be observed?


Allah does not impose us any "Eid" prayers or festivals. Therefore, Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha are man-made innovations and should not be observed as any religious significance. Most probably they were derived from the local culture.

 There is a fake hadith (hence lies are attributed to prophet Muhammad) says about Eids.
"Anas (radhi allahu anhu) said: "The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) came to Madeenah and the people of Madeenah had in Jahiliyah two days of play and amusement (they are the day of Niarooz (New Years Day) and the day of Maharajaan (Final Day of the Year). So, the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "I came to you and you had in Jahiliyah two days of play and amusement. Indeed, Allah has replaced them for you by that which is better than them: The day of Nahr (slaughtering) and the day of Fitr (breaking fast)." [(saheeh) Musnad Ahmad (3/103, 178, 235 and others)]"

Some people argue that the Qurbani must be observed. But according to the holy Quran, Qurbani is related to Hajj and therefore it is not a general practice which corrupt Muslims observe during their Eid-al-Adha. The Animal Sacrifice is one of the rites of the Pilgrimage and animal must be donated to the Kabah. Therefore, the animal has to reach the Kabah. Obviously, the animal killing during the "Qurbani Eid" does not serve this purpose. Only Allah's name shall be mentioned during sacrifice.  The meat shall be consumed by Hajji, poor and needy:

[The holy Quran, 22:26-37] We appointed Abraham to establish the Shrine: "You shall not idolize any other god beside Me, and purify My shrine for those who visit it, those who live near it, and those who bow and prostrate.

22:27. "And proclaim that the people shall observe Hajj pilgrimage. They will come to you walking or riding on various exhausted (means of transportation). They will come from the farthest locations."

22:28. They may seek commercial benefits, and they shall commemorate GOD's name during the specified days for providing them with livestock. "Eat therefrom and feed the despondent and the poor."

22:29. They shall complete their obligations, fulfill their vows, and visit the ancient shrine.

22:30. Those who reverence the rites decreed by GOD have deserved a good reward at their Lord. All livestock is made lawful for your food, except for those specifically prohibited for you. You shall avoid the abomination of idol worship, and avoid bearing false witness.

22:31. You shall maintain your devotion absolutely to GOD alone. Anyone who sets up any idol beside GOD is like one who fell from the sky, then gets snatched up by vultures, or blown away by the wind into a deep ravine.

22:32. Indeed, those who reverence the rites decreed by GOD demonstrate the righteousness of their hearts.

22:33. The (livestock) provide you with many benefits for a period, before being donated to the ancient shrine.

22:34. For each congregation we have decreed rites whereby they commemorate the name of GOD for providing them with the livestock. Your god is one and the same god; you shall all submit to Him. Give good news to the obedient.

22:35. They are the ones whose hearts tremble upon mentioning GOD, they steadfastly persevere during adversity, they observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and from our provisions to them, they give to charity.

22:36. The animal offerings are among the rites decreed by GOD for your own good. You shall mention GOD's name on them while they are stand- ing in line. Once they are offered for sacrifice, you shall eat therefrom and feed the poor and the needy. This is why we subdued them for you, that you may show your appreciation.

22:37. Neither their meat, nor their blood reaches GOD. What reaches Him is your righteousness. He has subdued them for you, that you may show your appreciation by glorifying GOD for guiding you. Give good news to the charitable.

We always encourage people to check and do research on the holy Quran independently about any issue. In fact, that is an obligatory work for every Muslim. No place for blind believing or blind following in Islam. This write-up is just for a general guide.

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