Why is Eid Salah prayed?
Salat-ul-Eid is considered either a sunnah, wajib (required), or fard kifaya (communal obligation) act of worship depending on the madhab you follow.
Where can it be prayed?
It can be done at home, especially under these circumstances, either in congregation or individually. Salat-ul-Eid has additional takbeerat that differentiate it from the regular prayers.
How to prepare
On the morning of Eid, it’s sunnah to take a shower (i.e. perform ghusl) before you settle down to pray. It is also sunnah to start the day by eating dates after you’ve prayed.
When to pray
Eid prayer must be performed after the sun has risen. As a result, you cannot pray the Eid prayer immediately after Fajr. Also, Eid prayer must be performed before zawaal. Zawaal refers to the time in which the sun has reached zenith, its highest point in the sky.
Therefore, our recommendation is to perform the Eid prayer anytime between the hours of 7am and 12pm.
There is no khutbah (sermon) after the prayer if you pray at home. However, you can listen to a sermon online because it’s mandub (recommended), not wajib (required) to listen to a khutbah.
Islamic Relief will have a live Eid Khutbah (the live stream is embedded above) at 11am Eastern (8am Pacific, 9am Mountain, and 10am Central).
You can pray the Eid prayer before and tune in to listen.