Wear­ing Per­fume for Your Hus­band

It is reported that ‘Umar b. Al-Khattāb came out one Eid. Passing by a group of women, he could smell the scent of perfume from one of them. He asked, “Who is the one wearing this scent? By Allāh, if I knew who she was, I would do such-and-such (punish her). A woman is only to wear perfume for her husband, and if she goes out, she wears her older (scruffier) clothes or the older clothes of her servant.” And so it was rumoured amongst the women that the woman [who was wearing perfume in public] got up from that gathering having soiled herself (out of fear).

Ibn Abī Shaybah, Al-Musannaf article 6387.

Three Sunan of Eid Al-Fitr

Imām Saʿīd b. Al-Musayyib – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

The Sunnah of Al-Fiṭr consists of three things: Walking to the prayer place (muṣallā), eating before leaving [for the prayer] and taking a full bath.

Al-Firyābī, Aḥkām Al-ʿEidayn #18. Shaykh Al-Albānī graded its chain of transmission ṣaḥīḥ in Irwāʾ Al-Ghalīl 3:104.

Umar on the Virtue of Hajj

It is reported that ‘Umar b. Al-Khattâb – Allâh be pleased with him – once came out and saw a travelling party; he asked:

Who is this travelling party? They replied, “Pilgrims (on Hajj).” He asked them three times, “And nothing else has brought you forth?” They replied, “Nothing else.” He said, “If the travelers [on Hajj] knew who they were coming to, they would feel the delight of having great virtue after forgiveness [from Allâh]. By He in whose hand is ‘Umar’s soul, never does [the pilgrim’s] camel raise its hoof and place it back down except that Allâh raises [the pilgrim] in rank, forgives one of his sins and writes for him a good deed.”

‘Abd Al-Razzâq Al-San’ânî, Al-Musannaf 5: 4, 5.

When to Bath

A man once asked ‘Alî – Allâh be pleased with him – about taking a full bath (ghusl). He replied, “Wash every day if you want.” The man said, “No, what I mean is the ghusl.” ‘Ali replied, “Al-Jumu’ah (Friday), the Day of ‘Arafah, the Day of Al-Nahr (sacrificial slaughter, ‘Eid al-Adhâ) and the Day of Al-Fitr (the ‘Eid following Ramadân).”

Al-Bayhaqî, Al-Sunan Al-Kubrâ, hadîth #6343. In Irwâ Al-Ghalîl, under hadîth #146, Shaykh Al-Albânî graded its chain of transmission sahîh and said this is the best evidence for the recommendation to bath on the two ‘Eid celebrations.

Eid Greetings of the Companions

The Companions of Allâh’s Messenger – peace and blessings be upon him – used to say to each other when they met on ‘Eid:

Eid greeting

(taqabbalallâhu minnâ wa minkum, which means ‘may Allâh accept from us and you [our fasts and deeds].’)

Al-Hâfidh Ibn Hajr, Fath Al-Bârî, grades this narration’s chain of transmission hasan and cites it from Al-Mahâmilîyyât.