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How many takbirs are in Eid prayer? is it six or twelve?


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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

There is a strong difference of opinion among the Sahabah, Tabieen and leading scholars and there are many views:

  • The Hanafis – and Ahmad are of the view that there are six additional takbirs, three in the first rakah and three in the second.
  • Iman Shafi is of the view that The additional takbirs are seven in the first rakah and five in the second.
  • Some say it seven in the first rakah and seven in the second.
  • The Maalikis and Hanbalis said that in Eid prayer there are six takbirs in the first rakah and five in the second.

Thus there is a strong difference of opinion regarding the number of extra takbirs in the Eid prayer, and all are acceptable because if the early generations differed concerning a matter and there was no definitive text, then the matter is broad in scope and all views as acceptable.

The soundest regarding this matter is narrated from Ummul Muminin: Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin: The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) would say the takbir (Allah is most great) seven times in the first rak'ah and five times in the second rak'ah on the day of the breaking of the fast and on the day of sacrifice (on the occasion of both the 'Id prayers, the two festivals). Abu Dawud [ Book 3 : Hadith 1145 ] And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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