Book of the Two Festivals (Eids) starts today.
Volume 2, Book 15, Number 767:
Narrated ‘Abdullah bin Umar:
Umar bought a silk cloak from the market, took it to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Take it and adorn yourself with it during the ‘Id and when the delegations visit you.” Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) replied, “This dress is for those who have no share (in the Hereafter).” After a long period Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) sent to Umar a cloak of silk brocade. Umar came to Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) with the cloak and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! You said that this dress was for those who had no share (in the Hereafter); yet you have sent me this cloak.” Allah’s Apostle said to him, “Sell it and fulfill your needs by it.”
This Hadith shows us that the Prophet (SAW) refused to wear that new cloak – not because it was new, but because it was made of silk. Silk is not allowed for men to wear.
Coming to the next point, should we wear ‘new’ clothes on Eid, or the ‘best’ clothes? Well, in many narrations, we get to know that the Prophet (SAW) used to wear his best clothes on Eid – not necessarily new.
It was narrated that Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had a cloak which he would wear on the two Eids and on Fridays.
Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, 1756.
Al-Bayhaqi narrated with a saheeh isnaad (authentic chain of narrators) that Ibn ‘Umar used to wear his best clothes on Eid.
Imam an-Nasafi says in Kanz ad-Daqa’iq:
The Sunnah is to wear one’s best clothes on Eid.
If one can afford new clothes, then he may wear them. Nothing wrong about that as long as we don’t make a fuss about it every other Eid. Getting my point? :P
P.S. wearing your best clothes is good. But going out like that is good for men only. Women should observe the proper rulings of hijaab and cover their zeenah (beauty) while going out. Eid or not.
Ibn `Uthaymeen in his Majmoo` Fatawa:
You should wear your best clothes – this is for men. With regard to women, they should not wear beautiful clothes when they go out to the Eid prayer-place, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Let them go out looking decent” i.e., in regular clothes that are not fancy. It is haraam for them to go out wearing perfume and makeup.
Must read point no. 5 here.
Similar Hadith discussed here.
Hadith no. 319 and 320 are repeats. Read here.
Hafsa said, ‘We used to forbid our young women to go out for the two ‘Id prayers. A woman came and stayed at the palace of Bani Khalaf and she narrated about her sister whose husband took part in twelve holy battles along with the Prophet and her sister was with her husband in six (out of these twelve). She (the woman’s sister) said, “We used to treat the wounded, look after the patients and once I asked the Prophet, ‘Is there any harm for any of us to stay at home if she doesn’t have a veil?’ He said, ‘She should cover herself with the veil of her companion and should participate in the good deeds and in the religious gathering of the Muslims.’ When Um ‘Atiya came I asked her whether she had heard it from the Prophet. She replied, “Yes. May my father be sacrificed for him (the Prophet)! (Whenever she mentioned the Prophet she used to say, ‘May my father be sacrificed for him) I have heard the Prophet saying, ‘The unmarried young virgins and the mature girl who stay often screened or the young unmarried virgins who often stay screened and the menstruating women should come out and participate in the good deeds as well as the religious gathering of the faithful believers but the menstruating women should keep away from the Musalla (praying place).’ ” Hafsa asked Um ‘Atiya surprisingly, “Do you say the menstruating women?” She replied, “Doesn’t a menstruating woman attend ‘Arafat (Hajj) and such and such (other deeds)?”
Basic implication is: menstruating women should participate in religious gatherings. ‘Id prayers are an example. In our culture, women don’t attend the ‘Id prayers at all, let alone the menstruating ones. However, Prophet (SAW) greatly emphasized on Muslim men and women gathering together to offer the ‘Id prayers. And even the menstruating women should attend.
It’s a great way to socialize and bring the Ummah together. Feels great to worship Allah in congregation!
‘Id-ul-Fitr is up next. Make plans to attend the prayers at your nearby mosque/’Id-gah etc. :)