Under the current circumstances of COVID-19 lockdown, Eid-ul-Adha prayers can be performed within homes in congregation with a minimum of three people together with the option of Khutbah and in compliance with health and government regulations.

Eid prayer general guidelines within homes under the special circumstances of COVID-19 lockdown:
1. Eid prayer should be performed individually or in congregation within homes.
2. If three and more people are present then it should be performed in congregation led by the Imam.
3. If the Imam is capable of giving Khutbah (sermon), the Khutbah should be given after the prayer.
4. Health guidelines regarding physical distancing, cleanliness, and avoidance of hugging and shaking of hands should be adhered to.
5. External visitors joining the household for Eid prayer must follow government regulations specific to your location.
Time for Eid salaah (prayer)  is 15 minutes after sunrise until mid-day.
Further Eid prayer guidelines according to Hanafi Mathhab
  • 4 mature males including the Imam need to be present for the khutbah and salaah (prayer). Other members of the family may also join the salaah (prayer) at home.
  • 2 Rak’ah (Units) of Eid salaah need to be performed.
  • Eid khutbah needs to be given after the salaah (prayer).
Further Eid prayer guidelines according to Shafi Mathhab
  • A person may pray Eid salaah (prayer_ individually but if you are alone, only pray 2 rak’ahs and no khutbah should be given.
  • If there are 2 or more persons there will be a khutbah which will be given after the 2 rak’ahs.
How to perform Eid Prayer according to Hanafi Mathhab
  • Eid salaah consists of 2 rak’ahs of salaah (prayer) without any Athaan or Iqamah.
  • The salaah (prayer) is performed like any other 2 rak’ah salaah (prayer) however there are 6 additional takbeers while raising the hands with each takbeer.
  • 1st Rak’ah – The Imam will say the first takbeer (Allahu Akbar) to commence the salaah (prayer) by raising the hands then folding them. The Imam and the followers will then recite Dua-al-Istiftaah / Thanaa. The Imam will then say the 3 additional takbeers by raising the hands and leaving them on the side and only folding them on the 3rd takbeer. The followers will do the same. The remainder of the rak’ah will be completed as normal.
  • 2nd Rak’ah – The Imam will commence the second rak’ah by reciting Surah Fatihah and a Surah. Before proceeding to ruku the Imam will make the 3 additional takbeers by raising the hands and leaving them on the sides. The followers will do the same.
  • Thereafter on the 4th takbeer the Imam will go into ruku and complete the salaah as normal. After the salaah has been completed the Khutbah will be given. Any khutbah will suffice, short or long.