Visiting Family and Friends on Eid | Shaykh Muhammad bin Hādī al-Madkhalī

Question:

This [questioner] from Algeria asks: What is the ruling on specifying the day of Eid for visiting relatives and friends?

Shaykh Muhammad bin Hādī al-Madkhalī:

That is a good action and the relatives are most deserving of maintaining ties, because they are kinsfolk, they are more entitled than others [to this].

So start with them and then visit [the] others after that. That is what is required, that a person begins with his kinsfolk because they have a greater right upon him than others. He should treat them with kindness and if he has time [he can] visit his brothers.

If he achieves [all] that then all praise be to Allah – and if he does not achieve that, then it is not from the Sunnah to do that [anyway]. It is sufficient to meet the people at the Musalla – all praise and thanks be to Allah – and to meet them at the mosques at the five [daily] prayers, that can be achieved and is enough – and all praise and thanks be to Allah.

It is not a condition to visit [friends] at home. But this has become a custom of the people, and in this case the custom is not contradictory to the legislation, they do not claim that it is an act of worship and the reason for that is that it is a day of happiness and joy, so there is no problem in all that. And Allah knows best.

Source:
http://ar.miraath.net/fatwah/4062

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