Muslims observe the Five Pillars of Islam, which are ordained by Allah, to the best of their ability. Amongst which is the fasting of Ramadhan.
بُنِيَ الْإِسْلَامُ عَلَى خَمْسٍ عَلَى أَنْ يُعْبَدَ اللَّهُ وَيُكْفَرَ بِمَا دُونَهُ وَإِقَامِ الصَّلَاةِ وَإِيتَاءِ الزَّكَاةِ وَحَجِّ الْبَيْتِ وَصَوْمِ رَمَضَانَ
"Islam is built upon five: to worship Allah and to disbelieve in what is worshipped besides him, to establish prayer, to give charity, to perform Hajj pilgrimage to the house (of Allah), and to fast the month of Ramadan”
The whole month of Ramadan is akin to a school teaching us how to discipline ourselves and reinforce our resolution to align our life to the path that pleases Allah s.w.t. The rewards prepared in this holy month are unlike any other time in the Hijri calendar, especially the night of Laylatul Qadr.
Read: The Spiritual Significance of Ramadan: Is It Really About Understanding How The Poor Feels?
At the end of this journey, we graduate from the school of Ramadan by proclaiming the greatness of Allah s.w.t. to celebrate the hustles we must go through and successfully achieve its objectives. In Islam, a celebration is also an expression of gratitude for Allah's grace and mercy, which is why we celebrate with acts of worship to please Allah s.w.t.
Amongst the noble acts of worship and gratitude we can fulfil is the sunnah Aidilfitri prayer. In fact, we can perform this individually or together with our brothers and sisters in faith. This further uplifts our spirit and unity as believers.
Like the sunnah Aidiladha prayer, the sunnah Aidilfitri prayer is also considered one of the most highly regarded sunnah Prayers (nawafil). Although it is not wajib (obligatory), its ruling is sunnah muakkadah (highly recommended).
Read: How To Perform Aidilfitri Prayer
Alhamdulillah, you can look forward to performing the special Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers this year, with 230,000 spaces being offered.
Here are four things you should know about the Hari Raya prayer booking for 2023:
Sixty-eight mosques will conduct Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayer, with up to three prayer sessions. With the further easing of safe management measures, mosques will now offer 230,000 spaces.
The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) and the mosque sector will open the booking window for Hari Raya prayer slots on Tuesday, 18 April 2023, at 10 a.m.
Sixty-three mosques do not require bookings.
Bookings are only required for congregants who wish to attend session 1 of the following Mosques:
1. Masjid Al-Mawaddah
2. Masjid Darul Ghufran
3. Masjid Salim Mattar
4. Masjid Wak Tanjong
5. Masjid Yusof Ishak
You can do so via https://prayerbooking.ourmasjid.sg/ or the Muslim.sg app.
Congregants attending the second and third sessions may walk in to perform their prayer without bookings.
Additionally, Muis also encourages the community to consider the following Mosques, which may have lesser crowds to allow more space and hopefully set better allocations for others:
1. Masjid Abdul Hamid Kampung Pasiran
2. Masjid Al-Muttaqin
3. Masjid An-Nahdhah
4. Masjid Hajjah Rahimabi Kebun Limau
5. Masjid Muhajirin
6. Masjid Omar Salmah
7. Masjid Al-Amin
8. Masjid Jamiyah Ar-Rabitah
9. Masjid Ahmad
10. Masjid Al-Huda
11. Masjid Hang Jebat
12. Masjid Hussain Sulaiman
13. Masjid Tentera Di Raja
Muslimah spaces are available at most mosques except at seven mosques:
1. Masjid Jamae (Chulia)
2. Masjid Bencoolen
3. Masjid Malabar
4. Masjid Tasek Utara
5. Masjid Abdul Gafoor
6. Masjid Angulia
7. Masjid Hajjah Fatimah
Alternatively, another 20 supplementary places offering 10,000 spaces for congregants will conduct prayer for one session only at 8.15 a.m.
For more information, do visit https://www.muis.gov.sg/Aidilfitri-2023/Hari-Raya-Prayer