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Q 5: When announcing the start of Salat-ul-`Eid (the Festival Prayer) should the Imam say, "Al-Salatu-jami`ah (prayer is about to begin) or should he pronounce Takbirat-ul-Ihram (saying: "Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]" upon starting Prayer) without making this announcement? The Imam who led us in Salat-ul-`Eid this year pronounced Takbirat-ul-Ihram without announcing the start of the prayer. After the Salah, I discussed this matter with him and he told me that as long as those offering prayers behind the Imam can see him, it is not permissible to call for Salah. Is what he said correct?

A: When the Imam starts Salat-ul-`Eid, he should say Takbirat-ul-Ihram and not "Al-Salah Jami`ah", or "Salat-ul-`Eid", or any other saying for there is no evidence that indicate this. However, the Imam should call people by saying, "Al-Salah Jami`ah" in Salat-ul-Kusuf (Prayer at the time of a solar eclipse) and Salat-ul-Khusuf (Prayer on a lunar eclipse)."May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.