Sunday, October 21, 2012

First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah...

Praise Be to The MOST High !!!

The blessed days are here one more time!

The glorious days when rewards are multiplied many times, and sins are forgiven much more... 
the days in which Allah gives us yet another chance to worship Him, to ask for forgiveness and correct our faults and make up for our shortcomings....

What are these magnificent days?
These blessed days are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

Just like the last ten nights of Ramadhan are the best ten nights out of the whole year, the Ulama [Scholars] tell us that out of the 365 days of the year, these first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are the best days of the year and the most beloved to Allah as they combine acts of worship in a way unlike any other times.

The Prophet Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him] testified to that. He said:
 
"There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." The people asked, "Not even jihad for the sake of Allah?" He said, "Not even jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing." [Bukhari]

What a blessing!

The question is.....what do I do on these magnificent days and how can I make the most of this perfect, golden opportunity to earn rewards and Jannah [Paradise]?

Obviously, Hajj is one of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days. However for those of us who were not invited to Allah's House this year, there are still many, many good deeds that one can do and earn the Pleasure of Allah. 

Some of these are: 

1) Fast all nine days and especially fast the Day of 'Arafah

The Prophet said: "Anyone who fasts for one day for Allah's pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for [a distance covered by a journey of] seventy years." [Bukhari, Muslim]

Just imagine.....if you fast these nine days [fasting on Eid is haram/forbidden], how far your distance will be from hell! 

The Prophet used to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah and he said: "Fasting the Day of 'Arafah (ninth Dhul-hijjah) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and an expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year." [Muslim]

2) Do a LOT of Dhikr and Takbeer

The Prophet said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), Takbeer (saying Allahu akbar) and Tahmeed (saying al-hamdu Lillaah)." [Ahmad -Saheeh]
 
3)Make Sincere Repentance 

One of the best and most important things to do during these ten days is to repent sincerely to Allah and to give up all kinds of disobedience and sin right away because we do not know when we will die, and also because one evil deed leads to another.
 
But what does 'repentance' exactly mean? 

It means that you come back to Allah and give up all the deeds, open and secret, that He dislikes.... that you regret whatever you did in the past, giving it up immediately and be determined never ever, to return to it, and resolve to adhere firmly to the Truth by doing whatever Allah loves.

"But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful." [al-Qasas 28:67]

4) Come back to the Quran
 
It is time now to dust off your copy of the Quran and return to its refuge.Make it a daily habit, using these 10 days the beginning of a strong and beautiful relationship with it. Read it with meaning, understand it, and then implement it and change your lives for the better, as much as you can. Remember that reading one letter of the Quran earns you 10 rewards. 
 
In this way, reading Surat Al-Fatihah,which doesn't take more than two minutes will give you more than one thousand rewards! This is on ordinary days, so what about these magnificent days! Certainly the reward will be far greater, Inshallah. 
 
5) Generally increase in doing ALL good deeds 

We should strive in doing more good deeds in general, because good deeds are beloved by Allah and will bring us closer to Him. So if we are not able to go to Hajj this year, we should occupy ourselves during these blessed days by worshiping Allah, praying extra prayers, reading Quran, remembering Allah, sending Salaams on the Prophet , making dua [Supplications], giving charity, honoring our parents, upholding ties of kinship, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, and other good deeds and acts of worship. 

"So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it; And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it."[al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

6) Get the reward of Hajj wherever you are
 

You may be unable to do Hajj this year, and you may feel sad because you are deprived of the great reward of Hajj. But you can achieve a similar reward in whatever place you may be. 

The Prophet said: "Whoever prays Fajr Prayer in congregation, and then sits and remembers Allah until the sun rises, then (after a while) prays two rakaats, he will gain a reward equal to that of making perfect Hajj and Umrah." [He repeated the word "perfect" thrice.] (At-Tirmidhi) 

Isn't that easy, Alhamdulillah !
7) Slaughter an animal and distribute the meat 

Ibn Umar said: The Prophet lived in Madinah for 10 years and every year he slaughtered an animal." [Ahmad-Saheeh]

8) Attend Eid prayers
 

But remember that Eid prayer is a form of worship and we shouldn't be doing things that are UnIslamic [especially] during these times...
 
9) Thank Allah 

One of the biggest forms of worshiping Allah  is to thank Him, deeply, sincerely and continuously. After all, it is He who gave you every single thing that is in you, on you or around you. In fact, you wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for the Mercy of your Creator. So thank Him for ALL that He gave you, the Islam that He gave you, the very life He gave you. And thank Him for the chance that He gives you in these ten days, to ask for forgiveness and guidance. 
 
Praise Be to The Most High !, there is much to be gained in these coming days. So make the most of this perfect opportunity offered by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days. Hasten to do good deeds and appreciate this blessing and make the most of it, striving hard in worship . 

"And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (death)." [al-Hijr 15:99] 
 
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