Monday, 20 August 2018

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TOPIC: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF DHUL HIJJAH (PART 2)

Audhu billah minash shaytanir rajeem Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem. Alhamdu lil laahi Rabbil aalameen. Was salatu was salamu ala rasuluhee al kareem.

Last week we looked at five points that show the significance of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. As a reminder, the five points are:

  1. Allah swore by them in the Qur’an.

  2. They are part of the Forty Days Allah appointed for Prophet Musa for fasting.

  3. They are the days Allah appointed for celebration of His name over the cattles which has been provided for them.

  4. On one of these ten days, Allah completed the religion of Islam for His prophet (SAW).

  5. One of these ten days is the completion of the fifth pillar of Islam, i.e. hajj.

We also promised to discuss the remaining points this week.

  1. One of these ten days is the Day of slaughtering sacrificial animals. This is the day of eid al kabeer , the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah which Allah refers to as the ‘Day of the Great Pilgrimage’ in the Qur’an. Allah, in the Qur’an Chapter 9:3 says: And an announcement from Allah and His Messenger, to the people (assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage,- that Allah and His Messenger dissolve (treaty) obligations with the pagans. ……

The prophet Muhammad (SAW) was also reported to have said that: the best of the days in the sight of Allah is the day of sacrificing animals followed by the Day of al Qarr(which is the 11th Day of Dhul Hijjah). (It is so named because pilgrims stay in Minna) this had been collected by Imams Abu Dawud and ahmad, and was classified as Sound by al-Albaanee. The importance of this day could be viewed along the lines of the quantity of sacrificial animals slaughtered around the globe on this day.

  1. We also have the Day of Arafah as one of these ten days: the Day of ‘arafah is the ninth day of Dhul Hijjahin which allah protects His servants from hell fire, overlooks their shortcomings and also expresses His pride to the angels. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of ‘Arafah. He comes close and expresses His pride to the angels, saying, ‘What do these people want?’  [Sahih Muslim]

  2. They are the best of the days in the sight of Allah. This is another thing that shows the significance of these ten days. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of Al-Adha”. It was asked, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for Jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” Narrated by Al-Bukhari

Now, the questions we should be asking ourselves are, “How do we make the most of this season of blessings?”, “What deeds can I perform to attain His pleasure?”. The following are some examples of the acts of worship that will help us gain His pleasure In shaa Allah.

1. Perform Hajj (Pilgrimage)
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 His House this year, there are still many more ways to earn the pleasure of Allah.

2. Fast all nine days and especially on the ‘Day of Arafah’
The Prophet (SAW) 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)

The Prophet (SAW) used to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijja and he said: “Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year.” (Muslim)

3. Perform Dhikr and Takbeer
The Prophet (SAW) 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 Alhamdu Lillaah).” (Ahmad -Saheeh)

Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. (Bukhari)

Takbeer at this time is a Sunnah that has mostly been forgotten, especially during the first few days. So say it in the masjid, in your home, on the street and every place where it is permitted to remember Allah. Revive the Sunnah that have been virtually forgotten and earn great rewards for doing so.

The Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” (Tirmidhi- Hasan)

4. Stand the Night in Prayer
Seeking Allah’s forgiveness and humbling ourselves in front of Him in supplication and prayers during the latter part of the night is an act of worship that is very beloved to Allah (SAW).

Allah Almighty calls out to His servants in the latter part of the night: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” (Bukhaari, Muslim)

We should seize this opportunity and beg Him for His Divine Generosity and Mercy. We should ask Him as our Prophet (SAW) taught us “Our Lord, bless us with the best of this world and the best of hereafter and save us from the fire of Hell.

5. Make Sincere Repentance
Allah loves those who repent to Him in complete submission. The act of sincere repentance to Allah with intention to never return to His disobedience and sin is very dear to Him. Return to Allah by giving up all the deeds, open and secret, that He dislikes. Be regretful of your sins and disobedience and resolve to never return to sin and to firmly adhere to the path which Allah loves.

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

6. Return to Book of Allah (The Quran)
It is time to dust off your copy of the Quran. Establish a beautiful new relationship with the book of Allah starting in these ten days of Dhul-Hijja. Recite its verses and you will reap its blessings. Understand its message. Implement the commandments of this book in your life. This relationship with the Quran will open for you the doors of wisdom and happiness in your life. This will ultimately lead to guidance and success in this life and the Hereafter.

7. Increase in doing ALL good deeds
If you are not able to perform Hajj this year, occupy yourself during these blessed days by any and every possible good deed. Every act that is done with sincerity for the pleasure of Allah will bring you closer to Him.

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]

8. Slaughter an animal and distribute the meat (Sacrifice)
Ibn Umar said: “
The Prophet (SAW) lived in Madeenah for ten years and every year he slaughtered an animal.” (Ahmad-Saheeh by al-Albaani)

9. Attend Eid prayers
Attending Eid prayers are from the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (SAW). We should be keen on practicing this Sunnah and performing it according to the teachings of our Prophet (SAW). Eid is a time of joy and happiness and we should be inclusive of all of our brothers and sisters who may not be as fortunate to have enough to enjoy this blessed occasion.

10. Thank Allah
One of the biggest forms of worshiping Allah (SAW) is to thank Him, deeply, sincerely and continuously. After all, it is He who blessed you with all that you have. 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 blessing of Islam, the blessing of life and every blessing you possess. Thank Him for the opportunity to experience these ten days. Ask Him for His mercy, forgiveness and guidance.

Alhamdulillah, 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.

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

 

May Allah (SWT) make it easy for us and accept our supplications.