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The blessed days of the Dhul-Hijjah

bism (2)قال صلى الله عليه وسلم: “أفضل أيام الدنيا أيام العشر” رواه البزار من حديث جابر بن عبدالله

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “The best days in this worldly life are the (first) ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah).” (1)

A short beneficial reminder by shaykh 3Assim Al-Hakeem, on the virtues of Ten days of Dhul-Hijjah and examples of good deeds that can be done in these 10 days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8XikQc_FVs&rel=0

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The Best Days

Virtues of 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

Making the Best of these 10 Days:

Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah 1

Fasting the First Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Advice About the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah  [New]

Takbeer of Dhul-Hijjah (Revive the Sunnah)

More Dhul-Hijjah resources =>> Here <<=

3Arafah & Udhiyah Rulings:

Rulings for One Who Wants to Offer A Sacrifice (Must Read)

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Dhul Hijjah Checklist

Bismillaah

The month of Dhul-Hijjah is just round the corner. The first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah are the best days of the year. Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said about these days:

There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.”

The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said, 

“Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, 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.”

Let’s make the best of these superior days.  Please watch 4-minute advice by shaykh Nabil Al-3Awadhi or read this excellent article to get the maximum benefits from these 10 days.

Attached herewith is the checklist for many good deeds, that can be done daily during these days. Download and print it and lets try to do as much as possible. 

Do make du3aa’ to Allaah to help us and give us tawfeeq to do good deeds, seeking His Pleasure only.

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنِّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ وَشُكْرِكَ وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ

 “O Allaah, help me to remember You, to give You thanks, and to perform Your worship in the best manner.”

Dhul Hijjah Checklist (rightclick & save target as)

(with all authentic ahadeeth about the rewards of good deeds)

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Fasting the First Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Advice About the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah [New]

Takbeer of Dhul-Hijjah (Revive the Sunnah)

Suggested Program For 3Arafah [New]

Advice About the Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Bismillaah - Copyعن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما عن النبي  صلى الله عليه وسلم قال : ” ما من أيام العمل الصالح فيهن أحب إلى الله منه في هذه الأيام العشر . قالوا ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله !! قال : ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله ، إلا رجل خرج بنفسه وماله ولم يرجع من ذلك بشيء ” أخرجه البخاري 2/457 

Ibn 3Abbaas radi Allaahu 3Anhuma reported that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.”

The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?”

He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, 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.” (1)

A beneficial reminder and advice about these 10 days, by shaykh Nabil al-3Awadhi. A worth-watching 4-minute video, highlighting various good deeds that one can do in these days.

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The Best Days

Virtues of 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

Make the Best of These 10 Days:

Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah 1 [excellent read]

Fasting the First Nine Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Takbeer of Dhul-Hijjah (Revive the Sunnah)

More Dhul-Hijjah resources =>> Here <<=

3Arafah & Udhiyah Rulings:

Rulings for One Who Wants to Offer A Sacrifice (Must Read)

Some Rulings on Udhiyah [Sacrifice]

Suggested Program For 3Arafah [New]

More 3Arafah resources =>> Here <<=

Reference:

(1) Reported by Al-Bukhaaree, 2/457

Beginning of Dhul-Hijjah1435H

Bismillah-Salam


Announcement of the High Judiciary Council (HJC) of Saudi Arabia regarding the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah 1435H (2014).

Saudi Arabia has declared that  tomorrow, Thursday, 25th September 2014 will be the 1st day of Dhul-Hijjah.

1 Dhul-Hijjah 1435 = Thursday, 25th September 2014

9 Dhul-Hijjah 1435 (3Arafah day) = Friday, 3rd October 2014

10 Dhul-Hijjah 1435 (3Eed Al-Adhaa) = Saturday, 4th October 2014

source

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Fasting The First Nine Days Of Dhul-Hijjah (Must Read)

Takbeer of Dhul-Hijjah (Revive the Sunnah) (Must Read)

Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah 1

Rulings for One Who Wants to Offer A Sacrifice (Must Read)

Beginning of Dhul-Hijjah 1434H

Bismillah in ArabicAnnouncement of the High Judiciary Council (HJC) of Saudi Arabia regarding the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah 1434H (2013).

Saudi Arabia has declared that  tomorrow, Sunday 6th October 2013 will be the 1 day of Dhul-Hijjah.

1 Dhul-Hijjah 1434 = Sunday, 6th October  2013
9 Dhul-Hijjah 1434 (3Arafah day) = Monday, 14th October 2013
10 Dhul-Hijjah 1434 (3Eed Al-Adhaa) = Tuesday, 15th October 2013

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Fasting The First Nine Days Of Dhul-Hijjah

Takbeer of Dhul-Hijjah (Revive the Sunnah) (Must Read)

Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah 1

Virtues of Dhul Hijjah & Recommended Deeds

Rulings for One Who Wants to Offer A Sacrifice (Must Read)

Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah 2

(continued from part 1)

3. Make lots of Dhikr:

Do a lot of dhikr, especially in these days.

There are no days greater in the sight of Allaah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (Laa ilaaha illAllaah), Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (Alhamdulillaah)”. [12]

So what did the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam tell us to do in these days?

That, we need to make the dhikr of tahleel, tahmeed & takbeer [13] As soon as the announcement of Dhul-Hijjah is made, start your dhikr:

الله اكبر الله اكبر لا اله الا الله

الله اكبر الله اكبر ولله الحمد

“Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah,

Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar. Wa lillaahil-hamd.”

Many people mistakenly believe that you chant this only on the day of 3Eed. But, it is meant to be recited from the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah.

Bukhaaree related that Ibn 3Umar & Abu Hurayrah said that they used to go out in the streets making loud takbeer. They did not think that this was riyaa [showing off]. They were busy with declaring the signs of Allaah. This practice has now become a forgotten Sunnah.

Why do people feel shy to follow this Sunnah?

These are the days of takbeer, tahleel & tahmeed with raised voices. Therefore revive this Sunnah by doing audible tasbeeh during all of the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

For women, when you are in your homes, raise your voices. You will remind your children, husbands, brothers, etc. Make it like a habit so that you will find yourself doing dhikr automatically. While walking, reclining, working, eating, just keep doing dhikr.

Send a lot of blessings and salaam upon the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam consistently. Just one hadeeth should be enough for the believer who loves sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam. It is enough honor that when you send your salaam to Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam,  Allaah returns his soul to him in order to answer you: “There is no one who sends salaam upon me but Allaah will restore to me my soul so that I may return his salaam.” [14]

Therefore, send your darood & salaam from your heart.

Feel that special honor in doing that deed.

4. Istighfaar:

All kinds of dhikr will make your relation with Allaah stronger and stronger.

How many Muslims are there today? 1.5 billion? In one minute it is possible to gain 1.5 billion hasanaat.

Allaahu Akbar!!

How generous is Allaah subhaanahu  wa ta3aalaa.

No one will give you like Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa gives.

So how can you gain 1.5 million hasanaat?

By making istighfaar [seeking forgiveness] for all Muslims. The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam is reported to have said that when a person seeks forgiveness for all believers, Allaah will write for him a hasanaat for every one of those believers. [15]

Just say “Astaghfirullaah” for yourself and for all the believers, from your heart. Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa is forgiving & generous.

On the Day of Judgement, when you will see your book, you will find the record of your sins in it & you will feel regret. But, SubhaanAllaah, you will find between these sins, Astaghfirullaah, Astaghfirullaah, Astaghfirullaah.

Bi-idhnillaah. Allaah, the Kareem will cancel those sins that have istighfaar beside them, around them, after them.

Indeed, rahamaat are falling down like rain. So try to be under those rahamaat. Look at it this way – there are seasons of mercy during which Allaah sends down abundant mercy [like during Ramadaan, like the days of Dhul-Hijjah, etc.]. Allaah is always generous because that is one of His subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa Attributes, but He says that He gives more during certain periods. Allaah isRaheem always, but He says He has more mercy during a certain period. These days are like those special-rate promotions or sale season. Therefore, don’t leave or ignore this sale.

Go and ask for more. Keep saying ‘astaghfirullaah’, ‘astaghfirullaah’, astaghfirullaah’, keep insisting on it till Allaah forgives you.

Start from the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah.

“…nor will He punish them while they seek (Allaah’s) forgiveness.” [soorah Al-Anfaal, v:33]

We are informed that there is no punishment from subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa on the yastaghfiroon [i.e. those who seek forgiveness]. Allaah relieves all problems with istighfaar. Those who are persistent in istighfaar in their lives, disasters and calamities will be repelled from them. Mercy is like a cloud on the head of the mustaghfiroon [those who consistently seek forgiveness].

How do we know this?

“Why seek you not the forgiveness of Allaah, that you may receive mercy?” [soorah An-Naml, v:46]

Allaah is telling us to make istighfaar to gain His mercy. Let your istighfaar ascend to Him and His mercy will descend upon you.

5. Fasting:

Fast as much as you can during these blessed days. If you can fast all of these days, then do so. Even in any regular day, Allaah has promised a great reward for the one who fasts: “Whoever fasts one day for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will keep his face seventy years distance away from the Fire because of it.” [16] So what about these special days for which it is said: “There is no deed more precious in the sight of Allaah, or greater in reward, than a good deed done during the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.”

Allaah loves the good deeds in these days. Allaah loves siyaam. Put these two beloved things together,  you are the doer of the things Allaah loves. He subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa will Love you, bi-idhnillaah.

Any 3Ibaadah, be it salaah, dhikr, Qur’aan, that is done during some periods of time and with them are also periods of non-action. Can you do any of them from Fajr till Maghrib continuously?

Which 3Ibaadah will you be able to do non-stop?

Siyaam!

From Fajr till Maghrib during the best days, you will be able to be in a continuous state of worship. So please my sisters [& brothers], grab this chance eagerly. Also don’t forget you have if Allaah wills, at least one du3aa’ guaranteed with each siyaam – at the time of breaking the fast. So that is nine opportune moments during this period.

Regarding fasting on the day of 3Arafah, the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Fasting the day of 3Arafah, I hope, will expiate the sins of the year before it and the year to come…” [17]

So how does this happen?

Does this mean that we can fast on that day and for the rest of the year we can do whatever we want of bad deeds?

No! It implies that Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa will help us to abstain from sins. And, if you commit a sin by mistake, He subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa will cancel it due to His promise.

6. Charity:

Spending for the sake of Allaah!

Only Allaah knows how many trials & calamities have been pushed away from us, our family and loved ones as a result of our sadaqah. Allaah knows how many times relief and ease has come to us due to the sadaqah we gave.

Therefore, give in the way of Allâh, as much as you can.

Don’t leave any raised hands return empty. Show Allaah that you love Him by spending from that which you love. Show Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa that all these things mean nothing besides gaining His ridha [pleasure].

Don’t look and remind yourself of what you have already spent in the past. If Allaah wills, He subhaanahu wa ta3alaa has accepted and written it for you. Now, think of how you can outdo that sadaqah during these days. Spend from what you love and Allaah will love you.

7. Preserve the Ties of Kinship:

Preserve the ties of kinship for: “No one who severs the ties of kinship will enter Paradise.” [18]

If it is difficult for you to call or meet every relative, then send them a message. But write with your heart and with the right intention. There is a man who connects with all of his near and far relatives. It is almost like a mission for him for the sake of Allaah. He subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa loves this 3ibaadah. Even those who are far away, he calls and connects them to the rest of the family and brings them all together. And subhaan-Allaah, Allah has given him a lot of wealth and with such ease and has made his life easy, and as a result of his deeds.

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam promised this reward for the one who connects and maintains kinship: “Whoever would like his rizq [provision] to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.” [19]

These were just a few of the wonderful things we can do during the forthcoming best days of Dhul-Hijjah. Therefore, if we want Allaah’s help with these deeds and our schedule for them, we need to do a lot of tawbah. The Salaf as-Salih used to say that they would feel prevented from qiyaam al-layl due to their sins. They knew that when they want to do 3ibaadah and they are unable to do it, it is due sins.

So, what do we need to do?

A lot of istighfaar with tawbah, real Tawbah!

Ask Allaah for help.

Make the du3aa: “O Allaah, help me to remember You, to give You thanks, and to perform Your worship in the best manner.” [20]

Transcription of a lecture “How to benefit from the blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah” by Umm 3Abdur-Rahmaan. 

Original source Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Yaqoob’s lecture.

(Download as pdf ) Making The Most Of The Blessed Days Of Dhul-Hijjah

References:

[12] Ahmad, 7/224
[13] Tahleel [“Laa ilaaha ill-Allah”], Tahmîd [“Alhamdulillah”] and Takbîr [“Allaahu Akbar”]. See: Ahmad, 7/224
[14] Aboo Daawood, 2041 – classed as hasan by al-Albaanee
[15] Classed as hasan by al Albaanee
[16] Muslim, 2/808
[17] Muslim, 1976
[18] Saheeh Muslim
[19] Al-Bukhaarî, 5986 and Muslim, 2557
[20] Saheeh Aboo Daawood, 1/284

Making the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah

وَالْفَجْرِ .وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ

“By the ten nights.” [Al- Fajr, v:2]

The “ten nights” which Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa is swearing here, are the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. [1] Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta3alaa] swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit.

Ibn 3Abbas radi Allaahu 3anhu narrated that Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days”.

He was asked: “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said: “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, 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.” [2]

So, my sisters [and brothers] take note of the following:

Have the intention to spread this important information.

It is a great chance to collect uncountable hasanaat [rewards].

It is a great chance to renew your relation with Allaah [subhaana wa ta3alaa].

Prepare now so you can start from the first night/day of the month [i.e. as soon as Dhul-Hijjah is announced]. You don’t want to miss a moment of the best days in the sight of Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta3alaa].

Since the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam referred to the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah as: “…no days better than these days in the sight of Allaah.” [3], the scholars have said that these are better than Ramadan. [4]

Therefore, be very vigilant and don’t waste these precious moments. Ask Allaah to help you to benefit from this period of His special Grace.

Ask yourself these questions [non-rhetorical]:

Did you intend to benefit from these days?

What have you done to prepare for these 10 days?

Did you prepare a program?

What is your plan of action?

Here is a brief guide to help you to prepare for the best days of the year:

1. Read the Qur’aan:

Plan to complete the reading of the Qur’aan within this period.

If you read three juz (parts) a day, it can be accomplished. It is not difficult. Ask Allaah to make it easy for you. We know reciting one letter is equal to ten hasanaat [rewards]. If you read three juzz’ everyday, it translates to thousands of millions of hasanaat.

Subhaan-Allaah!!

And this calculation is just based on the 1=10 ratio. These are special days of His Grace. Therefore, don’t even think about how much Allaah can/will increase & add it for you. You cannot fathom it. He is Al-Kareem. He knows that you have ikhlaas [sincerity]; He will not count it as 1=10. He could raise it to 1=700 or even more. And this is what you can earn every day of these special days.

Keep in mind that reciting the Qur’aan is a good deed and Allaah specially loves the good deeds done in these days: “And if He [subhaanahu wa ta3alaa] loves the good deeds, He will love the doer of those good deeds.” [5] If Allaah loves someone, He will not punish them.

Remember this concept so that the deeds you do come from your heart [don’t be like a machine].

Honor the rights of the Qur’aan when reciting it.

2. Increase in Nawaafil Prayers:

Increase your supererogatory prayers.

Ask yourself these questions and make sure that your heart gives you sincere answers:

Do you have an aim?
Do you really want to be closer to Allaah?
Do you live with this craving?
Do you really love Allaah and seek His closeness?

If, you want this, then know that Allaah teaches you the means to gaining His qurb [closeness].

Allaah says: (interpretation of meaning)

“Fall prostrate and draw near to Allaah!” [soorah Al-3Alaq, v:19]

This is the way! Prostrate in sujood to Him [subhaanahu wa ta’alaa] and you will be closer to Him.

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The closest that a person is to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a great deal of du’aa then.” [6] 

He sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam is commanding us to make a lot of du’aa while in sujood. Are we obeying his order? Yes? We need to do more. For he sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said to: “…make lots of du3aa.”

Remember, the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam loved us and he knew that we have a lot of needs from Allaah. This is why he taught us the way to get those needs fulfilled. Therefore, if you have needs, then you cannot leave sujood. Any sajdah without khushoo3 [focus] & without du3aa’ [like your forehead is touching the ground and your mind is in the kitchen or the office] is a big khasaara [regretful loss].

Let us not be losers from now on bi-idhnillaah.

When the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam instructed us to do a lot of sujood, it means to perform a lot of salaah [prayer]. “With each sajdah for Allaah, He will raise you a level with it. And cancel a sin with it.” So, the more you increase in your sujood, the closer you are to being a winner.

Examples for increasing nawaafil salaah [voluntary prayers]:

a] Salaat Duhaa: Also known as al-Awwaabeen, may be offered as 2, 4, 6 or 8 rak3aat, prayed after the sun has risen and before the time for Dhuhr approaches. [7]

“Al-Awwaab’ (الاوّاب) means one who is obedient, or one who turns to obedience. Bi-idhnillaah, we want to show Allaah that we are of those who are obedient.

b] 4 rak3aat before and 4 after Dhuhr: Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Whoever regularly performs four rak3aat before Dhuhr and four after it, Allaah will forbid him to the Fire.” [8]

c] 4 rak’aat before 3Asr: The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “May Allaah have mercy on those who pray four rak’aat before ‘Asr prayer.” [9] 

Bi-idhnillaah, you stand to gain the mercy of Allaah because of the du3aa’ of Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam.

Do you want the mercy of Allaah to reach you?

Don’t leave these 4 rak3aat.

d] Tahhiyyatul Masjid:  Greet the masjid with two rak3aat: “If any one of you enters a masjid, he should pray two rak3aat before sitting.” [10]

e] Salaat at-Tawbah: It could be any bad deed, any sin, you hear something bad [backbiting], you see something bad, you feel your heart constricted because of something you have done and you didn’t mean it, etc, you can erase it immediately with your prayer of repentance. Make a good wudhoo’ and offer two sincere rak3aat of repentance. Ask Allaah to forgive you. If it’s from your heart, then know that Allaah will cancel your sin.

 g] Qiyaam al-Layl: With this prayer, we hope that Allaah will illuminate our graves; will bestow Noor on our faces; will cancel our bad deeds, bi-idhnillaah.

Pray at least two rak3aat. If you are able to follow the Sunnah, then pray all 11 rak3aat [including witr].

Remember that in these special days and nights, Allaah is sending His special mercy. 

Do you think that this special mercy will reach everybody?

Do you think that it will reach the one who is in front of the TV watching a movie?

Or listening to music?

Or do you think it will reach the one who is making sujood, rukoo3, tilaawah, making istighfaar, etc.?

We have to show Allaah that we want this special mercy. We need to make ourselves eligible for it.

Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3alaa swears by the night [Soorah Fajr]. Therefore, take care of the nights. Don’t be among the losers.

Write this in bold and make it your motivational factor for the special days: “We won’t be among the losers!”

Remember: “Our Lord, may He be blessed and exalted, comes down to the lowest heaven every night when the last third of the night is left, and He says: ‘Who will call upon Me, that I may answer him? Who will ask of Me, that I may give him? Who will ask Me for forgiveness, that I may forgive him?’.” [11] 

And, now that it is winter, we get really long nights. So it’s a good chance to maximize our hasanaat. Don’t forget while you are praying qiyaam that Allaah subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa loves this deed. Therefore, He subhaanahu wa ta3alaa loves the doer of this deed also.

If we were lazy before, we will be active and good from now on bi-idhnillaah. We will not be among the losers. If these days and nights are a king who is distributing gifts of gold while announcing: “Come take these gold nuggets”, wAllaahi, you will find people standing in long queues and hordes to collect them.

Subhaan-Allaah!!  Allaah is sending [special] mercy during these days. He subhaanahu wa ta3alaa is accepting supplications. He subhaanahu wa ta3aalaa is offering unimaginably wonderful blessings that we don’t even know of.

So will we not work to get in those lines to gather Allaah’s gifts?

…to be continued

Making The Most Of The Blessed Days Of Dhul-Hijjah (part 2)

Transcription of a lecture “How to benefit from the blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah”
by Umm 3Abdur-Rahmaan. 

Original source Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Yaqoob’s lecture.

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References:

[1] Ibn 3Abbas, Ibn az-Zubayr, Mujâhid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Ibn Katheer said: “This is the correct opinion.” [Tafseer ibn Katheer, 8/413]
[2] Al-Bukhaarî, 2/457
[3] Ahmad, 7/224 – Ahmad Shaakir stated that it is saheeh
[4] The verses [Al-Fajr 89:1-2] and various hadîth indicate that these 10 days are better than all the other days of the year, with no exceptions, not even the last ten days of Ramadaan. But the last ten nights of Ramadaan are better, because they include Layl al-Qadr [“the Night of Power”], which is better than a thousand months. Thus the various reports may be reconciled. [See: Tafseer ibn Katheeîr, 5/412]
[5] Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen
[6] Muslim, 482
[7] Muslim, 1238
[8] At-Tirmidhî, 428 – classed as sahîh by al-Albânî in Sahîh al-Nasaaî
[9] At-Tirmidhî, 395 – classed as hasan by al-Albânî in Saheeh al-Jâmi 3493
[10] Al-Bukhaarî & Muslim
[11] Al-Bukhaarî, 1094 and Muslim, 758

The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

Slaves of Allaah!

You are approaching virtuous days; they are the best days as the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said in an authentic hadeeth: “The best days in this life are the (first) ten days of Dhul-Hijjah”.

Furthermore, Allaah swore by them in His Book, and when Allaah swears by something, it is a reflection of its great importance. Allaah says that which translates to: “By the dawn. And the nights of the ten days”. (soorah Al Fajr, v:1-2).

These are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah and they include the day of 3Arafah, about which the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “There is no day in which Allaah frees more of His slaves from The Fire than the day of 3Arafah” (1).

These ten days are concluded by the day of An Nahr (sacrifice); then follows the day of Al Qarr. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The greatest days in the scale of Allaah are the days of An Nahr and Al Qarr” (2).

The day of An Nahr is the major day of Hajj and the day of 3Eed; the day of Al Qarr is the following day. Virtuous deeds have a magnified position during these days. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than the (first) ten days of Dhul-Hijjah” (3). In another narration the companions asked: “Not even Jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Not even Jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except for a man who loses (sacrifices) both his wealth and life in a battle” (4).

What great virtues and what a great season!

What an opportunity this is to collect greater rewards than that of Jihaad, which is the best deed after sound belief and punctual salaah. This season represents a wonderful opportunity for those who want to compete in collecting rewards and a miserable loss for the idle, who shun such opportunities.

Slaves of Allaah!

Compete for and rush towards the forgiveness of Allaah and paradise which is as wide as the heavens and earth and do not slacken and be unhurried, because the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Being laid-back is best in every matter except for good deeds” (5).

One must compete and march forward when it comes to working for the hereafter as Allaah says that which translates as: “… So for this let the competitors compete(6) and also, “…So race to (all that is) good…” (7).

In this season, the roads leading to goodness are numerous, so do not miss out on any of them. The intelligent ones are those who exhaust themselves during this season to gain abundantly; you see many of them joining their days with their nights, continuously doing righteous deeds and hardly sleeping in order to get the most out of this season. On the other hand, you see those who put all their efforts into the attainment of worldly gains. The sad fact is that the result of all this effort would be, at most, the doubling of their capital – if indeed they do not actually lose it.

As for the wise believers, nothing is dearer to them than increasing their efforts and righteous deeds that please the Lord, get them closer to Him and elevate their ranks; Allaah told us what pleases Him in His Book and through His messenger; Allaah will guide those who truly wish for goodness (if He Wills).

1) Salaah is one of the ways leading to goodness and something that Allaah loves. The slave must be keen to perform it in congregation as Allaah says that which translates to:

“…And bow (in rukoo3) with those who bow” (8),

and the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said, “He who hears the Adhaan (call for Salaah) and does not respond, his Salaah is not accepted, except with the congregation, unless he has a (valid) excuse” (9). The excuse is either fear, sickness or rain.

A slave of Allaah who is guided would supply himself with optional salaah in these ten days, because it is a path to goodness and something that Allaah loves. Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam  said: “Salaah is the best thing that one can do, so perform as many as you possibly can” (10) and he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam  also said: “Two light rak3aat which you may think as insignificant to add to you deeds, is better for you than possessing the whole world” (11)

He SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam also said, as narrated by Abu Hurayrah, “The son of Aadam could not do anything more beneficial for himself than salaah, reconciliation (between Muslims) and being well mannered” (12).

These were three examples of good deeds that lead to righteousness, salaah, reconciliation and being well mannered which are better than anything else that the son of Aadam can do, yet you see some people slight the performance of obligatory salaah, let alone optional salaah; you see them instigating disputes between people; and you see ill-mannered people who have lost out on the great reward for having a good character. So let us repent to Allaah from our sins, reform our situation and improve our manners. 

Some of the Ahaadeeth which mention the virtues of optional salaah are as follows: “Prostrate as much as you can, because whenever you prostrate, Allaah elevates your rank by a degree and wipes out a sin from your record” (13)

And in another narration“Whenever a slave prostrates to Allaah, Allaah writes a reward for him, wipes out one of his sins and elevates his rank by one degree; so prostrate as much as you can” (14).

The way to perform salaah is as the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam described: “The night salaah is done two (rak3aat) at a time” (15) and in another narration: “The optional salaah at night and during the day is done two Rak3aat at a time” (16).

Slaves of Allaah!!

2. Another of the paths to righteousness and fields of competition is reciting the Qur’aan. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The best amongst you are those who learn the Qur’aan and then teach it” (17)

He SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam also said: “He who recites a letter from the Book of Allaah will get a reward and each of these rewards will be multiplied ten times. I do not mean ‘Alif Laam Meem’ is one letter, but rather ‘Alif” is a letter, ‘Laam is a letter and ‘Meem’ is a letter”. (18)

And he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam  also said: “If one of goes to the masjid and learns a verse or reads two verses from the Book of Allaah, is better for him than owning two she-camels, (reading) three are better than (owning) three, (reading) four are better than (owning) four and so on”. (19)

3. Another of the fields of goodness is fasting as the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam encouraged us to “Fast on Mondays and Thursdays”. (20)

“Fast the day of 3Arafah”. (21)

Also: “Fast like the Prophet Daawood (who fasted every other day)” (22).

I do not know of any specific reference that relates to any special virtue for fasting these ten days in particular, but, having said this I would add that one should still fast during these days because of the general texts encouraging good deeds during these ten days.

4. Another way is giving in charity. 3Abdur Rahmaan Ibn Saburah, radiaAllahu 3anhu, narrated that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “(Every day) An Angel calls out in the heavens saying, ‘O Allaah! Bless and compensate for the wealth of the one who spends (for your sake) and ruin the wealth of the one who holds back (from spending)'” (23)

Also Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said to Bilaal, radi-Allahu 3Anhu: “Spend (charitably) O Bilaal! – and do not fear that Allaah will decrease your provision (due to your spending)”

And he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam  addressed Asmaa’, radi-Allahu 3anhaa, saying: “Spend (charitably) and don’t count (i.e. don’t be cautious in spending in this manner) otherwise your provisions will become limited and don’t hold back (from spending in charity) otherwise your provisions will be held back” (24)

The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam also said: “I swear that these three things are true: That giving in charity does not decrease the wealth of the slave …..…” (25).

Giving in charity enables one to be among the seven categories of people who will be protected under the shade of the Throne of Allaah; regarding this, the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “… and a man who gave charity so secretly that even his left hand would not know how much his right hand had spent” (26)

Also, “Charity given in secret extinguishes the wrath of Allaah”. One of the best forms of charitable giving is to give someone a drink of water as the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “The best form of charity is giving someone water (to drink)” (27).

O slaves of Allaah! One of the best deeds in these days is to initiate Hajj as a way of drawing closer to Allaah and fasting the day of 3Arafah for those who are not performing Hajj.

5. Offering a sacrificial animal is also one of the most virtuous deeds that one can perform. The Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said“He who does not offer a sacrifice while being financially able to, let him not come close to our masjid (i.e. pray with us)”

And he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam also said: “When the ten days (Dhu’l-Hijjah) have begun and one of you intends to offer a sacrifice, then let him not cut any of his hair or remove anything from his skin” (28)

In another narration he SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Let him not cut anything from his hair or nails until he sacrifices” (29).

These are examples of virtuous deeds, so take advantage of them; beware of laziness and neglect and know that Allaah has favored certain seasons over others, so let us take advantage of these opportunities and increase our righteous deeds; perhaps Allaah will forgive us for our sins and shortcomings.

By Shaykh 3Abdur-Rahmaan As-Sudays
Translated by Hazem Ragab

Dhul Hijjah by shaykh Sudays (Download as pdf)

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Fasting The First Nine Days Of Dhul-Hijjah (Must Read!!)

Perfect Days For Perfect 3Ibaadah by Asma Bint Shameem

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References:
1. Muslim
2. Abu Daawood
3. Ad-Daarimee
4. Ahmad, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah, At-Tirmidhee
5. Abu Daawood & Al-Haakim
6. Soorah Al Mutaffifeen:26
7. Soorah Al-Baqarah:148
8. Soorah Al Baqarah:43
9.  Ibn Maajah
10. At-Tabaraanee
11. Ibn Al Mubaarak
12. Al Bayhaqee and others
13. Muslim
14. Ibn Maajah
15. Al Bukhaaree
16. Ahmad, Ibn Maajah and others
17. Al Bukhaaree
18. At Tirmidhi
19. Muslim
20.Ahmad & Nasaa’ee
21. Muslim
22. Bukhaaree & Muslim
23. At-Tabaraanee
24. Bukhaaree & Muslim
25. Ahmad & Tirmidhee
26. Bukhaaree & Muslim
27. Ahmad, An Nasaa’ee and Ibn Maajah
28. Muslim
29. Ad Daarimee

Making The Most Of The Blessed Days Of Dhul-Hijjah

 

(its never too late to start)

وَالْفَجْرِ .وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ

“By the ten nights.” [Al- Fajr, v:2]

The “ten nights” which Allaah subhaana wa ta3alaa is swearing by here, are the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. [1] Allaah [subhaanahu wa ta3alaa] swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit.

Ibn 3Abbas radi Allaahu 3anhu narrated that Prophet sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days”.

He was asked: “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said: “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, 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.” [2]

So, my sisters [and brothers] take note of the following:

Have the intention to spread this important information.

It is a great chance to collect uncountable hasanaat [rewards].

It is a great chance to renew your relation with Allaah [subhaana wa ta’alaa].

Prepare now so you can start from the first night/day of the month [i.e. as soon as Dhul-Hijjah is announced]. You don’t want to miss a moment of the best days in the sight of Allaah [subhaana wa ta3alaa].

Since the Prophet sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam referred to the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah as: “…no days better than these days in the sight of Allaah.” [3], the scholars have said that these are better than Ramadan. [4]

Therefore, be very vigilant and don’t waste these precious moments. Ask Allaah to help you to benefit from this period of His special Grace.

Ask yourself these questions [non-rhetorical]:

Did you intend to benefit from these days?

What have you done to prepare for these 10 days?

Did you prepare a program?

What is your plan of action?

Here is a brief guide to help you to prepare for the best days of the year

Making The Most Of The Blessed Days Of Dhul-Hijjah (right click & download)

(Excellent Read!!)

by Umm 3Abdur-Rahmaan
Transcribed from a lecture by  Shaykh Muhammad Hussain Ya3qoob, “how to benefit from Blessed day of Dhul-Hijjah”.

Perfect Days 4 Perfect 3Ibaadah

Alhamdulillaah……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 Allaah gives us yet another chance to worship Him, to ask for forgiveness and correct our faults and make up for our shortcomings…

the blessed days that the Sahaabah waited for…

the beautiful days in which they strived long and hard in worship, until they could do no more….

What are these magnificent days?

These blessed days are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

Just like the last ten nights of Ramadaan are the best ten nights out of the whole year, the 3Ulamaa’ 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 Allaah as they combine acts of worship in a way unlike any other times.

The Prophet testified to that. He said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.”

The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?”

He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, 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.” (1)

Subhaan Allaah wal-Hamdulillaah!

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, golden opportunity to earn rewards and Jannah?

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, many good deeds that one can do and earn the Pleasure of Allaah.

Some of these are:

1) Fast all nine days and especially fast the Day of 3Arafah

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Anyone who fasts for one day for Allaah’s pleasure, Allaah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.” (2)

Just imagine…..if you fast these nine days (fasting on 3Eid is haraam), how far your distance will be from hell!

Prophet used to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah and he said: “Fasting the Day of 3Arafah (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.” (3)

2) Do a LOT of Dhikr and Takbeer

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “There are no days greater in the sight of Allaah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (Laa ilaaha illAllaah), Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (Alhamdulillaah)”. (4)

Ibn 3Umar and Abu Hurayrah used to go out in the market place during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. (5)

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 Allaah. Revive the Sunnah that have been virtually forgotten and earn great rewards for doing so.

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam 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.” (6)

Obviously, men should recite these phrases out loud, and women should recite them quietly.

3) Stand in Night Prayers:

Remember the virtues of spending the night in prayer, and its sweetness in Ramadaan?! Why not revive this beautiful act of worship during these nights as well?!

Remember, how in the last third of every night, Allaah Almighty calls out to us, His servants:

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? (7)

Why do we miss this golden opportunity?

So, seize the chance NOW and expose yourself to His Divine Generosity and Mercy, ask Him to forgive you and guide you and set things aright. He will surely listen.

4) Make Sincere Repentance

One of the best and most important things to do during these ten days is to repent sincerely to Allaah 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 Allaah 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 Allaah loves.

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

5) Come back to the Qur’aan

It is time now to dust off your copy of the Qur’aan 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 Qur’aan earns you 10 rewards.

In this way, reading Soorat Al-Fatihah,which doesn’t take more than two minutes will give you more than one thousand rewards!

This is an ordinary days, so what about these magnificent days!

Certainly the reward will be far greater, Inshaa’-Allaah.

6) Generally increase in doing ALL good deeds

We should strive in doing more good deeds in general, because good deeds are beloved by Allaah 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 worshipping Allaah, praying extra prayers, reading Qur’aan, remembering Allaah, sending Salaams on the Prophet, making du3aa’, 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.” [soorah Az-Zalzalah, v:7-8]

7) 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 Allaah until the sun rises, then (after a while) prays two rak3ah, he will gain a reward equal to that of making perfect Hajj and 3Umrah.” [He repeated the word “perfect” thrice.] (8)

Isn’t that easy, Alhamdulillah?

8.) Slaughter an animal and distribute the meat

Ibn 3Umar said: The Prophet lived in Madeenah for 10 years and every year he slaughtered an animal.” (9)

9) Attend 3Eid prayers

But remember that 3Eid prayer is a form of worship and we shouldn’t be doing things that are unIslaamic (especially) during these times, such as listening to music, women going out for prayer without proper Hijaab, mixing of men and women, etc.

10) Thank Allaah

One of the biggest forms of worshipping Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta3ala 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 Islaam 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.

Alhamdulillaah, there is much to be gained in these 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).” [soorah Al-Hijr, v:99]

By Asma bint Shameem

(Download as pdf Perfect Days For Perfect Ibaadah)

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Dhul-Hijjah Resources

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References:
1). Bukhaaree
2). Bukharee, Muslim
3). Muslim
4). Ahmad –Saheeh
5). Bukhaaree
6). Tirmidhee- hasan hadeeth
7). Bukhaaree, Muslim
8). At-Tirmidhee
9). Ahmad-Saheeh by al-Albaanee
 

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