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The blessed days of the Dhul-Hijjah

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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)

Some Rulings on Udhiyah [Sacrifice]

Suggested Program For 3Arafah [New]

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Prepare For The Arrival of Ramadaan

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Preparing For Ramadaan:

Shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid gave a detailed practical advice about how can we prepare ourselves for the arrival of Ramadaan. He said:

Among the best ways of preparing for the month of Ramadaan are:

1. Sincere repentance:

This is obligatory at all times, but because of the approach of a great and blessed month, it is even more important to hasten to repent from sins between you and your Lord, and between you and other people by giving them their rights, so that when the blessed month begins you may busy yourself with acts of worship with a clean heart and peace of mind. Allaah says:

وَتُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ جَمِيعاً أَيُّهَا الْمُؤْمِنُونَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” (1)

It was narrated from al-Agharr ibn Yasaar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

“O people, repent to Allaah for I repent to Him one hundred times each day.” (2)

2. Du3aa’ (supplication):

It was narrated from some of the salaf that they used to pray to Allaah for six months that they would live until Ramadaan, then they would pray for five months afterwards that He would accept it from them.

The Muslim should ask his Lord to let him live until Ramadaan with a strong religious commitment and good physical health, and he should ask Him to help him obey Him during the month, and ask Him to accept his good deeds from Him.

3. Rejoicing at the approach of the blessed month:

The arrival of Ramadaan is one of the great blessings that Allaah bestows upon His Muslim slave, because Ramadaan is one of the occasions of good in which the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed. It is the month of the Qur’aan and of decisive battles in the history of our religionAllaah says:

قُلْ بِفَضْلِ اللَّهِ وَبِرَحْمَتِهِ فَبِذَلِكَ فَلْيَفْرَحُوا هُوَ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُونَ

(interpretation of the meaning):

“Say: ‘In the Bounty of Allaah, and in His Mercy (i.e. Islam and the Qur’aan); —therein let them rejoice.’ That is better than what (the wealth) they amass”  (3)

4. Discharging the duty of any outstanding obligatory fasts

It was narrated that Abu Salamah said: I heard 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) say:

“I would owe fasts from the previous Ramadaan and I would not be able to make them up except in Sha3baan. (4)

Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

From her keenness to do that in Sha3baan it may be understood that it is not permissible to delay making them up until another Ramadaan begins. (5)

5 – Seeking knowledge in order to be able to follow the rulings on fasting and to understand the virtues of Ramadaan. (click Ramadaan resources / E-Books)

6 – Hastening to complete any tasks that may distract the Muslim from doing acts of worship. (click Time Management Tips for Ramadaan )

7 – Sitting with one’s family members – wife and children – to tell them of the rulings on fasting and encourage the young ones to fast.

8 – Preparing some books which can be read at home or given to the Imaam of the Masjid to read to the people during Ramadaan.

9 – Fasting some of the month of Sha3baan in preparation for fasting Ramadaan.

It was narrated that 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said:

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast until we said: He will not break his fast, and he used not to fast until we said: He will not fast. And I never saw the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam complete a month of fasting except Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more in any month than in Sha3baan. (6)

It was narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd said: “I said: O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any month as you fast in Sha3baan? He said:

“That is a month that people neglect between Rajab and Ramadaan, but it is a month in which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.” (7)

This hadeeth explains the wisdom behind fasting in Sha3baan, which is that it is a month in which deeds are taken up (to Allaah). Some of the scholars mentioned another reason, which is that this fasting is like Sunnah prayers offered beforehand in relation to the obligatory prayer; they prepare the soul for performing the obligatory action, and the same may be said of fasting Sha3baan before Ramadaan.

10 – Reading Qur’aan

Salamah ibn Kuhayl said: It was said that Sha3baan was the month of the Qur’aan readers.

When Sha3baan began, 3Amr ibn Qays would close his shop and free his time for reading Qur’aan.

Abu Bakr al-Balkhi said:

The month of Rajab is the month for planting, the month of Sha3baan is the month of irrigating the crops, and the month of Ramadaan is the month of harvesting the crops.

He also said:

The likeness of the month of Rajab is that of the wind, the likeness of Sha3baan is that of the clouds and the likeness of Ramadaan is that of the rain; whoever does not plant and sow in Rajab, and does not irrigate in Sha3baan, how can he reap in Ramadaan?

Now Rajab has passed, so what will you do in Sha3baan if you are seeking Ramadaan? This is how your Prophet and the early generations of the ummah were in this blessed month, so what will you do?

And Allaah is the Source of strength.

by shaykh Salih Al-Munajjid

Related Posts:

Wash your Heart before Ramadaan

Build A Daily Relationship with Qur’aan

Fasting In Sha3baan

Ramadaan Related Posts:

Preparing For An Amazing Ramadaan

How to Spend Ramadaan

Prepare for Ramadaan Transcribed lecture by Shaykh Hazim Rajeb

30 Steps to Warm Up for Ramadaan

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References:

(1) Soorah An-Noor 24:31

(2) Narrated by Muslim (2702)

(3) Soorah Yoonus 10:58

(4) Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1849) and Muslim (1146).

(5) Fath al-Baari (4/191)

(6) Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1868) and Muslim (1156).

(7) Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (2357); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.

Beginning of New Hijri Year 1437H

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Muharram, the 1st month of new Hijri year 1437H is starting from Thursday, 15th October 2014.

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

The best of fasting after Ramadaan is fasting Allaah’s month of Muharram. (1)

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Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said about fasting the 10th Muharram:

For fasting the day of 3Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before. (2)

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 09 Muharram 1437 H = Friday, 23rd October 2015

10 Muharram (3Aashooraa’) 1437H = Saturday, 24th October 2015

11 Muharram 1437H = Sunday, 25th October 2015

Important Note:

Also, please be advised that there is no special du3aa’, prayer or 3Ibaadah, to be done or end the Hijri year with.  click the link below.

End the Hijri year with fasting & Prayers for forgiveness? [Must read]

Related Posts:

Ruling on offering congratulations at the Beginning of the Hijri Year

Virtues of Allaah’s Sacred Month of Muharram

Fasting the Day of 3Ashooraa’

Fasting Taasoo3aa’ with 3Aashooraa’ [NEW]

More Muharram Resources

Reference:
(1)  Saheeh Muslim
(2) Saheeh Muslim

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

Fasting Taasoo3aa’ with 3Aashooraa’

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Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

For fasting the day of 3Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” (1)

Mustahabb (encouraged) to fast Taasoo3aa’ with 3Aashooraa’:

3Abd-Allaah ibn 3Abbaas radi Allaahu 3Anhuma said: “When the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam fasted on 3Aashooraa’ and commanded the Muslims to fast as well, they said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, it is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians’

The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

If I live to see the next year, in-shaa’-Allaah, we will fast on the ninth day too.’

But it so happened that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam passed away before the next year came.” (2)

Al-Shaafa3ee and his companions, Ahmad, Ishaaq and others said:

It is mustahabb [recommended] to fast both the ninth and the tenth, because the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam fasted the tenth and intended to fast the ninth.

Wisdom Behind Fasting Taasoo3aa’ with 3Aashooraa’

If one were to ask, what is the wisdom behind fasting the ninth as well as the tenth?  The answer is:

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

The scholars among our companions and others said that there are several reasons for recommending fasting on the ninth day (Taasoo3aa’):

1. The intention behind it is to be different from the Jews who limit their fasting to the tenth day. This was narrated from Ibn 3Abbaas.

2. The intention was to join the fast of 3Aashooraa to another day, just as it is not allowed to fast on a Friday on its own [but it is allowed if one fasts the day before or the day after as well].

3. The idea is to be on the safe side and make sure one is fasting on the tenth, in case the moon sighting was not accurate and what people think is the ninth is actually the tenth.

The strongest of these reasons is in order to be different from the People of the Book.

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Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyah said:

The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam forbade resembling the People of the Book in many ahaadeeth. For example, he said concerning 3Aashooraa: “If I live until next year I will certainly fast the ninth.” (3)

Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said, commenting on the hadeeth “If I live until next year I will certainly fast the ninth”:

His concern to fast the ninth may be understood as meaning that he would not limit himself to that, rather that he would add it to the tenth, either to be on the safe side, or to be different from the Jews and Christians, which is more likely to be correct; this is what may be understood from some of the reports narrated by Muslim.” (4)

Based on this, there are different ways of fasting 3Aashooraa, the least of which is to fast the tenth only, but it is better to fast the ninth as well. The more one fasts in Muharram, the better.

 Fasting Only On the Day of 3Aashooraa’:

Shaykh al-Islaam said:

Fasting on the day of 3Aashoraa’ is an expiation for a year, and it is not makrooh to fast only that day”. (5)

Ibn Hajar al-Haytami said: 

There is nothing wrong with fasting only on 3Aashooraa’.” (6)

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The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa said:

It is permissible to fast the day of 3Aashooraa’. (tenth day of Muharram) just one day, however, it is better to fast the day before it or the day after it (also)”. (7)

Related Posts:

Fasting the Day of 3Ashooraa’

Some Rulings About 3Aashooraa’

 References:
(1) Saheeh Muslim
(2) Saheeh Muslim, 1916.
(3) Al-Fataawa al-Kubra, part 6
(4) Fath al-Baari, 4/245
Read More: http://islamqa.com/en/ref/21785
(5) Al-Fataawa al-Kubra, part 5
(6) In Tuhfat al-Muhtaaj: part 3, Baab Sawm al-Tatawwu’
(7) Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘3lmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Volume 10, Page 401, Fatwa No.13700

Beginning of New Year 1436H

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Muharram, the 1st month of new Hijri year 1436H is starting from Saturday, 25th October 2014.

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said:

The best of fasting after Ramadaan is fasting Allaah’s month of Muharram. (1)

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Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said about fasting the 10th Muharram:

For fasting the day of 3Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before. (2)

 09 Muharram 1436 H = Sunday, 2nd November 2014

10 Muharram (3Aashooraa’) 1436H = Monday, 3rd November 2014

11 Muharram 1436H = Tuesday, 4th November 2014

Related Posts:

Ruling on offering congratulations at the Beginning of the Hijri Year

Virtues of Allaah’s Sacred Month of Muharram

Fasting the Day of 3Ashooraa’

More Muharram Resources

Reference:
(1)  Saheeh Muslim
(2) Saheeh Muslim

Virtues of Fasting 3 Days of Every Month

besm4Virtues of Fasting 3 Days of Every Month:

It is Mustahabb to fast three days each month. There are many ahadeeth, concerning the virtues of fasting 3 days, every month.

Advice of the Prophet:

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah radi-Allaahu 3Anhu said: “My close friend (the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam) advised me to do three things which I will not give up until I die: fasting three days of each month, praying Duhaa and going to sleep after Witr”. (1)

Its like Fasting For a life-Time:

3Abd-Allaah ibn 3Amr ibn al-3Aaas Radi-Allaahu 3Anhu said: The Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said to me:

“It is sufficient for you to fast three days every month, because for every good deed you will have (the reward of) ten like it, so that will be like fasting for a lifetime”. (2)

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Which Days of the Month To Fast:

Mu3aadhah al-3Adawiyyah asked 3Aa’ishah, the wife of the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam, “Did the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam fast three days of every month?”

She said, “Yes.”

She said to her: “Which days of the month did he fast?”

She said, “He did not mind which days of the month he would fast.” (3)

Fasting Ayyaam Al-Beed:

Beed  is the plural of Abyad which means white. Three days of 13, 14 and 15 of lunar month are called “Al-Ayyaam-ul-Beed” for the reason that their nights are bright because of the moonlight. The moon begins to diminish gradually after these days.

Jareer ibn 3Abd-Allaah radi-Allaahu 3Anhu said that, the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said: “Fasting three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime, and Ayyaam al-Beed are the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.” (4)

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Abu Dharr radi-Allaahu 3Anhu said: The Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam said to me: “If you fast any part of the month, then fast the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth.” (5) 

Fasting the 3 Fast Consecutively or Separately:

Shaykh 3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:

It was narrated in the hadeeth that the Prophet SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam advised Abu Hurayrah to fast three days of each month. When should these fasts be observed, and should they be one after the other?

He replied:

It is permissible to fast these days one after the other or separately, and they may be at the beginning of the month, or in the middle, or at the end. The matter is braod in scope, praise be to Allaah, because the Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam did not state any specific days.

3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha was asked: “The Messenger of Allaah SallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa Sallam fast three days of each month? She said: Yes.

It was asked: In which part of the month did he fast? She said: He would not bother in which part of the month he would fast.

But the 13th, 14th & 15th are better, because these are Al–Ayyaam al-Beed. (6)

Reference:
(1) Bukhaaree (1124); Muslim (721)
(2) Bukhaaree (1874); Muslim (1159)
(3) Muslim, 1160
(4) Nasaa’i, 2420; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1040.
(5) Al-Tirmidhi, 761; al-Nasaa’i, 2424; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1038.
(6) Majmoo3 Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen, 10/ question no. 376

 Related Posts:

Virtues of Fasting

Fasting Mondays & Thursdays

The Virtues of Fasting in the Heat

 

Beginning of New Year 1435H

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The Supreme Court announced that Tuesday, (02/01/1435 AH according to Umm Al-Qura Calendar), corresponding to 5th November 2013, is the first day of the lunar month of Muharram for the year 1435AH, due to the lack of evidence of sighting the crescent of the month of Muharram on Sunday evening, 29th Dhu Al-Hijjah 1434 AH.
This came in a statement issued by the Supreme Court today. (1)

Muharram, the 1st month of new Hijri year 1435H has started from Today, 5th November 2013.

Prophet sallAllaahu 3etAlayhi wa sallam said: “The best of fasting after Ramadaan is fasting Allaah’s month of Muharram.”

Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said about fasting the 10th Muharram: “For fasting the day of 3Aashooraa’, I hope that Allaah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.”

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09 Muharram 1435 H = Wednesday, 13th November 2013
10 Muharram (3Aashooraa’) 1435H = Thursday, 14th November 2013
11 Muharram 1435H = Friday, 15th November 2013.

Related Posts:

Virtues of Allaah’s Sacred Month of Muharram

Ruling on offering congratulations at the Beginning of the Hijri Year

Fasting the Day of 3Ashooraa’

More Muharram Resources

Reference:
(1) Arab News
http://www.arabnews.com/news/472761

Fasting In Sha3baan

عن أسامة بن زيد رضي الله عنهما قال : قلت يا رسول الله لم أرك تصوم من شهر من الشهور ما تصوم من شعبان ، فقال : ” ذاك شهر تغفل الناس فيه عنه ، بين رجب ورمضان ، وهو شهر ترفع فيه الأعمال إلى رب العالمين ، وأحب أن يرفع عملي وأنا صائم “ رواه النسائي ، أنظر صحيح الترغيب والترهيب ص 425

Usaamah ibn Zayd radi Allaahu 3Anhumaa said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, I do not see you fasting in any other month like you fast in Sha3baan.’

He said, “That is a month to which people do not pay attention, between Rajab and Ramadaan, and it is a month in which deeds are lifted up to the Lord of the Worlds. I like for my deeds to be lifted up when I am fasting.’” (1)

 عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ :  كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَصُومُ حَتَّى نَقُولَ لا يُفْطِرُ ، وَيُفْطِرُ حَتَّى نَقُولَ لا يَصُومُ ، فَمَا رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم اسْتَكْمَلَ صِيَامَ شَهْرٍ إِلا رَمَضَانَ ، وَمَا رَأَيْتُهُ أَكْثَرَ صِيَامًا مِنْهُ فِي شَعْبَانَ

3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha  said: “The Messenger sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allaah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadaan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha3baan.”(2)

كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ كُلَّهُ ، كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ إِلا قَلِيلاً

“He used to fast all of Sha3baan, he used to fast all but a little of Sha3baan. (3)

Read more: The Month of Sha3baan

Related Posts:

The Virtues of Sha3baan

Rulings about the 15th of Sha3baan

E-Books Celebrating The Middle of Sha3baan

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References:

(1) Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, see Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb
(2) Narrated by al-Bukhaari & Muslim
(3) Report narrated by Muslim

Muharram and 3Aashooraa’ 1434 AH

Muharram 1434 AH has started today.

1 Muharram 1434 AH is today, Thursday, 15th November 2012 & 10 Muharram (3Ashooraa’) 1434 AH will be on Saturday, 24th November 2012.

09 Muharram 1434 AH = Friday, 23rd November 2012
10 Muharram (3Aashooraa’) 1434 AH = Saturday, 24th November 2012
11 Muharram 1434 AH = Sunday, 25th November 2012.

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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

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