Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah
What You Can Do in these Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah?
The days of Dhul-Hijjah are the most blessed ones; therefore every Muslim should make much from this opportunity. Among the blessings of Allah is that He has given us many ways to perform good deeds and to worship Him, so that the Muslim may be constantly active and consistent in his worship of his Lord. Here are some out of many good deed, which you can perform in these days.
Remember, deeds, which are less preferred are made superior and more beloved to Allah in these days, than the superior deeds performed at other times!! This is indicated in the Hadeeth where the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said regarding Jihad which is the most superior of all deeds to be less superior than the voluntary fast in these days, except that the Mujahid, goes out risking himself and his wealth for the sake of Allah, and does not come back with anything. [Saheeh al-Bukharee]
Hajj and Umrah are the best deeds performed in Dhul-Hijjah.
Fasting as many days as possible, especially the day of Arafat, which is a Sunnah. Fasting is one of the best of deeds. Allah chose fasting for Himself from all the good deeds, as is stated in the Hadeeth Qudsee: All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except for fasting, which is for Me and I am the One Who will reward him for it. [Saheeh al-Bukharee (1085)]
Takbeer al-Muqayyid: The Takbeer, which is restricted to the time after the five obligatory Salaat. This begins from after Fajr prayer of the day of Arafat (for the non-pilgrims) until the Asr prayer of the last day of Tashreeq.
Takbeer al-Mutlaq: The unrestricted Takbeer; Allahu Akbar, at all times of night and day until Eid al-Ahda.
Perform plenty of Nafl (voluntary) prayers.
Recite and Memorize the Qur'aan.
Abstain from disobedience and sins, because disobedience is the cause of Allah's Anger. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said: Verily Allah has a sense of Ghayrah (honor, prestige and anger over it's violation), and Allah's sense of Ghayrah is provoked when a person does that which Allah has made prohibited. [Saheeh Bukharee and Saheeh Muslim] Whereas, obedience and abstaining from all those things, which Allah has prohibited, is a form of worship and a means to achieve Allah's Love.
Hasten to make Sincere Tawbah (Repentance) to Allah because repentance means coming back to Allah. It is forgoing all those deed, which Allah dislikes in open and in secret, out of regret for what has passed, abandoning them immediately and being determined not to return to it again. When a Muslim combines repentance with good deeds during the most virtuous days, this is a sign of his success. Allah says: But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful. [Soorah al-Qasas (28): 67]
Attend Salaat al-Eid and the Khutbah.
Slaughter Udhiyah (Sacrifice) on the day of Eid al-Adha is another good deed which brings the slave closer to his Lord.
There is much to be gained, so make the most of this these invaluable and irreplaceable days.