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Assalamu 'Alaikum waRahmatullahi waBarakatuh
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Below is a transcription of a lecture on how to benefit from the blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah by Umm ‘Abdur-Rahmân. May Allâh reward the sister who transcribed the lecture, with the best in this world and next, ameen. Insha’Allah the information below will help.

“By the ten nights.” [Al-Fajr 89:2]

The “ten nights” which Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] is swearing by here, are the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. [1] Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit.
Ibn ‘Abbâs [radi Allâhu ‘anhu] narrated that Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said: “There is no deed more precious in the sight of Allâh, or greater in reward, than a good deed done during the ten days of Sacrifice.” He was asked: “Not even jihâd for the sake of Allâh?” He said: “Not even jihâd for the sake of Allâh, 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 take note of the following:

Have the intention to spread this important information.
It is a great chance to collect uncountable hasanât . It is a great chance to renew your relation with Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ]. 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 Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ].

Since the Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] referred to the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah as: “…no days better than these days in the sight of Allâh.” [3], the scholars have said that these are better than Ramadan. [4] Therefore, be very vigilant and don’t waste these precious moments. Ask Allâh 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 [inspired by a lecture by Shaykh Muhammad Hassan Yâqûb]:

Read the Qur’ân:

Plan to complete the reading of the Qur’ân within this period.
If you read three juz a day, it can be accomplished. It is not difficult. Ask Allâh to make it easy for you. We know reciting one letter is equal to ten hasanât . If you read three juz everyday, it translates to thousands of millions of hasanât.
Subhâna’Allâh! 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 Allâh can/will increase & add it for you. You cannot fathom it. He is Kareem. He knows that you have ikhlâs ; 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’ân is a good deed and Allâh specially loves the good deeds done in these days: “And if He [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] loves the good deeds, He will love the doer of those good deeds.” [5] If Allâh 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]. Honour the rights of the Qur’ân when reciting it.

Increase in Nawâfil 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 Allâh?
Do you live with this craving?
Do you really love Allâh and seek His closeness?


If, you want this, then know that Allâh teaches you the means to gaining His qurb .
Allâh says:
“Fall prostrate and draw near to Allâh!” [Al-Alaq 96:19]

This is the way! Prostrate in sujûd to Him [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] and you will be closer to Him. The Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said: “The closest that a person is to his Lord is when he is prostrating, so say a great deal of du’â then.” [6] He [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] is commanding us to make a lot of du’â while in sujûd. Are we obeying his order? Yes? We need to do more. For he [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said to: “…make lots of du’â.” Remember, the Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] loved us and he knew that we have a lot of needs from Allâh. This is why he taught us the way to get those needs fulfilled. Therefore, if you have needs, then you cannot leave sujûd. Any sajdah without khushû’ & without du’â is a big khasâra . Let us not be losers from now on bi-idhnillâh.
When the Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] instructed us to do a lot of sujûd, it means to perform a lot of salâh . “With each sajdah for Allâh, He will raise you a level with it. And cancel a sin with it.” So, the more you increase in your sujûd, the closer you are to being a winner.

Examples for increasing nawâfil salâh :

a] Salât Dhuha: Also known as al-Awwâbeen, may be offered as 2, 4, 6 or 8 rak’ât, prayed after the sun has risen and before the time for Dhuhr approaches. [7] “Al-Awwâb’ means one who is obedient, or one who turns to obedience. Bi-idhnillâh, we want to show Allâh that we are of those who are obedient.
b] 4 rak’ât before and 4 after Dhuhr: “Whoever regularly performs four rak’ât before Dhuhr and four after it, Allâh will forbid him to the Fire.” [8]
c] 4 rak’ât before ‘Asr – The Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said: “May Allâh have mercy on those who pray four rak’ât before ‘Asr prayer.” [9] Bi-idhnillâh, you stand to gain the mercy of Allâh because of the du’â of Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]. Do you want the mercy of Allâh to reach you? Don’t leave these 4 rak’ât.
d] Tahhiyatul masjid: Greet the masjid with two rak’ât: “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two rak’ât before sitting.” [10]
e] Salât at-Tawbah: It could be any bad deed, any sin, you hear something bad , 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 wudhû’ and offer two sincere rak’ât of repentance. Ask Allâh to forgive you. If it’s from your heart, then know that Allâh will cancel your sin.
g] Qiyâm al-Layl: With this prayer, we hope that Allâh will illuminate our graves; will bestow nûr on our faces; will cancel our bad deeds, bi-idhnillâh. Pray at least 2 rak’ât. If you are able to follow the Sunnah, then pray all 11 rak’ât .

Remember that in these special days and nights, Allâh 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 sujûd, rukû’, tilâwah, making istighfâr, etc.?
We have to show Allâh that we want this special mercy. We need to make ourselves eligible for it.
Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] swears by the night [Sûrah 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 maximise our hasanât. Don’t forget while you are praying qiyâm that Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] Loves this deed. Therefore, He [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] loves the doer of this deed also.
If we were lazy before, we will be active and good from now on bi-idhnillâh. 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”, wAllâhi, you will find people standing in long queues and hordes to collect them. Subhâna’Allâh, Allâh is spreading mercy during these days. He [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] is accepting supplications. He [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] is offering unimaginably wonderful blessings that we don’t even know of. So will we not work to get in those lines to gather Allâh’s gifts?
Makes lots of Dhikr:

Do a lot of dhikr, especially in these days.
There are no days greater in the sight of Allâh…” [12]
So what did the Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] tell us to do in these days? That, we need to make the dhikr of tahlîl, tahmîd & takbîr. [13] As soon as the announcement of Dhul-Hijjah is made, start your dhikr:
“Allâhu Akbâr, Allâhu Akbâr, lâ ilâha ill-Allâh, Wallâhu Akbâr. Walilâhilhamd.”
Many people mistakenly believe that you chant this only on the day of ‘Îd. But, it is meant to be recited from the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah. Bukhârî related that Ibn ‘Umar & Abu Hurayrah said that they used to go out in the streets making loud takbîr. They did not think that this was riyâ . They were busy with declaring the [signs of Allâh. This practice has now become a forgotten Sunnah. Why do people feel shy to follow this Sunnah? These are the days of takbîr, tahlîl & tahmîd with raised voices.
Therefore revive this Sunnah by doing audible tasbîh 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 salâm upon the Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] consistently. Just one hadîth should be enough for the believer who loves Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]. It is enough honour that when you send your salâm to Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam], Allâh returns his soul to him in order to answer you: “There is no one who sends salâm upon me but Allâh will restore to me my soul so that I may return his salâm.” [14] Therefore, send your darûd & salâm from your heart. Feel that special honour in doing that deed.

Istighfâr:

All kinds of dhikr will make your relation with Allâh stronger and stronger. How many Muslim’s are there today? 1.5 billion? In one minute it is possible to gain 1.5 billion hasanât. Allâhu Akbâr! How generous is Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ]. No one will give you like Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] gives. So how can you gain 1.5 million hasanât? By making istighfâr for all Muslim’s. The Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] is reported to have said that when a person seeks forgiveness for all believers, Allâh will write for him a hasanât for every one of those believers. [15] Just say ‘Astaghfirullâh’ for yourself and for all the believers, from your heart. Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] 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, Subhâna’Allâh, you will find between these sins, Astaghfirullâh, Astaghfirullâh, Astaghfirullâh. Bi-idhnillâh, Allâh, the Karîm will cancel those sins that have istighfâr beside them, around them, after them.
Luqmân taught his sons to make istighfâr. He said: “Oh my sons, istighfirullâha qâidun, istighfirullâh qâimum, istghfirullâha râqibun [make istighfâr when you are standing, sitting, reclining]. For the mercy of Allâh is descending.”
Indeed, rahamât are falling down like rain. So try to be under those rahamât. Look at it this way – there are seasons of mercy during which Allâh sends down abundant mercy [like during Ramadân, like the days of Dhul-Hijjah, etc.]. Allâh is always generous because that is one of His [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] Attributes, but He says that He gives more during certain periods. Allâh is Rahîm 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 ‘astaghfirullâh’, ‘astaghfirullâh’, astaghfirullâh’, keep insisting on it till Allâh forgives you. Start from the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah.
“…nor will He punish them while they seek (Allâh’s) forgiveness.” [Al-Anfâl 8:33]
We are informed that there is no punishment from Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ a] on the yastaghfirûn . Allâh relieves all problems with istighfâr. Those who are persistent in istighfâr in their lives, disasters and calamities will be repelled from them. Mercy is like a cloud on the head of the mustaghfirîn . How do we know this?
“Why seek you not the forgiveness of Allâh, that you may receive mercy?” [An-Naml 27:46]
Allâh is telling us to make istighfâr to gain His mercy. Let your istighfâr ascend to Him and His mercy will descend upon you.

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, Allâh has promised a great reward for the one who fasts: “Whoever fasts one day for the sake of Allâh, Allâh 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 Allâh, or greater in reward, than a good deed done during the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.” Allâh loves the good deeds in these days. Allâh loves siyâm. Put these two beloved things together. You are the doer of the things Allâh loves. He [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] will Love you, bi-idhnillâh.
Any ‘ibâdah, be it salâh, dhikr, Qur’ân, 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 ‘ibâdah will you be able to do non-stop? Siyâm! 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 Allâh wills, at least one du’â guaranteed with each siyâm – at the time of breaking the fast. So that is nine opportune moments during this period.
Regarding fasting on the day of ‘Arâfah, the Prophet [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] said: “Fasting the day of ‘Arafâh, 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 Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] will help us to abstain from sins. And, if you commit a sin by mistake, He [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] will cancel it due to His promise.

Charity:

Spending for the sake of Allâh!
Only Allâh knows how many trials & calamities have been pushed away from us, our family and loved ones as a result of our sadaqâh. Allâh knows how many times relief and ease has come to us due to the sadaqâh we gave. Therefore, give in the way of Allâh, as much as you can. Don’t leave any raised hands return empty. Show Allâh that you love Him by spending from that which you love. Show Allâh [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] that all these things mean nothing besides gaining His ridha .
Don’t look and remind yourself of what you have already spent in the past. If Allâh wills, He [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] has accepted and written it for you. Now, think of how you can outdo that sadaqâh during these days. Spend from what you love and Allâh will love you.

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 Allâh. He [subhâna wa ta’âlâ] loves this ‘ibâdah. Even those who are far away, he calls and connects them to the rest of the family and brings them all together. And subhâna’Allaah, Allâh 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 [sall-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam] promised this reward for the one who connects and maintains kinship: “Whoever would like his rizq 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 Allâh’s help with these deeds and our schedule for them, we need to do a lot of tawbah. The Salaf as-Sâlih used to say that they would feel prevented from qiyâm al-layl due to their sins. They knew that when they want to do ‘ibâdah and they are unable to do it, it is due sins. So, what do we need to do? A lot of istighfâr with tawbah, real Tawbah! Ask Allâh for help.
Make the du’â:
O Allâh, help me to remember You, to give You thanks, and to perform Your worship in the best manner.” [20]
Footnotes:
[1] Ibn ‘Abbâs, 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 Kathîr said: “This is the correct opinion.” [Tafsîr ibn Kathîr, 8/413]
[2] Al-Bukhârî, 2/457
[3] Ahmad, 7/224 – Ahmad Shâkir stated that it is sahîh
[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 Ramadân. But the last ten nights of Ramadân 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: Tafsîr ibn Kathîr, 5/412]
[5] Shaykh Muhammad bin Sâlih al-‘Uthaymîn
[6] Muslim, 482
[7] Muslim, 1238
[8] At-Tirmidhî, 428 – classed as sahîh by al-Albânî in Sahîh al-Nasâ’î
[9] At-Tirmidhî, 395 – classed as hasan by al-Albânî in Sahîh al-Jâmi 3493
[10] Al-Bukhârî & Muslim
[11] Al-Bukhârî, 1094 and Muslim, 758
[12] Ahmad, 7/224
[13] Tahlîl [“Lâ ilâha ill-Allâh”], Tahmîd [“Alhamdulillâh”] and Takbîr ["Allâhu Akbâr"]. See: Ahmad, 7/224
[14] Abû Dâwûd, 2041 – classed as hasan by al-Albânî
[15] Classed as hasan by al Albânî
[16] Muslim, 2/808
[17] Muslim, 1976
[18] Sahîh Muslim
[19] Al-Bukhârî, 5986 and Muslim, 2557
[20] Sahîh Abû Dâwûd, 1/284
Credits to Sister Noor for this compiling this naseeha.
All Praise Belongs to Allah The Rabb Al'Aalameen.
Jazakumullahu Khayran!
Wassalaamu 'Alaikum waRahmathullahi waBarakaathuhu.
Abu Affan, written on the 30th Dhu Al-Qa'dah Shawwal 1430AH
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The Best Days of the World

The Virtues of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijja:



1. Ahadith of the Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam):
قال النبي –صلى الله عليه وسلم-( مامن أيام العمل الصالح فيها أحب إلى الله من هذه الأيام قالوا يا رسول الله : ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله قال ولا الجهاد في سبيل الله إلا رجل خرج بنفسه وماله فلم يرجع من ذلك بشئ) رواه البخاري

The Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: “There are no days in which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than during these days. The Sahaba said: Oh Rasul Allah, not even jihad in the path of Allah? He (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: Not even jihad in the path of Allah except for the man who goes out in the path of Allah with his life and his wealth and returns with neither of them.”

وقال ( أفضل أيام الدنيا أيام العشر) رواه البزار وصححه الالبانى.

And he (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: “The best days of this world are these ten.”

2. Allah swears by these 10 days in the Qur’an:

قول الله تعالى: ((وَالْفَجْرِ، وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ)) سورة الفجر (1-2)، قال ابن كثير رحمه الله: المراد بها عشر ذي الحجة

Allah says: "By the dawn, and by the 10 nights" [al-Fajr 89:1-2]. Ibn 'Abbas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujahid 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."

قال تعالى: ((وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ)) سورة الحج(28)، قال ابن عباس: أيام العشر

Allah says: “…and mention the name of Allah on appointed days..." [al-Hajj 22:28] Ibn 'Abbas said these are the ten days.

3. These ten days are better than Ramadaan:

قال المحققون من أهل العلم: أيام عشر ذي الحجة أفضل الأيام، وليالي العشر الأواخر من رمضان أفضل الليالي.

Most scholars adopt the opinion that these days are better than the last ten days of Ramadan. However, what holds the last ten days of Ramadan at a higher status is the night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) which is equivalent to one thousand months (83.33 years).

تضاعف فيها الحسنات قال ابن عباس”: العمل فيهن بسبعمائة ضعف”

The rewards are multiplied in these days. Ibn ‘Abbas said: “(The reward for good) deeds are multiplied seven hundred times in these days.”

قال الاوزاعى: “بلغني أن العمل في أيام العشر كقدر غزوة في سبيل الله يصام نهارها ويحرس ليلها إلا أن يختص امرء بشهادة”

Al Awzaa’i said: I was informed that good deeds during the ten days are the equivalent (in reward) to a battle in the path of Allah, in which the day is spent in fasting and the night in safeguarding, except if one is bestowed with martyrdom.”

In Ramdaan doing good deeds and struggling in worship, especially during the last ten nights, is easier than during these days for a few reasons. Firstly, the atmosphere of the month of Ramadaan, whether culturally, spiritually, or traditionally, makes it easier to focus and strive. Secondly, the shayateen are chained. So, to get that drive and direction we had in Ramadaan, is much harder when we have most likely fallen out of “Ramadaan mode.” However, since the ‘ibada is more difficult, the reward is
greater. So let’s keep this in mind and get ready to really work hard.


The Plan of Action for these 10 days:

1. Really feel this blessing and realize that it is an opportunity of a lifetime, because none of us know if we will witness these 10 days again.

كان خالد بن معدان يقول( إذا فتح لأحدكم باب للخير فليسرع فاءنه لا يدرى متى يغلق عنه)

Khalid bin mi’dan used to say: “If the door for good is opened for one of you, then rush (to take advantage) because you don’t know when it will close.”

2. Have high aspirations in your worship and use the examples of the ijtihad of the saliheen as motivation.

3. Take advantage of the opportunities to get the reward of hajj while being elsewhere.

قال-صلى الله عليه وسلم-( من صلى الفجر في جماعة ثم قعد يذكر الله حتى تطلع الشمس ثم صلى ركعتين كانت له كأجر حجة وعمرة تامة تامة تامة)

The Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever prays fajr in congregation and then sits in remembrance of Allah until the sun rises, then prays two rak’aat, he has the full reward of hajj and ‘umrah.”

4. Perfecting the faraa’idh (obligatory actions):
Often times we become busy trying to do extra deeds, but neglect the fact that perhaps maybe what is obligatory upon us is not at the level it should be. There is no way for a person to become close to Allah other than through the obligatory actions, as is apparent in the famous hadith qudsi in which Allah says: “My servant does not become closer to me by anything more beloved to me than what I have obligated upon him.”



Reasonable Goals:

1. Khatm of Qur’an: equivalent to more than half a million hasanaat during these days. Let’s try to complete the recitation of the Qur’an during these days, ending by ‘Asr time on the day of ‘Arafah and spending from ‘Asr to Magrhib in du’aa.

2. Qiyaam al- layl:

قال رسول الله –صلى الله عليه وسلم-( من قام بألف آية كتب من المقنطرين) روى الدارمى عن مجاهد( أن القنطار سبعين ألف دينار(

Rasul Allah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever stands in prayer, reciting 1,000 verses is written among the muqantareen.” A qintar is equal to 70,000 dinar.

The recitation of the last two ajzaa’ of the Qur’an is equivalent to 1,000 verses.

Extra Salah during the day:

قال رسول الله –صلى الله عليه وسلم- ((مامن عبد مسلم يصلى لله في كل يوم ثنتى عشر ركعة تطوعا من غير الفريضة إلا بنى الله له بيت في الجنة))

The Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: “There is not a Muslim who prays twelve raka'at per day, other than the obligatory prayers, except that a palace is built for him in paradise.”

3. Dhikr: The best form of worship to do in these ten days as apparent in the hadith:

قال رسول الله- صلى الله عليه وسلم- ( مامن أيام أحب إلى الله العمل الصالح فيها من هذه العشر فأكثروا فيه من التسبيح والتحميد والتهليل والتكبير)

Ibn 'Umar said that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said, "There is no day more honorable in Allah 's sight and no acts more beloved therein to Allah than those in these ten days. So say tahlil (There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah : La ilaha illAllah ), takbir (Allah is the greatest : Allahu akbar ) and tahmid (All praise is due to Allah : alhumdulillah) a lot [on those days]." [Reported by Ahmad, 7/224; Ahmad Shakir stated it is saheeh]

Yahya related to me from Malik from Ziyad ibn Abi Ziyad from Talha ibn Ubaydullah ibn Kariz that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The best du'aa is du'aa on the day of 'Arafah, and the best thing that I or the Prophets before me have said is 'There is no god but Allah, alone, without any partner' (La ilaha illa'llah, wahdahu la sharika lah.)" [Muwatta imam Malik]

4. Reviving the Sunnah of Takbir:
عن ابن عمر وأبى هريرة أنهما كانا يقولان في أيام العشر الله اكبر الله اكبر الله اكبر لا اله إلا الله والله اكبر الله اكبر ولله الحمد)) رواه البخاري

Ibn 'Umar and Abu Hurairah (radhi Allahu anhuma) used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them.

5. Fasting:
The reward of fasting is great, so imagine how much that reward would be multiplied in these days. If one can’t fast all of the 9 days, then at least on the day of ‘Arafah as it is the greatest day.

يتأكد صوم يوم عرفة، لما ثبت عنه صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال عن صوم يوم عرفة: « أحتسب على الله أن يُكفر السنة التي قبله والسنة التي بعده ». (رواه مسلم)

Abu Qatadah reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "Fasting on the day of 'Arafah is an expiation for two years, the year preceding it and the year following it. Fasting the day of 'Ashuraa' is an expiation for the year preceding it." [This is related by "the group," except for al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi]

قال صلى الله عليه وسلم-( مامن يوم أكثر من أن يعتق الله فيه عبادا من النار من يوم عرفه)
كان على يوصى أن يقول العبد يوم عرفة كثيرا( اللهم اعتق رقبتي من النار)

The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said "There is no day that Allah will free people more than the day of ‘Arafah."

‘Ali (R) used to advise people to say “Oh Allah free my neck from the fire.” On the day of ‘Arafah.

قال –صلى الله عليه وسلم-( خير الدعاء دعاء يوم عرفة)

The Prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said the best du’aa is the du’aa on the day of ‘Arafah.

6. Du’aa
Especially on the day of ‘Arafah, but also at anytime. Keep in mind the times where du’aa is more likely to be accepted and ask during those times.
-The last third of the nigh
-Between the adhaan and iqaamah
-During the rain
-In sujood
-Friday
-While fasting

7. Sadaqa
Give sadaqa during these days, since the reward is multiplied tremendously.

8. Tawba: continually renew repentance

9. Establish ikhlas in ‘ibada

10. Check and renew intentions at all times




The Day of ‘Eid

Remained focused as it is still part of the first 10 days which are the best days of the year! Try not to get too caught up in celebrating that you stop doing the worship that you were doing the first 9 days.
The day of ‘Eid: 1- Pray/ attend salatul ‘eid. 2- A day for visiting family (silat ar rahm) and 3- performing the sacrifice for one who is able (sunnah mu’akkada)
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 07, 2010 09:29 AM »

Salam,

I think today or tomorrow marks the first day of Dhul Hijjah so let's get started on some goodd deeds!!  oldshaykh
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 07, 2010 09:47 AM »

Jazak'Allahu Khairan x 1000 for these two informative and uplifting posts Sr.'s Hajra and Jannah. Yup, looks like today is the first day according to most though my desktop prayer time thing is saying it's 29 dhul-Qidha . . . anyways, yes, let's start some good deeds and lots of dhikr! Smiley Smiley Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: Oct 25, 2011 07:13 AM »

Salam,

Again a reminder that Dhul Hijjah will start on Friday, Oct 28th, 2011 inshaAllah!! Don't forget to make dua for us  dua Jazaks.
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 27, 2011 11:42 PM »

10 ways to Maximise the First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah





Rasulullah (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) said: “On no days is the worship of Allah desired more than in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. The fast of each of these days is equal to the fast of a whole year, and the ibaadat (worship) of each of these nights is equal to the ibaadat of laylatul qadr.” (Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah)

Ibn `Abbas (Ra) reported that the Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) 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, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing." (Reported by Al-Bukhari)

The above Hadith confirm that the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah possess tremendous blessings and excellence.  The Scholars have stressed that these special and blessed days and nights should be spent in intensive worship and virtuous acts as well as contemplation. Therefore we should ensure that we make the best of these blessed 10 days. We cannot afford to miss out on such immense rewards at any cost!

Scholars also confirm that the daytimes (Fajr to Maghrib) of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are more virtuous than the daytimes of Ramadan. This clearly indicates how special and blessed the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah really are.


The following are 10 ways we can maximize the first ten days of the Dhul Hijjah:


1. Purifying our intentions


"Verily actions are judged by intention." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

It is crucial that we purify & correct our intentions before doing any acts of worship. This is because we may have other underlying intentions in our hearts without even realizing it. Like for e.g. we may have in our hearts that we fast because we don't want to look bad in front of our family or friends or because others fast etc.

So before doing any good deed we need to align & focus our intention to ONLY pleasing Allah. By doing this we will increase the sincerity in our worship & acts of virtues & by having better intentions when doing any good act is a means of earning greater rewards for whatever good deed we are doing.

Ibn Al-Mubaarak said: "Maybe a small action is made great by its intention, and maybe a great action is made small by its intention."

Even daily routines like eating, drinking, sleeping, waking up, travelling etc can be a source of great reward by having the right intentions. Having good Intentions is easy & great rewards can be gained without making any hard physical effort. By just spending a couple of seconds having the right intention in our hearts we can turn a whole day to a day of worship. It is like turning dust into gold.



2. Schedule & Monitor Daily Worship

 
 
 
What better way to maximise our worship during these blessed days and nights than to plan & schedule our time so that we can spend it as effectively as possible. By setting ourselves daily targets we can ensure that we are more likely to achieve them.
 
Below are links where you can download an hourly scheduler where you can set yourself hourly worship targets & schedule your daily worship. There is also a daily worship check where you can check & monitor your daily worship throughout the last ten nights:
 
 
1. Daily Worship check
 
 
Ibaadah_Check.pdf
 
 
2. Daily hourly worship scheduler
 

http://www.4shared.com/document/2BNat9vk/Ramadhaan_Time_Table.html


We should strive to worship on all if not at least as many of the first ten nights of Dhul Hijjah as is possible inshallah, for these rewards are unmissable and time is short and we need as many good deeds as possible in order to please Allah before we are taken.

Making a structured timetable may help one to better organise oneself especially during these precious 10 days so that one can maximise them and make best use of them.


3. Avoiding distractions



There will be many things getting in our way & distracting us from our worship. But we must take all necessary precautions & measures in order to avoid any possible distractions.

The first thing we must do is to avoid major distractions like TV for a month or at least as much as possible. Putting away games consoles. If we meet with friends then we must try not to get into useless & idle discussions. Not going to places like the mall or high street's unless it is absolutely necessary.

We should spend as little time as possible on things other than worship. We should fulfil our daily duties as quickly as possible & spend as much time as possible in worshiping Allah.




4. Fasting the First 9 Days, Especially the Day of `Arafah (9th)


The scholars have concurred that it is recommended to fast during the first nine days of Dhu’l Hijja.

Note: The tenth day of Dhul Hijjah is the day of Eid ul Adha and is prohibitively disliked and sinful to fast on this day. [Buhuti, Kashshaf al-Qina`; Nawawi,Majmu`; Fatawa Hindiyya; Haskafi, Durr al-Mukhtar; Dardir,al-Sharh al-Saghir]

Of all the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah it is particularly recommended to fast on the Day of `Arafah (9th of Dhu’l Hijjah), even for the one on Hajj (in the Hanafi school), if it does not weaken the pilgrim from spending the day busy in worship. [Haskafi, Durr; Kasani, Bada’i`]

Forgiveness for 2 years of sins (Minor sins) for fasting on the day of Arafah.

Abu Qatada (Ra) related that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Fasting the Day of `Arafah (f: 9th of Dhu’l Hijjah) expiates for two years, one prior and one forthcoming. And fasting the Day of `Ashura (f: 10th of Muharram) expiates for the past year.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, and Ibn Majah]

So we should try our best to fast all 9 days of Dhul Hijjah particularly the 9th which is the day of Arafah. If we cannot fast all 9 days then we should try and fast as many of the 9 days as possible particularly the 9th which is the day before Eid Ul Adha.



5. Recite the Qur’an abundantly



We should try our best to read as much of the Holy Qur’an as is possible especially during the daytimes of the first 10 days of Dhu Hijjah.  We should aim to try and complete the whole Qur’an within this period which is around 3 Juz (chapters) a day. Every action is judged upon its intention so even if we do not complete the entire Qur'an we should at least intend to do so for Allah looks for every excuse to reward his servants and may reward us like we completed the whole Qur'an if he wanted to for he is most generous and will reward his servants as much as he wants.  

Annas (Ra) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: "Whoever reads the Quran, Allah grants that person ten good deeds for every letter. And for one who hears the Qur’an being recited, Allah grants a good deed for every letter, and such a person will be resurrected among those who will recite and ascend the stages of Jannah."

Abbas (Ra) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallahu Alihe Wassalam) said: "He who listens to one letter of the Quran, ten good deeds are recorded for him, ten sins are forgiven, and his status is elevated by ten stages."

So if one letter of the Qur'an is equivalent to ten good deeds then imagine how much reward there is for reading each letter in these blessed 10 days which are said to be the best days of the year! Subhanallah!

Note: We should try & recite Surah Ya-sin everyday particularly after Fajr time. We should also try to recite Surah Mulk before going to sleep & Surah Kahf every Jumma. Other very rewarding Surahs we can recite much of are Surah's Zilzalah, Al Kaafirun & Al Ikhlas
 
Abdullah Ibn ‘Abbas & Anas Ibn Malik (RA) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, ‘Whoever recited Surah Zilzilah (99) would get the reward of reciting half the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Kaafirun (109) would get a reward as if reading a quarter of the Qur’an. Whoever recited Surah al Ikhlas (112) would get a reward as if reading one third of the Qur’an’. (At-Tirmidhi 2818/A)


Therefore let us recite as much of the Qur’an as we can in these first ten days and nights of this month and aim to finish at least one Qur'an if we can. Then let us continue reciting the Qur'an throughout the rest of the year, for there is no better worship of Allah than to recite the Qur'an!



6. Worshipping the 10 days and the nights of the 8th, 9th and 10th of Dhul Hijjah



Scholars have concluded that the days (between Fajr and Maghrib) of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are the best days of the year, even more so than the days of Ramadan. Therefore we should increase ourselves in worship during these blessed 10 days by fasting the 9 days, doing excessive Dhikr, reciting the Qur'an, making Dua and sincerely repenting as much as possible.

Jannat becomes incumbent on those who worship during the nights of the 8th, 9th and 10th of Dhul Hijjah:

Mu'ãdh Ibn Jabal (Ra) relates that Rasulullah (Sallalahu alayhi wasallam) said, "Jannat is wãjib (incumbent) for those who stay awake with the intention of making 'Ibãdah on the following nights: 8th, 9th and 10th of Zul Hijjah, the night of 'Eedul Fitr and the night of the 15th of Sha'bãn." (Targheeb)

Therefore we should make utmose effort to worship Allah during these blessed nights. If we cannot worship in all 3 nights then we should at least worship as much as we can even if it is for an hour, half an hour etc. On the day of judgement we will look back and be in utter regret at the opportunities we missed to do good deeds. So grab the opportunity NOW and let us NOT be of those in utter regret saying.."Why didn't i do so and so? I am truly in utter loss."

Women on menses during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:

Those women who are on their menses during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah can still gain the same rewards by: fasting the days they are pure, make excessive Dhikr, Dua and repentance, listen to Qur'an, read Islamic books, listen to lectures, ponder and contemplate over the greatness of Allah, give in charity and serve their parents, relatives, families etc.



7. Praying Nawafil (voluntary) prayers



What better way of drawing closer to Allah during I'tikaf than by praying the voluntary prayers:
 
Allah says in Hadith Qudsi:
 
....And My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (voluntary deeds) until I love him, [Bukhari]
 
Want the company of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah?

Rabi'ah Ibn Malik al-Aslami reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam) said: "Ask (anything)." Rabi'ah said: "I ask of you to be your companion in paradise." The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Or anything else?" Rabi'ah said: "That is it." The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam) said to him: "Then help me by making many prostrations (i.e., Nawafil prayers)." (Muslim)
  
Since the days of Dhul Hijjah are the most blessed then we should strive to pray as many Nawafils as possible, so we can please Allah and get closer to him, as well as gain the company of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah.
 

Sunnah & Nawafil prayers to pray during the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

 
1. Pray 12 Raka'ahs of Sunnah daily: - 2 Sunnah of Fajr, 4 Sunnah & 2 Sunnah of Dhuhr & 2 Sunnah of Maghrib
 
Umm Habibah Ramilah bint Abu Sufyan (RA) narrated she heard the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying: “A house will be built in Paradise for every Muslim who offers twelve units of Prayers other than the obligatory ones in day & night, to seek pleasure of Allah.” (Muslim)
 
 
2. Salaatul Duhaa (Can be prayed from 20 minutes after sunrise up until 20 minutes before Dhuhr  begins)
 
So we should remain seated after Fajr prayer & recite the Qur'an or do Dhikr up until 20 minutes after Sunrise & pray Salaatul Duhaa. If not then we can pray it anytime before midday.
 
'Salat al-Dhuhaa consists of 2 - 12 Rakaats & it is preferable to perform 8 Rakaats.' (Raddul Mukhtaar vol.1 pg.505)
 
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: Whoever prayed twelve rakaats (before midday), then Allah will, as a reward, prepare a palace of gold for him in Paradise. (Mishkat, Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)
 
3. 4 Sunnah, 2 Sunnah & 2 Nawafil of Dhuhr
 
Umm Habibah (RA) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs before Noon Prayer & four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” (Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi)
 
4. 4 Raka'ahs Sunnah of Asr
 
The Prophet (Sallallaahu 'Alaihi wa sallam) said:"May Allaah have Mercy on the one who offers four (Raka'ahs) before 'Asr prayer."(Abu Dawud)
 
5. Two Raka'ahs Sunnah after entering Masjid
 
Abu Qatadah (RA) narrated the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as saying: “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two rak`ahs before sitting.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)
 
6. Tahiyyatul Wudu - 2 Raka'ahs Sunnah after doing Wudu (Ablution)
 
Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) saying to Bilal (RA): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (RA) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)”
 

7. The MOST REWARDING Nawafil Prayer of all is Tahajjud
 
Allah Most High said: “Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of the night, & (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn. Lo! (The recital of) the Qur’an at dawn is ever witnessed. And some part of the night awake for its recital, as voluntary worship for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praised estate.” (Qur’an, 17: 78-79)
 
Imam Abu Sa'id al-Khadimi said, "There is scholarly consensus (ijma`) that among the best of virtuous acts is the night vigil prayer." [al-Bariqa al-Mahmudiyya Sharh al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya]
 
 
The scholars derived the following in regards to Tahajjud from the Qur'an & Prophetic Hadiths:
 
1. The minimal night vigil prayer is 2 Rakaats. [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir]
 
2. Its optimal recommended amount is 8 Rakaats, because this was the general practice of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir]
 
3. Lengthier recitation of Qur'an is superior to a larger number of Rakaats prayed. [Durr al-Mukhtaar, Radd al-Muhtar]
 
If one has not memorized much of the Qur'an then one should recite whatever they know or recite Surah Ikhlas 3 times after Surah Faathiha in each rakah to gain reward of reciting entire Qur'an.
 
4. It is recommended to start the night vigil with two short Rakaats, because of the Hadith of Abu Hurayrah (RA) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, "If you get up for night prayer, start with two short Rakaats." [Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Dawud]
 
During the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah we should aim to pray Tahajjud every night. If not then we should pray it in as many nights as we possibly can.
 
When fasting during the first 9 nights of Dhul Hijjah we should wake up a little earlier for Sehri, make Wudu & pray 2-12 Raka'ahs of Tahajjud. It is recommended to pray at least 8 Raka'ahs.
 
Abu Hurayrah (RA), related that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth & proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, & I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything & I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, & I forgive him? (Bukhari, Muslim).
 
The last third portion of the night is the most blessed & Dua's are readily accepted at this time. So by praying Tahajjud it gives us the best opportunity to get closer to Allah & to make sincere Dua, repenting for our sins past & present & to crying & asking of Allah for whatever we want.
 
If we cannot cry due to the hardness of our hearts then we should at least make the face as if we are crying. Just as a mother tends to her baby quicker & more promptly when it is crying in the same way Allah tends to his servants quicker when they are crying.
 
Ibn Mas`ud (Allah be pleased with him) was asked, "I cannot pray at night." He said, "Your sins have prevented you."



8. Increase in Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah)



We should glorify Allah night and day, especially in these first ten days of the blessed month of Dhul Hijja.

Remembering Allah much through acts of Dhikr brings much peace and tranquillity to the heart.

It also gives us a sense of Taqwa (fearful awareness of Allah), a consciousness that makes us realise that Allah Almighty is ever near and that we should always strive to please Him.

"…Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." (13:28)

Remembrance of Allah indeed is the greatest virtue. (29:46).



We should recite the following 3 Dhikr excessively during the first 10 days and nights of Dhul Hijjah:


1. “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La ilaha illa Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahil-Hamd.”

(Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, There is none worthy of worship except Allah. Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest and to Allah belongs all praises)-  [(Saheeh) Irwaa al-Ghaleel (650), Daraqutne, Ibn Shaibah]


2. “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahil-Hamd; Allahu Akbar wa-ajal, Allahu akbaru ala mahadana.”


(Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest and to Allah belongs all praises. Allah is the Greatest to that which He has guided us to) - [(saheeh) - Bayhaqee (3/315)]

3. “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar kabeera.”

(Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest) - [(saheeh) - Bayhaqee (3/316)]


The following are 10 Dhikr, supported by Hadith that we can also recite throughout the days & nights During the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah and until our last breath:


1. Subhaanallah

2. Alhamdulillah

3. Allahu Akbar

4. Laa ilaaha illallah

The first 4 should be recited abundantly during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah - (Takbeer al-Mutlaq)

5. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH-HIL ALIYYIL ADHEEM

6. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay

7. Or short version: Asthaghfirullah

8. SUB-HAAN'ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM'DIHI SUB-HAAN'ALLAH-IL ADHEEM

Or short version: SUB-HAAN'ALLAAHi WA BI-HAM'DIHI

9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm

10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr

Or the shortened version:

Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

We should also recite much of Durood e Ibrahim which is the Durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah.

Or the shortest Durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim




9. Dua and Repentance


We should busy ourselves in making sincere Dua and repentance during these blessed 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. How unfortunate is the one who does not make use of these blessed 10 days and nights in order to supplicate to his lord to gain his mercy and forgiveness.

We find many reassurances throughout the Quran for those who make Dua:

Allah the Exalted, has said: "And your Lord says: Pray unto me: and I will hear your prayer" (Quran 40:60), "Call upon your Lord Humbly and in secret" (Quran 7:55), "When My servants question thee concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me" (Quran 2:186),

Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an:

"Is not He (best) who listens to the (soul) distressed when it calls on Him, and who relieves its suffering." (Quran 27:62)

"When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me." [2:186]

The place of Duaa is so high to Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) had said: "Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Du`a." [Sahih al-Jami` no.5268].

He also said: "The most excellent worship is Du`a." [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133];

What a beautiful thing it is to create a relationship with Allah through Dua and asking his help and invoking in him for whatever we want in this life and the next! Especially in these days we should increase the amount of Dua’s we do especially in the latter part of the nights when they are most listened to.

Aisha (Ra) said: "No believer makes Dua and it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get frustrated."

In fact, it is even wrong to never make Dua, "Whosoever does not supplicate to Allah, He will be angry with Him." [Saheeh Jaami`as-Sagheer #2414]

Not to rush Dua:

Many of us rush our Dua’s & quite often our hearts are not present whilst we are making Dua to Allah. That is why we lose out on much of the benefits & blessings of Dua. Therefore we should not let our minds wonder whilst in Dua & we should concentrate more, making sure our hearts are present whilst asking of Allah. Whilst we are in Dua we should imagine Almighty Allah in front of us & so we should humble ourselves in front of him in a state of meekness & humility.
 
It may also help if we made a list of what we want to ask Allah during our Dua’s. We can then refer to this list as a reminder so that we can cover everything we need to ask him, which may help in making our Dua’s longer & more sincere. This is because we will not always remember everything we want to ask Allah unless we note it down & refer back to it when we need to.
 
The times when Dua's are most accepted:

1. The third portion of the night shortly before Sehri ends. 2. Whilst fasting. 3. Between Asr & Maghrib. 4. Just before fast opens. 5. On Jumma before & after khutba. 6. Between Adhan & Iqamah. 7. After Qur'an recitation. 8. When it rains

Repent for the past and present sins:

Therefore should sincerely repent for our past and present sins with remorse and the intention never to repeat such acts again. We should ask of Almighty Allah to help us prevent ourselves from ever repeating such acts and we should strive to perfect our characters and better ourselves in everyway possible.

We should also have FULL hope that Allah will accept our Dua’s if not in this world then in the Hereafter. If Allah does not answer it then he is delaying it to reward us more in the hereafter and has something better in store for us. Therefore we must accept his decree for he knows best in all matters.


10. Making the sacrifice (Qurbani):



Qurbani is a practice commanded by Allah: "So turn in prayer towards your Lord and sacrifice (animals)." (108.2)

Aishah (Ra) narrated that the Prophet Muhammad (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) said, "There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgement with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart" (Tirmidhi, p. 275, Vol.1).

Zayd lbne Arqam (RA) relates that the Companions (RAA) asked, "O Rasulullah! (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalaam) What is Qurbani?" He replied, "It is the sunnah of your father lbraheem (As)." They asked again, "What benefit do we get from it?" He answered, "A reward for every hair (of the sacrificed animal)." "And (what reward is there for animals with) wool, 0 Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasalaam)?" they asked. "A reward", he said, "for every fibre of the wool.", (Ibne Majah)

When a person slaughters a Qurbani animal, he is forgiven at the fall of the first drop of blood, and verily, the animal shall be brought forward on the Day of Judgment with its blood, meat etc, and shall be increased in weight seventy times more than its own weight, and thereafter it will be placed on the scale of deeds. (Kandhul'Ummal)

It is also Sunnah in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah to say:

“Subhanallah” (Glory be to Allah), “Alhamdulillah” (All praise is due to Allah), “Allah hu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest) and “La ila ha ill Allah” (There is no worthy of worship except Allah) and say it around ones home or streets or any place where it is permitted to remember Allah!

Men should say these loudly and women should say them quietly.

Allah says: (That they might witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e., reward of Hajj in the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade, etc.), and mention the name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice)...) (Al-Hajj 22: 28)


Conclusion



Making firm resolve to make pilgrimage to Hajj:

One of the best deeds one can do during these blessed days is to perform Hajj in the Sacred House of Allah. The one whom Allah helps to offer Hajj to His House and to perform all the rituals properly is included in the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him): "An accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than Paradise."

If it was not in our destiny to go this year then we should make utmost effort to ensure that we go the year after, as time is uncertain and we can die at any second. If we can afford it but we keep delaying it because "we are not ready", then what are we waiting for to be ready? Death? Death is not going to wait around for us to be "ready, for it will strike at its appointed time and there will be no excuses on the day of judgement that we "weren’t ready". Those who can afford to go Hajj but do not end up going during their lifetime with no valid excuses can only expect a severe punishment.

So let us make a firm resolve that we will do our utmost to ensure we make the pilgrimage to Hajj as soon as possible for it is a very difficult journey and it is best to go whilst one is young. Therefore we must not delay it if we can afford it.

In the meantime we should do our utmost to do as many good deeds as possible in these blessed 10 days and nights of Dhul Hijjah and then continue to do good deeds, doing everything to please Allah and refraining from anything which may displease or anger him, throughout the year. If we don’t grab this opportunity now to exert ourselves during these blessed 10 days then surely we will be in utter regret if not later on in life then certainly on the day of judgement, for that is when we will truly realise what we have lost out on and how much we could have achieved!

We cannot see the rewards of our good actions right now but if Allah showed us the rewards of each good action then we would crawl if we had to in order to do as much good as we could. The surely we will be in great loss on the day of judgement when we realise what we have missed out on. So let us not be of those who lost out and instead let us be of those who made the best of our time and spent it pleasing Allah and refraining from useless pursuits and that which will not be of any benefit to us on the day of judgement. We should strive to continue the good we have done in these first ten days of Dhul Hijjah throughout the year and discontinue the evil that we left before these first ten days and NEVER go back to it.

May Allah enable us to maximize these blessed 10 days and to continue maximizing each day of our lives in order to please Allah and get closer to him. May Allah make us of his pious servants. Ameen.


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« Reply #6 on: Oct 27, 2011 11:43 PM »

It has been confirmed that Dhul Hijjah will begin tomorrow (on Friday the 28th of October) in the Uk. So the first of the 9 fasts will begin tomorrow on Friday the 29th of October. The day of Arafaat will be on Saturday the 5th of November. So Eid ul Adha should be on Sunday the 6th of November inshallah.
 

These 10 days are the BEST of days!
 
 
Rasulullah (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) said: “On no days is the worship of Allah desired more than in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. The fast of each of these days is equal to the fast of a whole year, and the ibaadat (worship) of each of these nights is equal to the ibaadat of laylatul qadr.” (Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah)
 
So Islamically Dhul Hijjah began after Maghrib today(Thursday the 27th of October). Therefore let us increase ourselves in worship, dhikr, recitation of Qur'an, dua, contemplation and giving in charity, and let us not miss out on potentially gaining immense rewards in the next 10 days, for we will beg our own mothers for just one good deed on the day of judgement and they will turn us away like we are nobodys.
 
That is because on thet day EVERY single person will be in great need. Such is the harsh reality on that day. So we need every good deed we can get and so this is our perfect opportunity to now redeem ourselves and get closer to Allah and please him as much as we can before our soul is taken - which can be at ANY second!
 
May Allah enable us to make the best of these next 10 days in order that we can please him and be successful in this world and the next. Ameen
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« Reply #7 on: Oct 28, 2011 03:01 AM »

Asslam Alkium,

Can you please explain #7. Praying Nawafil (voluntary) prayers?
At what time can we pray this and what is Tahajjud?  I am new to praying and do not understand the word. It says this is the time Allah that answers  duas, etc. At what time can I do this?

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« Reply #8 on: Oct 28, 2011 03:26 AM »

At what times are these prayers done:

 Stand in Night Prayers: (Tahajud, Qiyam al Layl)
 
Remember the virtues of spending the night in prayer, and its sweetness in Ramadan?
 
Why not revive this beautiful act of worship during these nights as well?
 
Remember, how in the last third of every night, Allah 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? (Bukhaari, Muslim)
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« Reply #9 on: Oct 28, 2011 08:43 AM »

Salam,

Nawafil just means 'extra prayers'. You can just pray an extra 2 rakats whenever you want (just avoid exactly at noon or when the sun is setting or rising).

The last third of the night I would calculate to be the 4 hour window right before Fajr I think. (Take the time between Maghrib and Fajr and divide by 3) So if your Maghrib is at 6pm and Fajr is at 6am, the last third of the night would be 2am to 6am.

Tahajjud also known as Qiyam al-Lail are just 'extra prayers you pray at night'. Usually this is done alone after sleeping and waking up in the night before Fajr time, especially in that window of the last third of the night because of the Hadiths about it. In Ramadan of course Qiyam al Lail is usually done in congregation after Isha also known as Taraweeh.

Hope that all makes sense? Pls someone correct me if wrong. And Allah knows best.

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« Reply #10 on: Oct 28, 2011 08:58 AM »

sis Jannah, avoiding two rakahs at sunrise seems to be understandable, coz of Fajr being two...but why noon and sunset?
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« Reply #11 on: Oct 28, 2011 10:10 AM »

Jazakallah for that wonderful post.
I am going to print it out and keep referring to it

I am going to try and do some of the points as often as possible, inshallah.
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« Reply #12 on: Oct 28, 2011 05:01 PM »

sis Jannah, avoiding two rakahs at sunrise seems to be understandable, coz of Fajr being two...but why noon and sunset?

Those are times it's disliked to pray in bc we don't want to make it seem like we are praying to the sun! zawaal=absolute noontime, sun setting and rising times...

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« Reply #13 on: Oct 28, 2011 08:31 PM »

JazakAllah Khair for sharing! It's nice and comprehensive so far... (I am almost done reading).

Is there a direct link to this article? I was having trouble finding it since it only seems to be posted on forums.
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« Reply #14 on: Oct 30, 2011 01:40 AM »

At what times are these prayers done:

 Stand in Night Prayers: (Tahajud, Qiyam al Layl)
 
Remember the virtues of spending the night in prayer, and its sweetness in Ramadan?
 
Why not revive this beautiful act of worship during these nights as well?
 
Remember, how in the last third of every night, Allah 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? (Bukhaari, Muslim)

Asalaamu Alaikum sister, what better time to try and get closer to Allah than in the blessed ten days and nights of Dhul Hijjah, for these are the sacred days of Hajj and are also mentioned in the Qur'an where Allah has sworn by these blessed days.

There are 4 levels of prayers:

The Fard Salaah is the prayers that are obligatory like the 2 fard of Fajr, 4 fard of Dhuhr, 4 fard of Asr, 3 fard of Maghrib and 4 fard of Isha.

Then there are Waajib prayers like the witr prayer after Isha and the 2 rakat wajib prayer of Eid.

Then there are Sunnah prayers which is split into two. One is Sunnah Mu'kkadah which are Sunnah prayers which are emphasised to pray so we should take extra care to try and ensure we pray them. Like the 2 Sunnah of Fajr which is the most important Sunnah prayer of all. The 4 Sunnah of Dhuhr, 2 Sunnah of Maghrib and 2 Sunnah of Isha.

Then there are Ghayr Mu'kaddah sunnah prayers which are sunnah prayers that are not emhpasised to pray but are still very rewarding: Like the 4 Sunnah of Asr, the 4 Sunnah of Isha.

Then there are nawafil prayers which are voluntary prayers. These are optional as is the above and we should pray them as often as we can because they will make up any deficiancy in our fard prayers and is also one of the best ways of getting closer to Allah because we are prostrating to Allah and Allah loves it when his slave prostrates to him in Salaah. Prostrating to Allah is the closest we can get to Allah.

There are the standard Nawafil prayers like the 2 Nafil of Dhuhr, The 2 Nafil of Maghrib and the 2 nafil of Isha. But there are no limits on the amount of nawail prayers we can pray. We should pray as many nawafils as we can so that we can get closer to Allah and please him.

The list i gave you in my article lists the other nawafil prayers we can pray each and everyday. The best nawafil prayer of all is Tahajjud. It is a prayer that is from 2 - 12 rakat for it is recommended to do at least 8. It is prayed in 2 rakats. It is a prayer which was often prayed by the companions of the Prophet but was prayed by the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) every single night because for him it was fard. For us it is not fard but just nawafil 9voluntary).

It can be prayed straight after Isha but the best way of praying it is to sleep after Isha and then wake up a few hours later or in the third portion of the night which is the best time to pray it, and then pray it in the third portion of the night. You can calculate when that is by adding up the number of hours from Maghrib to Fajr and dividing it by 3 and then praying in the third portion of the night. Or ou can just wake up half an hour-45 minutes before Fajr and pray it then and then make dua until Fajr.

The reason why it is so rewarding is because it is prayed when most others are deep in their sleeps. For one gets up out of the comfort of ones bed to worship, remember and prostrate to ones lord and beg of him for his mercy and forgiveness in dua afterwards. That is why the third portion of the night is the best time to pray to Allah when others are deep in their sleeps. For one can raise their hands to Allah and ask whatevr they like and one will feel so much closer to Allah and gain the sweetness of imaan (faith). So every Muslim should strive to pray Tahajjud as much as they can for it creates fear of Allah and gets one closer to Allah as well as raising ones status in the hereafter gaining the high ranks of Jannah.

If there is anything else you need or any questions you have then please do not hesitate to ask.
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« Reply #15 on: Oct 30, 2011 01:45 AM »

sis Jannah, avoiding two rakahs at sunrise seems to be understandable, coz of Fajr being two...but why noon and sunset?

Asalaamu Alaikum, In the past and even in the present day the sun is worshipped. That is why Muslims to avoid praying at the time of the sun rising and setting avoids praying at those times. We can pray 20 minutes after Sunrise.

It is recommended for men to pray Fajr with jamaat(congregation) and for women to pray at home and then continue to worship Allah until 20 minutes after sunrise and then pray 2 x 2 rakats of Salaatul Duha and one will gain immense rewards. For sunset we only have to wait a few minutes after the sun has set to pray Maghrib.

Regarding Zawal (midday) then it is forbidden to pray at this time which is around 15-20 minutes because it is the point where the sun is at its highest peak.

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« Reply #16 on: Oct 30, 2011 01:49 AM »

JazakAllah Khair for sharing! It's nice and comprehensive so far... (I am almost done reading).

Is there a direct link to this article? I was having trouble finding it since it only seems to be posted on forums.

Asalaamu Alaikum, i actually created the article myself. I should start putting my name on my articles as i do not do so. I mainly post them on forums and e mail my contacts. I have written many over the years and if you would like to know about any matter then let me know and i will see if i have written anything on it.
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« Reply #17 on: Oct 30, 2011 01:49 AM »

It is also Sunnah in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah to say:

“Subhanallah” (Glory be to Allah), “Alhamdulillah” (All praise is due to Allah), “Allah hu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest) and “La ila ha ill Allah” (There is no worthy of worship except Allah) and say it around ones home or streets or any place where it is permitted to remember Allah!

Men should say these loudly and women should say them quietly.
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« Reply #18 on: Nov 01, 2011 12:47 AM »


Devotional Practice: Month Dhu al-Hijjah

By Imam Zaid Shakir

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijja are blessed days,
which we frequently neglect. The Noble Prophet, Peace
and Blessings of God be upon him, said, “There are no
days in which righteous deeds done during them are
more beloved to God than these days,” referring to the
first ten days of Dhul-Hijja.

During these blessed days we should try to exert
ourselves in worship, for the ‘Ulama’ mention that the
virtue of these days surpass even the virtue of the
days of Ramadan. Among the indications of the
distinction of these days is the special mention made
of them as a group or individually in both the Qur’an
and the Sunnah. In the Qur’an, God says, “I swear by
the Dawn, the Ten Nights, the Even and the Odd.”

Bearing these and many other virtues of these days in
mind, we should be especially diligent in increasing
our righteous acts during them. The following acts are
especially recommended:

1. We should try to fast as many of the first nine
days as possible. We should make an extra effort to
fast the Day of ‘Arafah. It is related in Sahih Muslim
that the Noble Prophet, Peace and Blessings of God be
upon him, said, “I anticipate that Fasting the Day of
‘Arafah will atone for the sins of the previous and
coming year.”

2. We should carefully monitor our speech, what we
listen to, and what we allow our gaze to fall on
during these days, again, especially on the Day of
‘Arafah. The Noble Prophet, Peace and Blessings of God
be upon him, said, “ [Concerning] the Day of ‘Arafah,
whoever controls his hearing, gaze, and speech on that
day, he will be forgiven. ”

3. We should be excessive in repeating the declaration
of Tawhid, with special emphasis on the phrase, “La
ilaha ilallah, Wahdahu La Sharika lah, Lahul Mulk, wa
lahul Hamd, biyadihi Khayr, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli Shayin
Qadir: There is no God but Allah. He is alone without
partners. His is the dominion, and unto Him is all
praise. With Him is all good, and He over all things
has power.” Imam Tirmidhi relates that this was the
supplication the Prophet, Peace and Blessings of God
be upon him, repeated more than any other on the Day
of ‘Arafah.

4. We should pray for forgiveness and liberation from
the Hellfire during these days, especially the Day of
‘Arafah. Imam ‘Ali, May God be pleased with him,
related, “God liberates people from the Hellfire
everyday. And there is no day when more people are
liberated from the Hellfire than the Day of ‘Arafah. ”

During this blessed season, let us all strive to renew
our commitment to our faith. May each year when these
blessed days return find you all in the very best of
states. May your life be dominated by the remembrance
of God. In all that we do, May He be glorified.
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« Reply #19 on: Oct 12, 2012 09:54 AM »

Assalaamualaikum,

Great articles reminding us the importance of first 10 days of Dhul-Hajj.Thanks.

May Allah accept all our prayers.Ameen.
Please pray for all of us.
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« Reply #20 on: Oct 13, 2012 01:05 AM »

Assalamualaikum,

When exactly does Dhull Hijjah start this year?
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« Reply #21 on: Oct 13, 2012 05:52 AM »

Walaikum salam, According to moonsighting in N. America they'll be checking Tues night, so 1st DhulHijjah could be Wed or Thursday of next week, making Eid either Friday or Saturday!!

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« Reply #22 on: Oct 05, 2013 12:23 PM »

bump...

These start tomorrow or Monday inshaAllah!! Get ready for the best days of the year!!!  madinaflag madinaflag
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« Reply #23 on: Oct 05, 2013 01:13 PM »

I really want to fast inshallah for the 9 days, my calendar says from Sunday, we'll see inshallah.


Everyone who's performing hajj this year please remember us in your Duas. And May Allah accept your hajj & make it easy on you.

Jazakallah khair
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« Reply #24 on: Oct 08, 2013 11:11 AM »

Salam peace to all, the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah have very high importance (Hurmah) and every Muslim should take blessings of these days.
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