It is indeed from the blessings of Allah that He has given us blessed days and times through the year which have greater virtues and blessing over the others. The month of Dhul Hijjah is no exception.
- Allah swears by these 10 days, which means that He is highlighting its true importance. The Quran says ‘By the Dawn, And by the ten nights, (89:1 – 89:2)
- According to Imam Al Qurtubi, and Ibn Kathir, ibn Zubayr Mujahid and ibn Abbas, this is referring to the 10 nights of dhul hijjah
- In a report the Prophet saw said: ‘There is no action that is better in virtue than these 10 days’ Bukhari, 2/457
- The Quran also refers to the importance of the remembrance of Allah during these 10 days Allays says; That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allah on known days’ Hajj (22:28)
- Ibn Hajr in describing the magnificence of these days he said, what seems apparent is that the reason for the distinct merits of these ten days is due to the fact that the main forms of worship all coincide in it including, the prayers, the fasting, charity and pilgrimage and this doesn’t occur in any other month. (Fath ul Bari).
So what should we do?
- Ensure you pray, and try to pray on time. Prayer is the key to success in both worlds, it alleviates our problems and brings our worldly affairs to a balance, pray with concentration and devotion and not just in a tokenistic manner.
- We should try and pray on time and increase our voluntary prayers because these are the best forms of offerings In these blessed days.
Ibn thawban reports that the prophet saw said, increase your prostration to Allah, for whenever you do a single prostration to Allah he draws you closer to Him by a rank and removes from you sins through the it.
- It’s a way of showing sacrifice and further it has vast benefits for you spiritually and physically.
- Fasting is recommended during the first 9 days of dhul hijjah, and very strongly recommended on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah. So, one day before the Eid celebration, make sure to fast.
- Hunbadah ibn khalid reports on the authority of the some of the mothers of the believers that the Prophet pbuh said’ the right saw would fast 9th of duh hijab and the and the 10th of Ashura and three days of every month. (Ahmed, Nasa’l).
- Imam al Nawawi states that the optional fasts in these ten days are strongly recommended
- Recite Takbeer, Tahleel and Tahmeed.
- Takbeer – to recite Allahu Akbar (Allah is The Greatest)
Tahleel – to recite La ilaha Illa Allah (To testify to the oneness of Allah).
Tahmeed –to recite wa lillahi Al Hamd (Attributing praises and gratitude to Allah).
- Imam Al bukhari reports that Ibn Omar and Abu H would go to the market places and would say the takbeer aloud and people would follow in turn.
- Omar would say the takbeer aloud in his tent in Mina and so much so that the people of the masjid would hear it and those who were in the market place would also hear it and repeat it until the entire mina would mina tremor with the chanting of takbeer
- There are many ways of reciting the takbeer, tahleel and tahmeed. The most common of these are recited in succession in the following way:
‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
La ilaha Illa Allahu, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
wa lillahi Al Hamd’
Summarised Table of What to Do this Month
|1st-8th of Dhul Ḥijjah [Aug 23-30]||Recommended to fast and do good deeds/say takbeer/tahleel/tahmeed.|
|9th of Dhul Ḥijjah [Aug 31]||Highly recommended to fast|
|10th of Dhul Ḥijjah [Sep 1]||Eid prayer and animal sacrifice|
We pray to Allah that He expiates our sins in these precious days, accepts the pilgrimage of the pilgrims and grants us the opportunity to perform hajj soon. Amen