Eyes on the prize, people 😉

I know, that’s a terrbile blog post title. But I’ve seen so many serious ones that I simply decided to take a different route. Anyways, this post is more a summary than a detailed analysis, but Inshallah it serves as a reminder.

Ibn Hajr said in Al-Fat’h Al-Bary (His explanaintion of Sahih Al-Bukhari):

It appears that the reason for the specialness of the 10 (days) of Dhul Hijjah is due to the possibility of uniting the mothers of worship during them, and they (the mothers of worship) are: prayer, fasting, charity and Hajj, and this does not come about in any other time.

 What is recommended for us to do during these days:

1 – Prayer:

Thawban (RA) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say:

“You must frequently prostrate to Allah, for you do not prostrate to Allah a single prostration except that Allah raises you with it a level and removes from you a wrongdoing with it.” (Muslim) – This is a general Hadith that applies to all time, not just Dhul Hijjah.

2 – Fasting:

Imam An-Nawawi said regearding fasting during these ten days that it is strongly recommended.

From Hunaidah Bin Khalid, from his wife from some of the wives of the Prophet (saw) said:

“The messenger of Allah (saw) used to fast nine (days) of dhul hijjah, and the day of Ashura, and three days of every month.” (Ahmad, Dawud and Nasai).

3 – Takbir, Tahmid and Tahlil.

That is, saying Allahu Akbar (Takbir), Alhamdulillah (Tahmid) and La Ilaha Ila Allah (Tahlil). Also, it is recommended that takbir is said aloud.

Manner:

– Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbaru Kabria.

– Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la ilaha ila Allah, wa Allahu akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahi Alhamd.

– Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la ilaha ila Allah, wa Allahu akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahi Alhamd.

4 – Fast the day of Arafat:

He (saw) said:

“I hope for Allah to wipe out (the sins of) the previous year and the following year.” (Muslim) This is specific and unique to Arafat.

5 – The blessing of slaughter.

He (saw) said:

“The greatest day to Allah is the day of slaughter, then the day of Al-Qar.” (The day of Al-Qar is the day when the pilgrims stay in Mina on the 11th of Dhul Hijjah.)

What should we focus on during these blessed days?

1 – True and sincere Tawbah.

2 – Honest and serious determination to make the most of them with what pleases Allah.

What is to be avoided by the one who wishes to slaughter:

He (saw) said:

“ If the ten (days) begin and one of you wishes to slaughter, then he should withhold from (cutting) his hair and nails.” (Ahmad and Muslim)

Note: this only applies to the actual person who will slaughter the sheep – not the entire household. The reason/wisdom behind this is that the slaughterer shares with the pilgrim in some of the rites of Hajj, specifically the sacrifice.

Some interesting links on this topic include:

Productive Muslim came up with 6 simple ways to try to gain Allah’s pleasure during these 10 days for all the family.

Here is an excellent summary of the virtues of these ten days, with a longer, more detailed version here.

And in the interest of not forgetting that this is the time for Hajj, here’s a great list of ways to get kids learning about the pilgrimage (ugh! Why is that word so hard to spell?!), and for those actually going (I actually think that most have left by now, so this is kinda late, but whatevs.) there’s this list of 106 tips to help your hajj go well.

Have you read any interesting / novel / useful posts about Dhul Hijjah lately? If so, please share! Do you have any specific plans to make the most of these ten days?

 

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