How can we make use of the 10 blessed days of Dhul Hijjah?
The blessed month of Dhul Hijjah is here. This is the final month in the Islamic calendar and the month in which Muslims from around the globe would usually gather in Makkah for the Hajj pilgrimage. This year, Hajj is cancelled to halt the spread of coronavirus, but there are plenty of ways to reap blessings and improve our ibadah during these blessed days of Dhul Hijjah.
Here are a few ways you can get closer to Allah, and be remembered by Him during these blessed days
Before starting an act, make sure you make your intention the pleasure of Allah. This is a powerful way to centre our priorities and reflect upon our intent.
One of the ways to reap the rewards of this month, is by fasting the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah, which offer multiplied rewards.
One of the most important days to fast is the Day of Arafah, which expiates the sins of the past year, and of the year to come.
Abu Qatadah Al-Ansari (RA) narrated, “The Messenger of Allah was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah (the 9th of the month of Dhul Hijjah). He replied, “Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.” He was also asked about fasting on the day of Ashura (the 10th of the month of Muharram). He replied, “Fasting on the day of Ashura is an expiation for the preceding year.” The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was also asked about fasting on Monday, and he replied, “This is the day on which I was born and the day on which I was sent (with the Message of Islam) and the day on which I received revelation.” (Muslim)
Increase your charity during these blessed days. Remember when you give to help vulnerable people, Allah will give to you. Charity never decreases your wealth.
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One of the greatest acts of worship in this month is to give Qurbani , also known as Udhiyah. It is a virtuous act that honours the example of the prophet Ibrahim (AS) in his obedience and submission to Allah.
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5) Family relationships
During this period we should try our best to cherish and repair our relationships; this will allow us to enjoy the pleasure of Allah through an act of worship that is crucial in our faith.
Make it your goal to make as much dua during these ten blessed days. Try to make dua after each of your five daily prayers. It is also very important to focus on dua on the day of Arafah.
8) Guide others to virtue
Encourage others to do good in this month, it could as simple as sharing this article so that many others can benefit, inshallah.
Nourish yourself with the remembrance of Allah. When you have a few minutes, recite ‘Allahu Akbar,’ ‘Alhamdulillah’ and ‘SubhanAllah’ throughout the day and the blessings will pour in, inshallah.
Use your time wisely; set a portion of time aside to recite some Quran, and contemplate on the verses you have read. Make the most of these blessed days by building a stronger relationship with the Quran.
11) Takbeer, tahmeed, tahleel and tasbeeh
It was the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) to recite takbeer (Allahu Akbar), tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), tahleel (Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), and tasbeeh (SubhanAllah) during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.
These are powerful dhikrs that we should aim to recite in abundance in our homes, or wherever we are, heeding where it is permissible to glorify Allah.
Many Muslims choose to make the annual payment on their wealth during the blessed first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and a requirement for anyone of sound mind who has reached puberty and owns the nisab (minimum level of wealth).
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May Allah give us the honour of glorifying Him and excelling in our worship during the ten blessed days, inshallah.