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Virtues of the First Ten Days of Dhu’l-Hijjah

September 25, 2014 Leave a comment



Among the great seasons of worship are the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, which Allah (Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala) has favored over other days. It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (MALE radi-allahu-anhu) that the Prophet (SAW) said: “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” They said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” 1

It was also narrated from Anas (MALE radi-allahu-anhu) that the Prophet (SAW) said: “There is no deed that is better before Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of al-Adha.” It was said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” 2

These texts and others indicate that these ten days are better than all other days of the year, with no exception, even the last ten days of Ramadaan. But the last ten nights of Ramadaan are better than the first ten nights of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because they include Laylat al-Qadr, which is better than a thousand months.

So the Muslim should start these days with sincere repentance to Allah (Allah Subhanahu-wa-Taala), then he should do a lot of righteous deeds in general, then he should pay attention to doing the following deeds: Read more…


Hajj – Truly an unforgettable journey!

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

[This is an excerpt from an email that I wrote to my dear friend describing my Hajj experience:]

It is hard to describe the entire experience but definitely filled with reflections. One phrase that I heard before but experienced it for my self in this trip: “everybody gets tested in one way or the other and it is a great medium to deveop one’s patientce and reliance on Allah Azzawajal”. I thought it would be just a longer version of Umra, but was I wrong. I am very thankful to have had the chance to complete the hajj after two years of wanting to and not being able to. Finally, in the third attempt, Allah accepted my dua and invited me to His house. Alhumdlillah.

Our organizers were pretty “organized”, so the experience was pretty comfortable compared to what we’ve heard from some of our relatives. The highlight for me was definitely the day of Tarwiyah (after Arafat). Me and my father got up in the morning and left around 10am to head to the jamarat where we stone the devil. I was under the assumption that it was kinda close and we’d be back in a couple of hours, so I did not really get all my “gear”. It turned out to be a loong walk, I think almost 1.5-2 hours with the crowd and we decided to head off to Haram by foot to complete the tawaf and other rituals in one go. So, I did not have my wallet and got some money from dad. We were walking and walking and turns out to be a lot longer than expected …

Dad decided to catch a taxi and headback to Mina so that he could return with mom the next day and complete the rituals then. I wanted to complete it the same day, so descided to continue walking. I walked and walked and there was no sight of the haram yet. I hopped on a bus and the conductor was asking for 15 riyals. I put my hands inside my ihram pocket and to my dismay find a big hole there and the money must have slipped out! So, I am here in Makkah with no money and no phone and Mina is atleast 5km away.Alhumdlillah, as soon as I got of the bus, people were handing out free food for the “hajis”, so Allah Ar Raziq took care of my food needs for the rest of the day. Read more…

Useful websites for Hajj

October 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Here are some resources to review before heading off to Hajj:

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