Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The month of Zulhijjah - It matters.

Assalamualaikum and a very good evening to all! After a long blog hibernation, we are finally here in the month of Zulhijjah. The first ten days of Zul Hijjah are among the most magnificent days in Islamic calendar. The Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days."(Bukhari)



By the dawn (1) And [by] ten nights (2) 
Surah Al-Fajr verse 1 and 2.
Allah s.w.t has set apart these 10 days and nights with multiple of reward for good deeds. These 10 days and nights possess nobility and blessings as Allah multiplies the rewards for the good deeds we do. Even for those not performing the pilgrimage, Hajj, the first ten days of this month are considered very sacred and a time for increased reflection, seeking Allah's forgiveness, doing good and various other forms of worship.

The Messenger of Allah, Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, has said, "One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship of "Lailatul-Qadr". (Tirmizi)

Every Muslim should avail oneself of this wonderful opportunity by performing as much Ibadah (acts of worship) as he or she can during this period. Any good deeds that is done for the sake for Allah s.w.t will surely be rewarded. 

In terms of fasting, we are specifically encouraged to fast on the 9th Zulhijjah (25th October 2012). The prophet used to fast on this day. The verbal remembrance of Allah is another meritorious act during these first ten days of Zul Hijjah. The Prophet upon him) encouraged Muslims to recite a lot of Tasbeeh ("Subhan-Allaah"), Tahmeed ("Al-hamdu Lillaah") and Takbeer ("Allahu akbar") during this time.

The Takbeer may include the words "Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha ill-Allah; wa Allahu akbar wa Lillahi’l-hamd (Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no god but Allah; Allah is Most Great and to Allah be praise)," as well as other phrases.Generally, all good deeds are rewarded highly at this blessed time. These actions include praying, reading Quran, making Dua (supplication), giving in charity and being good to our families.

In addition, seeking Allah's forgiveness at this time is also encouraged. This means more than just a verbal expression of sorrow for past misdeeds. It also requires a firm resolution to avoid making the same mistakes in the future by giving up bad habits and behavior while sincerely turning to Allah. That is all for today's sharing. Wishing you happy in doing the good deeds! =]

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