What can one do to attain Allah’s love in these TEN days?
The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
‘There are no days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these 10 days (i.e. the first days of Dhul-Hijjah).’ The Companions (Radia Allaahu ‘anhuma) said: “O Messenger of Allaah not even Jihaad in the cause of Allaah?’
He (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) replied: ‘Not even Jihaad in the cause of Allaah. Except the one who went to fight taking himself and his wealth but did not return with either of them.’” Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas (Radia Allaahu ‘anhuma) [Al-Bukhaari & At-Tirmidhi]
This Hadeeth emphasizes on the following points:
1- One should enter these days with the belief that Allah loves the one who performs good righteous deeds, so you should perform good deeds in these ten days in order to attain Allah’s love.
2- The words ‘Righteous deed’ includes every good and righteous deed you may know.
3-The Comparison between the righteous deeds and Jihad, performing righteous deeds will be better than Jihad except in the case of a man who goes out with his self and his wealth, and does not return with any of that.
What kind of righteous deeds can one perform during these days?
1-Performing Hajj and ‘Umrah
The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“The Performance of ‘Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous ‘Umrah, and the reward of Hajj al-Mubrûr (i.e. the accepted Hajj) is nothing but Paradise.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
2-Fasting the day of Arafah for the non-pilgrim.
Abu Qatadah al-ansaari (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) was asked about the fast on the day of ‘Arafah , whereupon he (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “It expiates the sins of the preceding year and the coming year.” [Reported by Muslim]
Observing the fast on the day of ‘Arafah expiate the minor sins, therefore when one enters the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, it is better for the person to repent from all the sins (the major and the mirror)
Observing the fast is not enough for the expiation of the sins unless the person hopes for the reward from his Lord. Ihtisaab (hoping for the reward) is very important when performing any righteous deed.
3- One of the most important righteous deeds is offering the Salat.(Especially the obligatory Salaats, then offering the voluntary ones also)
Abu Hurairah (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Allah said,
‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshiper of mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is with what I have enjoined upon him and My slave keeps coming closer to Me through performing Nawaafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides the obligatory) till I love him, then I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips and his leg with which he walks, and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My Protection (Refuge),I will protect him (i.e give him My refuge), and I don’t hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.” [Al-Bukhaari]“
Spend in Charity with whatever you can afford, never belittle the good, spend even if it is half a date and if you did not find that then protect yourself from the Hell fire with a good pleasant word (to your Muslim sister). The Prophet ( Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said,
“Every day two angels come down (from the heaven) and one of them says, ‘O Allah! Compensate every person who spends in your cause, and the other (angel) says, ‘O Allah! Destroy every miser.'” [Al-Bukhari]
5- Remembering Allah, saying Takbeer, Tahmeed and Tahleel.
The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam):
“There are no days greater in Allah’s sight, no deeds beloved to Him than these ten days, therefore increase in saying the Tahleel (i.e. Laa ilaha illa Allah), Takbeer (saying Allaahu akbar) and Tahmeed (Saying Al-Hamdulilaah)].” [Reported by Ahmed and authenticated by Ahmed Shaakir- It’s chain is correct]
The Most important Dhikr is Takbeer. Ibn Umar and Abu Hurairah (Radia Allaahu ‘anhuma) used to go to the market places during the ten days of Dhul Hijjah saying the Takbeer (loudly) and the people were saying the Takbeer accordingly and Mina was shaken with their Takbeers.
‘Umar (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu) used to say the Takbeer while he was in his dome and the people of the Masjid would hear his Takbeer and say it accordingly.
NOTE: The women should say the Takbeer in their houses loudly, in order to revive the Sunnah and to act upon it, and also to show this to their children.
The Meaning of the Takbeer
Bear in mind that this life is a test for our Takbeer (Magnification, Glorification) of Allah.
We have to live in this life while we are glorifying and magnifying Allah.
Allah (Subhnaahu wa Ta’ala) commanded us in Surat al-Muddath-thir, verse 13:
“And your Lord glorify”
And in Surat al-Isra, verse 111, Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) also commanded us:
“and glorify Him with [great] glorification.”
When you say “Allaahu Akbar Allahu Akbar”, the following beliefs would be established in your heart:
1- Allah is Al-Kabeer whose Attributes are GREAT and no one is able to encompass them with his mind, nor can one imagine it with his mind. Allah is Great in His Mercy, in His Forgiveness, in His benevolence, in His Generosity, in His Ability etc
“No Vision perceives Him (can grasp Him), But He perceives (all) vision (He grasps all vision), and He is the subtle, the All-Acquainted.” [Al-An’aam, Verse 103]
2-Allah is Al-Kabeer whose Essence is Most Great. We know this through the news that comes to us from our Lord in His Book and from the statements of His Messenger Muhammad (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam). It is from Allah’s Greatness that “the seven heavens and the seven earths are in His Hand like a Mustard seed in the hand of any one of us” [Narrated by Ibn Abbas (Radia Allaahu ‘anhuma), Ibn Taymiyyah in Majmoo’ al-Fatawa]
Allah said in Surat az-Zumar, verse 67:
وَمَا قَدَرُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ قَدْرِهِ وَالْأَرْضُ جَمِيعاً قَبْضَتُهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَالسَّماوَاتُ مَطْوِيَّاتٌ بِيَمِينِهِ سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ
They have not appraised Allah with true appraisal, while the earth entirely will be [within] His grip on the Day of Resurrection, and the heavens will be folded in His right hand. Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him.
To Allah the Exalted belongs the Grandeur, Supremacy and Majesty, these Attributes which none can give the due estimate for them and no one knows their reality.
How Perfect is He Who has all the power, Kingdom, Magnificence and Supremacy.
3- Allah is Al Kabeer in His Actions.
Contemplate over His creation of the heavens and the earth and all that exists in the heavens and earth [mountains, oceans, sun, moon, stars etc) look at the eclipse of the sun and the moon, the earthquakes etc.
4- No One deserves to be magnified and venerated except Him. The Magnificence of Allah should be established in the heart and uttered with the tongues and shown in the actions. All the servants of Allah should magnify and glorify Allah by their hearts, tongues and actions and this can be done by:
- Exerting their utmost to know about Him, to love Him
- Showing humility to Him and Fearing Him
- Obeying Him
- Remembering Him
- Thanking Him and not showing ungratefulness to Him.
- Submitting yourself to His Law, and not opposing or objecting on anything that He has created or legislated.
- Magnifying and honoring all what He has magnified of time, place, people, deeds etc.
Therefore, Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’la) legislated the Takbeer in the Salaat in its beginning and during moving from one pillar to another in order for the slave to remember (realize) Allah’s Greatness in this act of worship which is one of the greatest acts.
In fact, the Takbeer accompanies the Muslim in many acts of worship. He glorifies Allah (Says the Takbeer) when he finishes fasting, as Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) says in the Surat al-Baqarah, Verse 185:
وَلِتُكْمِلُواْ الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُواْ اللّهَ عَلَى مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ
“and that you must magnify Allah [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar) on seeing the crescent of the month of Shawwal] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him”
More about the belief in the Name of Allah, ‘Al-Kabeer’ in our magazine, Al-Muhajiroon!