Reaching the First 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah
Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) out of His Bounty and Mercy has blessed us with Sacred months.
These Sacred Months are Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab.
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) said in Surat at-Tawbah (9:36):
” إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ فَلَا تَظْلِمُوا فِيهِنَّ أَنْفُسَكُمْ “
“Verily the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth, of them four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein.”
~ Ibn Ábbas (Rahimahullaah) said: “Allah’s Statement, ‘Verily, the number of months with Allah…’ is connected to ‘So wrong not yourselves therein,’ in all (twelve) months. Allah then chose four out of these months and made them sacred, emphasizing their sanctity, making sinning in them GREATER, in addition to MULTIPLYING the rewards of righteous deeds during them.”
As we are reaching the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah, in which deeds done in them are the most beloved to Allah, let us focus on related narrations:
Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas (Radhia Allaahu ‘anha), that the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
‘There are no days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these 10 days (i.e. the first days of Dhul-Hijjah).’ The Companions (Radhia Allaahu ‘anhum) said: “O Messenger of Allah, not even Jihaad in the cause of Allah?’
He (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) replied: ‘Not even Jihaad in the cause of Allah. Except the one who went to fight, taking himself and his wealth, but did not return with either of them.’” [Al-Bukhaari & At-Tirmidhi]
The Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “The best days in the world are the Ten days.” (The First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah)”. [Ibn Hibban, al-Bazzaar, authenticated in Sahih Jaami’ us-Sagheer 1133]
There are no days greater than those with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). So, we need to take advantage of these coming days and not miss even a minute without remembering Allah.
We need to beg Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) to prolong our life throughout the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. It’s not with our own strength or power that we will be able to worship Allah, but by seeking His help. We need to also seek Isti’aadhah (Refuge with Allah) from heedlessness, laziness, and Shaytaan.
The actions of the heart are so important. And on top of all of this we have tawbah (repentance). This is our chance. Maybe we didn’t get the chance to worship Allah the way we had to in Ramadhaan, so by the grace of Allah he had opened another chance for us Dhul-Hijjah to worship Him. We need to take advantage of these days. Show Allah your truthfulness and prepare yourself for these days. We don’t know if we’ll be able to make it to next year.
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) out of his Mercy and Graciousness blessed some of the months for us. What should we do during these months?
We should adhere to the commandments of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) and stay away from sins.
We should focus on the actions of the heart. Most of us pray, fast, do a lot of good deeds but we forget to have the intentions. We can lose a lot of the rewards without intentions. If the action of the limbs is accompanied by the action of the heart, it will be more rewarding.
Any kind of ‘Ibaadah requires intentions/ikhlaas. Nothing will benefit us on the Day of Judgement unless we have a sound heart (clean heart). Try your best to have a clean heart. Many deeds will not benefit us if the heart is not clean.