Allah SWT made the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah the BEST of days, while making the last 10 nights of Ramadan the best of nights. Therefore, we should aim to please Allah SWT more during this time than any other.
This is during ordinary days. Of course there is even more reward during these blessed days.
Of all the acts of worship a believer can do, the best of acts are to keep the fasts of Dhul Hijjah – especially on the Day of ‘Arafah – the day upon which Allah SWT perfected His religion:
The Prophet (SAW) said: “Fasting the day of `Arafah expiates the sins of two years: the past one and the coming one. And fasting the day of Ashura expiates the sins of the past year.” [Muslim]
Remember that observing the voluntary fast for a day keeps you away from Hell. In a hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
Anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
One should also make extra effort to do as much dhikr as possible:
The Prophet (SAW) said: “There are no days that are greater before Allah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days, so recite a great deal of tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed during them.” [Ahmad]
- The Takbeer is Allahu akbar (Allah is Greater than all)
- The Tahmeed is Al-hamdu Lillah (All praise belongs to Allah)
- Tahleel: Laa ilaha ill-Allah (There is no God but Allah)
- Tasbeeh: Subhaan-Allah (Glory be to Allah)
The most common takbir is:
Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allah, Allahu akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd.
Allah is Greater Than All, Allah is Greater Than All, there is no god but Allah; Allah is Greater than everything and to Allah belongs all praise.
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) also reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
He who says Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise) one hundred times a day, his sins will be obliterated even if they are equal to the extent of the foam of the sea.(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
He who utters ten times La ilaha illallahu, wahdahu la sharika lahu, lahulmulku wa lahulhamdu, wa Huwa `ala kulli sha’in qadir (There is no true god except Allah. He is One and He has no partner. His is the sovereignty and His is the praise, and He is Omnipotent), he will have a reward equal to that for freeing four slaves from the progeny of Prophet Isma`il. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Whatever you do, don’t forget your remembrance of Allah during the coming days of Dhul Hijjah, and don’t forget to make dua for yourself and your brothers and sisters around the world who are suppressed.
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