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The month of Dhul Hijjah has arrived. And each one of us are gearing up to do good deeds. Here is a compilation of all the Virtues of Dhul Hijjah by Rahila Khan, Regional Head North of The Islamic kid store.
There are 2 main benefits of knowing them 1) It motivates us to do more good deeds 2) Being Conscious of the reward reaffirms our faith in Allah SWT and purifies intentions.
Our Day 2 post must have helped you plan your Dhul Hijjah Days. Now here is something to give you the right dose of energy to move ahead.
The virtues of Dhul Hijjah are as follows:
- The 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar is Dhull Hijjah and is considered one of the four sacred months for Muslims, called Al Ashhour Al Hurom.Dhul Hijjah consists of 29 or 30 days and its literal translation means 'Possessor of the Pilgrimage' or 'The Month of the Pilgrimage'. The rites of hajj are done in this month.
- This month has been associated with Hajj even before the Islamic religion was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed SAW. In pre-Islamic times, Arabs used to refrain from raids and wars and devote themselves to pilgrimage.
- The first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, which Allaah has preferred over all the other days of the year. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2/457).
- These texts and others indicate that these ten days are better than all the other days of the year, with no exceptions, not even the last ten days of Ramadaan. But the last ten nights of Ramadaan are better, because they include Laylat al-Qadr ("the Night of Power"), which is better than a thousand months
- llaah swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): "By the dawn; by the ten nights" [al-Fajr 89:1-2]. Ibn ‘Abbaas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujaahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah.
These ten days include Yawm ‘Arafaah (the Day of ‘Arafaah), on which Allaah perfected His Religion. Fasting on this day will expiate for the sins of two years. These days also include Yawm al-Nahar (the Day of Sacrifice), the greatest day of the entire year and the greatest day of Hajj, which combines acts of worship in a way unlike any other day.
These ten days include the days of sacrifice and of Hajj.
- Day 10th of the month of Dhu Al Hijjah marks the first day of Eid Al Adha.The name Eid Al Adha is derived from the Arabic word Al Udhiya, which means animal sacrifice.. Eid Al Adha is four days. The first day holds the Eid prayers in the morning, after which the sacrifice is held (Muslims can delay offering the sacrifice up to the three days).
- Then next three days which are also considered Eid, are called Ayyam Al Tashreeq.The prophet Mohammed called these days as “the days of eating, drinking and praising of God."
So, in all this month has a lot of importance and hence one should ensure that he does not miss any of this important occasion because time is passing quickly. Let him prepare himself by doing good deeds which will bring him a reward when he is most in need of it.
There is much to be gained, so make the most of the opportunity afforded by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days. Hasten to do good works, before death strikes, before one can regret one’s negligence and failure to act before one is asked to return to a place where no prayers will be answered before death intervenes between the hopeful one and the things he hopes for before you are trapped with your deeds in the grave.