The month of Dhul-Hijjah is indeed a month of tremendous virtues and blessings. The First Ten Days of this month are especially significant and are among the most magnificent days in the Islamic calendar. 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 carrying out various other forms of worship.

It is reported from Ibn Abbaas(radhiyallahu anhu) that Rasulullah    said: " There is no day wherein any good action is more beloved to Allah Ta'ala than these ten days (the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah)". The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum) enquired: " Not even Jihaad in the path of Allah ? "(i.e. are actions performed in these days more beloved than even the act of Jihaad)". " Not even Jihaad in the path of Allah," replied Rasulullah   , " with the exception of that person who left with his life and wealth (in the path of Allah) and did not return with any of it (i.e. he is martyred)". (Bukhari, Tabraani)   It is also narrated from Ibn Abbaas(radhiyallanhu) that Rasulullah   said: " No days are as weighty with Allah and so liked by Him for good deeds than the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah ". Therefore in these days increasingly recite: "La ilaha illallah, Allahu Akbar, Al-Hamdu-lillah, Sub-hanallah." (Tabraani) It is also narrated from Aboo Hurayrah (radiyallahu anhu) that Rasoolullah   said, "On no days is the worship of Allah desired more than in the (first) ten days of Dhul Hijjah. The fast of each of these days is equal to the fast of a whole year, and the worship of each of these nights is equal to the worship of Laylatul Qadr." (Tirmizi, Ibne Mãjah)

How do we make the most of this season of blessings?”, “What deeds can We perform to attain His pleasure?

The following are some examples of the acts of worship that will help us gain His pleasure InshaAllah. • . Perform Hajj (Pilgrimage) Obviously, Hajj is one of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days. However for those of us who were not invited to His House this year, there are still many more ways to earn the pleasure of Allah.

• Fast all nine days and especially on the ‘Day of Arafah’ The mother of the believers, Hafsah radiyallahu anhaa reports that   used to fast the (first) nine days of Dhul Hijjah. (Nasã'ee, Ahmad, Aboo Dãwood) The Prophet   used to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijja and he said: “Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah (ninth Dhul-Hijja) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year.” (Muslim) For those not performing hajj, it is mustahabb (desirable) to fast on this day according to their own lunar calendar dates of their own country . The fast of 'Youmul 'Arafah' has been emphasised by the Prophet(sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) as a mustahabb (desirable) act.

• Perform Dhikr and Takbeer The Prophet  said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), Takbeer (saying Allahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (saying Alhamdu Lillaah).” (Ahmad -Saheeh) Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. (Bukhari) • Stand the Night in Prayer Seeking Allah’s forgiveness and humbling ourselves in front of Him in supplication and prayers during the latter part of the night is an act of worship that is very beloved to Allah.

Night of 'Eedul Adh'hã  The nights of both 'Eed are described in the Hadeeth as amongst the great and sacred nights in the Muslim calendar. To remain awake on the nights of 'Eed and perform 'ibãdah is a source of great virtue and reward. • Aboo Umarah radiyallahu anhu related that 'Ã'ishah radiyallahu anhaa reports that Rasoolullah    said, "Whosoever stays awake and performs 'ibãdah (worship) on the nights of the two 'Eed, with hope for abundant reward (from Allah), his heart will not die on the day (i.e. Qiyãmah) when all hearts will be dead." (Targheeb) Takbirãt of Tashreeq The Takbirãt of Tashreeq are: Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,  Lã ilãha illallãhu wallahu Akbar,  Allahu Akbar, Walil lahil hamd. "Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest and all praises are for Allah only." It is wãjib for every adult Muslim to recite these Takbirãt of Tashreeq audibly once after every fardh salaah from the Fajr of 9th Dhul Hijjah to the 'Asr of 13th Dhul Hijjah (i.e. total of 23 salãh). Mas'alah: Women should not say it loudly but softly. Mas'alah: Takbeer should be recited immediately after concluding the fardh prayer. Virtues of Qurbãni Rasoolullah sallalahu alayhi wasallam said, "There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbãni than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgement with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart." (Tirmizi, Ibne Mãjah) When you sacrifice everything that you identify with for Allah Ta’ala, He gives to you a special inner happiness. That is the spiritual “secret” so many of us seek. Both Eid-ul-Adha and Hajj serve as a special occasion that definitely gets one in touch with this “secret”

 Let us Celebrate the Day of Eid by caring for the weak, oppressed and needy in our community, discharging our Qurbani and by upholding the Commandments of Allah Ta’ala and the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad(Peace be upon him) . Please do remember the entire Ummah in your duas(prayers).

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Arshad I Fakir( Moulana) Imaam masjid e Dhuha Sandton