Just wanted to mark in my blog some form of rememberance. Alhamdulillah, November 29 marked the first day of Dhul-Hijjah.
I’m still learning about the virtues of this period during which 10 days are acknowledged (and who says Muslims don’t have holdiays) for the sake of Allah (SWT). There are many virtues of these 10 days and at the end, there is a festival of sacrifice.
[borrowed from muslimmatters.org post, along with title of this blog]
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 (of Dhul-Hijjah).” The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2/457).
As Muslims, we are encouraged to make our Salats especially during this time, have dikr (rememberance) for Allah SWT, fast the first 9 days, and do as many good deeds because during the 10 days they are magnified. For a full list of the recommended deeds, look here.
I missed the first two days but my intention will be to fast the next 8 starting today. I’m assuming fast sun up to sun down and that won’t be a problem, inshAllah, since it’s 5:37am here and I’m up, and, the sun sets here in London pretty early (3:55pm)
[From mulsimmatters.org post]
Woe unto those who turn their backs on these days! Woe unto those who deny Allah’s favour upon us! Woe unto those who do nothing to grow closer to Allah, and increase only in their evildoing!
Ya ayyuhal-latheena aamanu, think of what you can do to deserve that Pleasure and reward promised to the ones who make the effort! Enjoin the ties of kinship. Give in sadaqah. Perfect your salaah and increase it. Make du’a for the best of this world and the Hereafter. Recite the Qur’an and ponder upon it. Moisten your tongue with the remembrance of Allah! Think of those who are on their way right now towards the most blessed of all places on this earth to Allah, to al-Makkah al-Mukarramah, to BaytAllah al-Haraam, to perform the Hajj – Hajj Mabroor, insha’Allah. Think of them, and what they will be doing, and think of the times you went for Hajj, or beg of Allah that He make it feasible for you to go in the future.
The month of Dhul-Hijjah has begun, the month of the annual Hajj. The first ten days of this month are a special time of devotion, leading up to the culmination of the Hajj experience, the Day of Arafat. Since the Hajj pilgrimage rites take place in Saudi Arabia, most countries follow Saudi Arabia’s determination of the month and holiday dates. The Supreme Judicial Council of Saudi Arabia has announced that the Day of Arafat will be next Sunday (7 December), with Eid Al-Adha following on Monday (8 December).
With so much going on in the world, I am looking forward to these 10 days. My weekend in Istanbul, btw, was great. Pictures to come!
So I end with a: Takbeer! Allah-u-Akbar (God is Great)!
“Surely in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest” (3:28) (Quran)
P.S. A friend of mine asked me if music is halal. I am still working on finding answers to this because it was a question of mine. I did come across one mention that music is halal if it aids in the rememberence of God. So, I’ll assume some music are okay. Astaghfirullah, I was listening to Lupe yesterday riding through London’s East End on my way home. Tears were falling as I listened to his lyrics for Muhammad Walks and American Terrorist. I’ll let you listen for yourself instead of posting the songs.