1st Dhul Hijjah is upon us alhamdulillah (10th December), Yaum ul Arafah will inshaAllah be on Tuesday 18th December (9th Dhul Hijjah), followed by Eid ul Adha on Wednesday 19th December. May Allah grant us all the tawfiq to reap the rewards and benefits of these blessed days. May Allah also protect the Hujjaj who have travelled (or will be travelling) from every corner of every land to seek the mercy of the Almighty. May Allah grant them expiation and a Hajj Mabroor . Ameen.
The first ten days of this month are full of blessings and are very special for many reasons, as followed:
- Allaah swears an oath by these 10 days, and when Allah swears an oath by something it indicates 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. Ibn Katheer said: "This is the correct opinion." (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 8/413)
- The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) testified that these are the best days of this world and Allah has preferred them over all the other days of the year
- The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) commanded us to recite a lot of Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah, example – Allahu Akbar, La elaha illallah, Alhamdulillah, Subhaanallah
- These days include the Day of Arafaah, on which Allaah perfected / completed the religion of Islaam and fasting on this day will expiate for the sins of two years
- These days include the pilgrims (hujjaj) performing Hajj in Mecca
- These days include the Day of Sacrifice – Eid ul Adhaa