The Best Ten Days Of The Year

They are finally here! The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah (the last month of the Islamic calender).

Most people are unaware of the great importance of this month (No, it isn’t important and sacred to only those who have gone to perform Hajj) and miss out on the immense reward one can gain during it.

Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence.

The hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam – practices required of all Muslims.

Read more on Hajj: http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/184/fifth-pillar-of-islam/

 

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) has mentioned about it in the Quran in Surah Al-Fajr:

“By the dawn.

And by the ten nights…” [89:1-2]

Allah swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit.

Ibn Kathir said that “the ten nights” referred to here are the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, and this opinion was also held by Ibn Abbas, Ibn az-Zubair, Mujahid and others.

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) has encouraged us to increase our acts of worship in this blessed month as the rewards are multiplied. The following hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) informs us how significant and beloved these ten days are in the sight of Allah.

There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in these ten days”. It was asked, “Not even Jihad (striving/struggle) for the sake of Allah?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for Jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” [Bukhari]

So make the best of this month by offering nafl and the night prayer (Tahajjud), fasting (especially on the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah, day of Arafat), remembering and praising Allah;

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) has recommended Tahleel (Laa ilaaha ill-Allah: There is no God but Allah), Takbeer (Allahu Akbar: God is The Greatest) and Tahmeed (Alhamdu Lillaah: All praise is due to God alone),

sincerely repenting to Allah, reciting the Quran, giving in charity and doing all types of good deeds.

May Allah make us from those who are successful in both this world and the Hereafter. (Ameen)

 

Additional reference

A Productive Muslim

Do you want to become better at time management and work efficiently for both the Dunya (this world) and Akhirah (the Hereafter)? Do you want to know how to support your religion by becoming a better Muslim?

I definitely want to.

So many of us know that we want to make changes in our lifestyle. We have the idea, but before we can put it into practice, we give up and go back to being our old procrastinating selves. Productive Muslim is a great tool to help you turn yourself around. It gives you the motivation you need to take that leap and like a good caring friend, it stands by you and offers you tips and tricks to keep striving for more.

If you truly want to change yourself to become more productive, this website is worth taking a look at. Be sincere with yourself. You need to work hard to get a good result. There are no shortcuts, but there are some good helpful tips.

The Productive Muslim write beautifully MashaAllah and offer many free and amazing resources containing golden advice; their eBook, Manifesto, being one of them:

http://productivemuslim.com/download-productivemuslim-manifesto/

May Allah reward Mohammed Faris and the entire team of Abu Productive for the work they are doing for Islam and this Ummah. (Ameen)

If you know someone who could use this knowledge, please do share it with them. Jazak Allahu Khairan, I hope everything turns out better for you.

Flora

I am an aspiring illustrator. So whenever I get the time and am mentally prepared for it, I draw. Adding colour to a blank piece of paper is something I truly enjoy.

I drew this using coloured pencils as the main medium. Not long ago I came upon a painted picture of a bunch of flowers and using that as a reference photo I drew this. Alhumdulilah it turned out just fine.
Maemi

Motivation is required since it takes some time and effort but watching the drawing come closer to its finished state is fruit enough. I am going to put more time and effort into this art إن شاء الله.

Oh Allah! Bring us closer to what is best for us and keep us away from what is harmful for us. (Ameen)

Change your destiny; dua for Laylat ul-Qadr

I recently got to know about this hadith on a short but powerful dua.

A’ishah (رضي الله عنها) reported that she asked Allah’s Messenger  (صلى الله عليه و سلم), “O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?” And he instructed her to say:

dua

[Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmithi. Verified to be authentic by Al-Albani]

Al-Afuw, it’s linguistic meaning is to erase and wipe away and it also means (less known meaning is) excess and abundance.

He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will erase all your sins and He will not let a trace of them remain. And He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will lighten your heart, and not remind you of those sins, and He will not punish you for those sins. And He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will give you everything you asked for, that which is good for you, and give you much more than what you asked for. SubhanAllah.

Allah is indeed the Most Great, Most Merciful, Most Forgiving.

This is a dua that we should fluently recite, in Ramadan and in all other months. So learn it by heart and share this knowledge among your family and friends so that they too may benefit from it.

I pray that we get to witness this night, that we are most sincere and our best selves during this night, and that Allah forgives us and erases all of our sins. (Ameen)

A most beautiful way to remember and praise Allah

Jawairiyah bint Al-Harith (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:  The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) asked, “Are you still in the same position as I left you.” I replied in the affirmative.

Thereupon the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) said, “I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier.

They are: Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida’a nafsihi, wa zinatah `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi”

[Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)].”[Sahih Muslim].

These are some beautiful words of remembrance which are not widely known, but should be. Please recite them daily and spread them among your family and friends so that they too may benefit from its immense reward.

The final ten days of Ramadan are here. May Allah bless you and your family and accept all your acts of worship and forgive all your sins. (Ameen)

This moment won’t come back, so be most sincere and make use of this valuable time.

The Three Things That Were Loved

Three things to love in this world.

Muslim Words

I want to share with you my favorite Hadith (narration). I found it in my copy of “Preparing for the Day of Judgement” by Imam Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani (translated by S.M. Hasan Al-Banna) in the Chapter “Counsel in Threes”. Included under each part of the Hadith is the tafseer (explanation) that was explained to me by Ustadh Usama Canon.

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