Just 10 days – Make the Best Use of it!!!

Now what is your program for these blessed ten days???

Here are a few points, just to brief you with what you can do in order to help you program yourself for “these precious days”.

Above all we must first start doing a lot of taubah, because if we are unable to do any kind of ibadah it is because of our sins.

1. Remember Allah’s name upon your tongue often:

During these special 10 days, we are encouraged to dhikr frequently. According to one hadith by Abdullah ibn Umar, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“There are no days greater in the sight of Allah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (“La ilaaha ill-Allaah”), Takbeer (“Allahu Akbar”) and Tahmeed. (“Al-hamdu Lillaah”)”[Ahmed].

2. Fast during the first 9 days of Dhul-Hijjah; in particular, the ninth day:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to fast on the ninth of Dhu’l-Hijjah and related that fasting the ten days is the equivalent of fasting a year, and standing in prayer at night (for the ten nights) is the equivalent of standing on the night of Qadr [at-Tirmidhi].

Fasting is also a splendid way to increase your good deeds. Allah says:

“All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except for fasting, which is for Me, and I am the One Who will reward him for it” [Bukhari].

Fasting doesn’t require of you any extra time. In fact, when you fast, you actually provide yourself with more time, as you are not occupied preparing and eating meals.

3) Sacrifice.

One of the good deeds that will bring a person closer to Allaah during these ten days is offering a sacrifice, by choosing a high-quality animal and fattening it, spending money for the sake of Allaah.

>Don’t forget you’ll have a dua guaranteed to be accepted in the end of every fast….especially on yaum al arafah.

4.DHIKR

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to recite a lot of Tasbeeh (“Subhan-Allaah”), Tahmeed (“Al-hamdu Lillaah”) and Takbeer (“Allaahu akbar”) during this time. ‘
Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar (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 greater in the sight of Allaah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (“La ilaaha ill-Allaah”), Takbeer and Tahmeed.” (Reported by Ahmad, 7/224; Ahmad Shaakir stated that it is saheeh).

5)Takbeer

It is Sunnah to say Takbeer (“Allaahu akbar”), Tahmeed (“Al-hamdu Lillaah”), Tahleel (“La ilaha ill-Allaah”) and Tasbeeh (“Subhaan Allaah”) during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, and to say it loudly in the mosque, the home, the street and every place where it is permitted to remember Allaah and mention His name out loud, as an act of worship and as a proclamation of the greatness of Allaah, may He be exalted.

Men should recite these phrases out loud, and women should recite them quietly

Takbeer at this time is an aspect of the Sunnah that has been forgotten, especially during the early part of this period, so much so that one hardly ever hears Takbeer, except from a few people. This Takbeer should be pronounced loudly, in order to revive the Sunnahand as a reminder to the negligent. There is sound evidence that Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with them) used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. The idea behind reminding the people to recite Takbeer is that each one should recite it individually, not in unison, as there is no basis in Sharee’ah for doing this.

Make it like a habit to do dhikr when your idle

Send a lot of darood to Rasool <sallalahu alaihi wa sallam>

All kinds of dhikr will make your relation with Allah stronger

6) Dua & Astaghfar

One of the most important things to do during these ten days is to repent sincerely to Allaah and to give up all kinds of disobedience and sin. Repentance means coming back to Allaah and foregoing all the deeds, open and secret, that He dislikes, out of regret for what has passed, giving it up immediately and being determined never to return to it, but to adhere firmly to the Truth by doing what Allaah loves.

If a Muslim commits a sin, he must hasten to repent at once, without delay, firstly because he does not know when he will die, and secondly because one evil deed leads to another.

Repentance at special times is very important because in most cases people’s thoughts turn towards worship at these times, and they are keen to do good, which leads to them recognizing their sins and feeling regret for the past. Repentance is obligatory at all times, but when the Muslim combines sincere repentance with good deeds during the days of most virtue, this is a sign of success, in sha Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful.” [al-Qasas 28:67]

Also don’t forget to do ample dua for yourself, your family, your loved ones and of course for all the Muslims…for every Muslim that you do dua you’ll be reward. So just imagine the rewards!!!

Please do lots and lots of dua for the hujjaj!!!

Remember to do dua with humility(begging with tears) as it is more likely to be accepted…

7) Sajda-

Do you want to be closer to Allah? Do you really Love him? Do you really want to worship Him as though you’re seeing him? If yes then Allah <subhanahu wa taala> teaches us how we can get closer to him,

Allah <subhanahu wa taala> said “وَاسْجُدْ وَاقْتَرِب” –“do sujood and draw close to me”

The Prophet (PBUH) said the closest position which makes the person closest to Allah is “sujood”, so he ordered us to do lots of dua…in our sujood…

We need so many things from Allah <subhanahu wa taala> so where are our sujood?

Are we obeying the prophet?

Any sujood done without khushoo, without any dua just our head being on the ground and our mind somewhere else it is a great loss(khasara)!!.

Increase your different voluntary Salahs… (tahiyyatal wudhu, four rakaah before and after dhuhr,) if u feel u did any bad deed (Incase you backbite about somebody or something like that) pray two rakahs immediately and ask Allah for forgiveness.

If one night you get to know of a king distributing gold to everybody, You’ll find people standing and waiting in lines…Allah <subhanahu wa taala>is showeing His mercy on people these days…don’t you want to stand in these lines and get his mercy.(and to Allah belongs the best of examples)

8)Qiyam Al layl

– with these qiyam that we do, Allah will put light in our graves, in our face and Allah will forgive our sins, as much as you can…at the least 2 raka’as before fajr…it wont take even ½ an hour before fajr. (11 is Sunnah for those who can including witr)

Allah <subhanahu wa taala> sends his rahmah in these days and nights- “rahamat” – So are we expecting his rahmah by sitting in front of the TV, by browsing aimlessly websites which are useless and by ignoring these days and not being active in worship???” …

“lets not be among the losers”

9) Sadaqah-

>Doing a lot of sadaqah keeps the trials and tests away from you.

>Allah u alam! how many trials have been taken away from you just because of your sadaqah.

>If you love Allah, Spend from what u love to get Allah’s <subhanahu wa taala> love. Not only money it can be in any form, your clothes, your belongings, your food anything…

Make sure that you do not miss this important occasion, because time is passing quickly. Let us prepare ourselves by doing good deeds which will bring us rewards when we are most in need of it, for no matter how much reward we earn, we will find it is less than our needs; the time of departure is at hand, the journey is frightening, delusions are widespread, and the road is long, but Allaah is ever watchful, and to Him will we return and render account. As the Qur’aan says (interpretation of the meaning):

“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it,

And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.”

[al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

<<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 an 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.

((The Dunya distracts and preoccupies the heart and body, but Al-Zuhd (asceticism, not giving importance to worldly things) gives rest to the heart and body. Verily, Allah will ask us about the Halaal things we enjoyed, so what about the Haraam!)) Hasan Al-Basri

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