As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,
All praise belongs to Allah who has permitted us to witness another Hajj season.
The month of Dhul-Hijjah has arrived and there are many special forms of worship for us to do.
“Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar, Allaah akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd.”
The takbeer of these blessed days of Dhu’l-Hijjah will be spreading throughout Muslim households until sunset on the last of the days of tashreeq. May Allah the Almighty find our lips moist with this sweet remembrance, and help us to repeat this takbeer often.
Alhamdulillah the Day of ‘Arafah on which Allah perfected His religion (Qur’an, 5:3), will coincide this year with Friday – just as it was during the time of our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, as remembered by ‘Umar ibn Khattab.
Fasting on this day is a confirmed Sunnah for those who do not perform Hajj, and will expiate for the sins of two years – the year gone by, and the year to come (Muslim). The peak of these days of Dhu’l-Hijjah is the Day of Sacrifice, the greatest day of the entire year and the greatest day of Hajj. (Tirmidhi)
Some of us were blessed with the opportunity to perform Hajj this year, while others may still be waiting for their opportunity. May Allah Almighty accept your Hajj, fast, deeds and prayers, and may He grant those who are yet to fulfill this pillar of Islam with the opportunity to do so.
As we prepare for the days of Eid, let us not forget the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. He used to eat after he had prayed Eid Salaah. Therefore, in contrast to Eid al Fitr, if it is possible, make your first meal your sacrificial meat.
May your days be filled with happiness, blessings, mercy, and the praise of Allah.
May Allah accept your fasts and sacrifice.
I would like to wish you all a very ‘Happy Eid’.
Dr. Bilal Philips
Founder and Chancellor
Islamic Online University