Invest in the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah
Allah Almighty swears in the Quran:
والفجر . وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ
By the dawn and the ten nights. (89:1-2)
In another verse, Allah Almighty says:
The months of Hajj are well known. (2:197)
Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) commented that these ten nights were the nights of Dhul Hijjah and the months of Hajj are Shawwal, Dhul Qidah and the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.
Dhul Hijjah is the end of the Islamic year. Its first ten days are the best days of the year and the last ten nights of Ramadan are the best nights of the year.
During the specified days, Allah Almight out of His wisdom and mercy has called on us to increase His glorification.
لِّيَشْهَدُوا مَنَافِعَ لَهُمْ وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ عَلَىٰ مَا رَزَقَهُم مِّن بَهِيمَةِ الْأَنْعَامِ ۖ فَكُلُوا مِنْهَا وَأَطْعِمُوا الْبَائِسَ الْفَقِيرَ
That they may witness the benefits for themselves, and celebrate the name of God during the specified days, for providing them with the animal livestock. So eat from it, and feed the unfortunate poor. (22:28)
وفي مسند الإمام أحمد عن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: “ما من أيام أعظم ولا أحب إليه العمل فيهن عند الله من هذه الأيام العشر، فأكثروا فيهن من التهليل والتكبير والتحميد”.
Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“There are no greater and beloved days during which the righteous action are so pleasing to Allah than these ten days (i.e., the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah), so increase in them your tahleel (la ilaha illallah) and takbeer (Allahu Akbar) and tahmeed (Alhamdulillah).” [Musnad Ahmad]
Invest in the akhirah during these precious days. Increase righteous deeds.
We should do our best to increase our righteous deeds. The Prophet (peace be on him) said that ‘actions are by intention’ so we have to keep renewing our intentions in these blessed days. Allah Almighty is offering us innumerable blessings
Of the righteous deeds, salah is top of the list. Therefore pray on time and aim to increase khushoo (focus and tranquility) in your prayers.
Fasting is also one of the best deeds you can do. The Prophet (peace be on him) used to fast for 9 days, as the 10th day is Eid. The 9th day of Dhul Hijjah is the Day of Arafah, and fasting on this day brings forgiveness of minor sins for two years.
Recite the tasbih, tahleel and istighfar and recitation of the Quran are also righteous deeds. It has been narrated that Abu Hurayrah and Ibn Umar used to go to the market during these days to do tasbih and tahleel in the market and the people in the whole market would resound with this incredible sound.
Qiyam al Layl is also on the top of the list. These nights are extra blessed.
Tawbah – We need to make sincere repentance for our sins, particularly any major sins. The Prophet (peace be on him) used to repeat istighfar 100 times a day.
Charity – give as much charity as you can. Let us not forget those who are struggling in our community and do what we can to help them.
Allah is granting us these days to reap massive rewards, so let’s take the incentive and benefit from this phenomenal investment opportunity.
We need to renew our covenant with Allah and this will be a new opening for us and our families. May Allah Almighty bless us and grant us goodness and
Shaykh Haytham Tamim Khutbah 1st July 2022
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