Dhull Hijjah is approaching us! Allahu akbar
By Imam Omar Hajaj
From the mercy and blessings of Allah (glory be to Him) is that He gives us blessed seasons after seasons and opportunities after opportunities, why? Because our lord is so Kind and loving, He wants to maximize our good deeds, forgive and pardon our sins and wants to raise our ranks with Him. We completed Ramadan, we fasted, we prayed Qiyam-al-layl and we recited Qur'an. We were seeking laylat al qadr in the last ten nights; searching eagerly for the powerful laylat al qadr, crying in our duas and making the most out of every moment in order to be from those who are the most close to Allah. Is it over? Alhamdulillah, it is not! Now we have another sacred month approaching us, now we have dhull hijjah! alhamdulillah, thhuma alhamdulillah!
These (first days of the month) ten days are the best days in the world.... Even better than the days of Ramadan!
Allah makes an oath using these days, and the most Great does not make an oath with something except that it is great too.
(وَٱلۡفَجۡرِ وَلَیَالٍ عَشۡرࣲ)
[سورة الفجر 1 - 2]
"By the dawn, and the ten nights."
Most scholars of Tafsir said Allah is speaking about the ten days of dhull hijjah.
Ibn Abbas (ra), narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, there are no better days to perform good deeds than the ten days of dhull hijjah.
This includes all types of good deeds from making Zhikr, reciting Qu'ran, salah, sadaqa, fasting and any other action that pleases Allah!
When these days approach, the Prophet (peace be upon him) advised us to:
فأكثِروا فيهنَّ مِن التَّهليلِ والتَّكبيرِ والتَّحميد
"So increase in saying la ilaha illa Allah, Allahu akbar and alhamdulillah." (Hadith Ibn Abbas)
This is a great chance for us to repent and return to Allah. This is a chance to forgive others and to work on purifying our hearts, souls and characters.
This is a chance to help those who are poor by performing the Udhiya/qurbani as a means of sadaqa and sacrifice to Allah- following the footsteps of our Prophet Ibrahim (as).
This is the day (Arafah), Allah completed His favours upon us and chose for us Al-Islam as our religion! These are the days to give thanks to Allah!
ٱلۡیَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِینَكُمۡ وَأَتۡمَمۡتُ عَلَیۡكُمۡ نِعۡمَتِی وَرَضِیتُ لَكُمُ ٱلۡإِسۡلَـٰمَ دِینࣰاۚ)
[سورة المائدة 3]
Glad tidings O brothers and sisters of Islam! Rejoice and take great advantage of these blessed days.
The first day of dhull hijjah is Wednesday 22nd. May Allah accept it from us all!