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Virtues of Ashra-e-Awwal in Dhul-Hijjah (Performing Hajj, Qurbani, Fasting & Takbiraat)


Hope and pray that you all are in the best state of Emaan and Health. May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala bestow His endless mercy and forgiveness upon all of us for the sake of Beloved Rasoolullah (Sallulaho Alaihi Wasallam) and accept every bit of our efforts during the blessed month of Dhul-Hijjah and bless us the opportunity to continue our contemplation! Ameen

Heartiest greetings to all those blessed ones who are getting the opportunity to perform Hajj this year and prayers for rest of us to get this blessing very soon (Insha’Allah). Please remember to fast first nine days and perform Zikr abundantly. Please read follwing post in this regard and share with friends and family:

Please refer few books and videos for detailed information on the above subject matter:

Hajj Aor Umrah by Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri

Al-Minhaj us Sawwi – The Straight Road from Prophetic Traditions

Manasik e Hajj by Mufti Muhammad Akmal Qadri

Aashiqan e Rasool ka Hajj – Faizan of Ilyas Qadri and DawateIslami 

Please read this article for further details referenced from: IslamicCentre.Org

The month of Dhul-Hijjah is indeed a month of tremendous virtues and blessings. The First Ten Days of this month are especially significant and are among the most magnificent days in the Islamic calendar.

It is reported from Hadrat Ibn Abbas (Radi Allahu ta’ala anhu) that Sayyadina Rasulullah (Salla Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said: ” There is no day wherein any good action is more beloved to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) than these ten days (the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah)”. The Sahabah (Radi Allahu ta’ala anhum)  enquired: ” Not even Jihaad in the path of Allah ? “(i.e. are actions performed in these days more beloved than even the act of Jihad)”. ” Not even Jihad in the path of Allah,” replied Sayyadina Rasulullah (Salla Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam), ” with the exception of that person who left with his life and wealth (in the path of Allah) and did not return with any of it (i.e. he is martyred)”. (Bukhari, Tabrani)
It is also narrated from Hadrat Ibn Abbas (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu) that Sayyadina Rasulullah (Salla Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said: ” No days are as weighty with Allah and so liked by Him for good deeds than the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah “. Therefore in these days increasingly recite: “La ilaha illallah, Allahu Akbar, Al-Hamdu-lillah, Sub-hanallah.” (Tabrani)

Fasts in the First 10 Days
Hadrat Abu Huraira (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu) narrates that Sayyadina Rasulullah (Salla Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said: “There are no days more dearer to Allah, in which to perform His Ibadat, than the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. The fast of one of those days is equivalent to one year’s fasting; and the ibadat of one night during this period is equal to the ibadat of Laylat al-Qadr.”(Ibne Maja, Tirmidhi).

Other Acts to undertake in these days :

1. The best deed in these ten days is to perform Hajj and Umrah. According to the Hadith, “From one Umrah to the next Umrah there is atonement of sins in between, and for Hajj which is accomplished sincerely, the reward is nothing but Paradise.”

2. There is great virtue in fasting in these first nine days, or some of them, especially on the Day of Arafat. There is no doubt that fasting is one of the best deeds which Allah has chosen. It is related in by Qatadah (Radi Allahu anhu) that the Beloved Muhammad (Salla Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said, “Whoever fasts on the Day of Arafat, Allah may forgive his/her sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” Note: This does refer to major or intentional sins; only to those of omission or forgetfulness. (Sahih Muslim)

3. Takbir (saying Allahu Akbar) and dhikr (remembering Allah often) during these days is highly recommended. As Allah tells us, (Quran 2:203): “And remember Allah in days appointed.” which refers to these ten days. It is related by Hadrat Ibn Umar (Radi Allahu anhu), “Increase in these days, Takbir (saying Allahu Akbar), Tahleel (saying la ilaha ilallah) and Tahmeed (saying al-hamdulillah),” as already explained. (Ahmad)

In Sahih al-Bukhari, related by Hadrat Ibn Umar (Radi Allahu anhu) and Hadrat Abu Huraira (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu) that they used to walk in the markets glorifying and magnifying Allah. The people used to join them. They used to say in these ten days: ‘Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha ilallah, wa Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, wa lillah il-hamd.’ This takbir does not need to be collective, each person individually glorifies Allah alone, and as in all Dhikr and Dua, one may do whatever is easy for him/her.

4. One should make Taubah (sincere repentance) and avoid disobedience and the rest of sins. Disobedience is the reason for our being far removed from Allah. On the other hand, obedience is what brings us closer to Allah and is the way of earning the love of Allah. In the hadith related by Hadrat Abu Huraira (Radi Allahu Ta’ala anhu), Prophet Muhammad (Salla Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said, “Indeed Allah has dignity, and His dignity demands that man should not come to Him with deeds that may be forbidden.” (Agreed upon)

5. We should do as many voluntary good deeds (nawafil) e.g. Salaat, Saddaqa, recitation of the Qur’an al-kareem, feeding the poor, and the encouragement of good deeds and the prevention of bad deeds or evil within our society; These voluntary deeds are awarded twice the amount for those done in any other days.
6. Do in these days individual takbir, in all the events of the day and the night, till the Salaat-al-Eid, and collective takbir which is recited after every Prayer (Salaat) in congregation. It begins for non-Hajis, i.e.those not performing Haj, from Salaat-al Fajr on the Day of Arafat.

The 9th day of Dhul Hijjah The 9th day of Dhulhijjah is called ‘Yawmul – “Arafah’ (The Day of ‘Arafah). This is the date when the Hujjaj ( pilgrims) assemble on the plain of ‘Arafat, six miles away from Makkah al-Mukarramah, where they perform the most essential part of the prescribed duties of hajj, namely, the ‘Wuqoof of’Arafat (the stay in ‘Arafat)’.

The Fast of Yawmul ‘Arafah The fast of ‘Yawmul ‘Arafah’ has been emphasized by the Most Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) as a mustahabb (desirable) act. According to a Hadith, the fast of this day becomes a cause, hopefully so, of forgiveness for sins committed in one year.
Abu Qatadah (Radi Allahu anhu) reported that Sayyadina Rasullullah (Salla Allahu Ta’ala ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said: ” I have hope in Allah Ta’ala that the fast of Arafah will be an atonement for the sins of the past and the forthcoming year.” (Muslim & Tirmidhi)

Beginning from the Fajr of the 9th Dhulhijjah up to the ‘Asr prayer of the 13th, it is obligatory on each Muslim to recite the Takbir of Tashriq after every fard prayer in the following words.
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar,La Ilaha Illallahu, Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahilhamd.” (There is no god but Allah and Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest and to Allah belongs all praise.)
According to authentic Islamic sources, it is obligatory on each Muslim, to recite this Takbir after every fard Salaah. Whether one is performing salah with Jama’ah (collectively) or on one’s own (individually) makes no difference. One must recite the Takbir. However, male Muslims should recite it in a loud voice, while females should recite it in a low voice.

Additional helpful resources for continuity of contemplation for rest of the year (Insha’Allah):

The blessed month of Dhul-Hijjah is approaching us and Insha’Allah it should serve as a reminder to continue our struggle to please Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala until the last breath of our life. We as Muslims have our faith which requires a continuous commitment to our obligations of both Huqooq-ul-Allah and Huqooq-ul-Ebad.

If someone among us is participating in a Marathon and is not practicing to its needs then we all as true friends will push him to do what is needed for success. However, in the ‘Marathon of Life’ we all are in so we all need to remind and help each other to stay focused until we all win (Insha’Allah). In all our efforts our intentions should be to only gain the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala. We may have difference in quantity and quality of our efforts but if we keep ourselves united and focused we will Insha’Allah keep getting a push from someone going by on the track and we will all win (Insha’Allah). May the best of our thoughts reach to all friends and family who share part of our heart. Keep whole Ummah in your prayers.

1. Al-Quran (Urdu and English Translation)

For listening with Urdu translation click here

For reading with Urdu and English translation click here

To subscribe for daily email reading visit: http://www.mustaqeem.net/

2. Hidayat-ul-Ummah (Compilation of Quran, Ahadees and Traditions of Aslaf)

We all strive to gain understanding of any subject with references from Quran-e-Kareem and Sunnah of our Beloved Rasoolallah (Sallaho Alaihi Wasallam). In this regard please consider reading this great book (Hidayat-ul-Ummah) which is an excellent compilation of Quranic Verses, Ahadees and traditions of Quroon-e-Oula on various blessed subjects. To read and download click here: Hidayat-ul-Ummah

3. Zikr After Farz Prayers

Based on Fuyoozat-e-Muhamadiya_Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him (By Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri). Click here to download: Zikr After Farz Prayers

4. Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri’s Inspirational Speeches

Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri’s life long struggle to strengthen the connection of Ummah with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala and Beloved Rasoolullah (Sallulaho Alaihi Wasallam) is best captured in the speeches delivered during the annual MQI Itikaf. Please visit this link to listen highly inspirational and life changing speeches from 1991 onwards: Itikaf Speeches

For preview iVision4mm team highly recommends listening this one lecture: Fikr e Akhrat

A beautiful summary of best course of action: Abh Nahi To Kab Badlo Gey By Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri

Jazak’Allahu Khaira

Illuminating Vision for Moderate Muslims

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