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The month of Dhul Hijjah is upon us!

According to the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, the first 10 days of this month are a special time for devotion. This applies to all Muslims, not just those who are partaking in the pilgrimage.

To help you get in the spirit of this blessed time, join Imam Tahir Anwar to learn the significance of Dhul Hijjah – an overlooked gem in the Islamic calendar. He will share beautiful stories from the Prophet’s ﷺ life and practical advice to prepare us for Dhul Hijjah.

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Sunday, July 3 | In-person in MCC Conference Room or watch virtually at https://mcceastbay.org/live

  • – 1st Dhul-Hijjah: Wednesday, June 29
    “Righteous deeds done in the first ten days of the month of Dhul Hijjah are more beloved to Allah than any other days.” (BUKHARI)
  • – Day of Arafah, Friday, July 8
    “Fasting on the Day of Arafah expiates for sins of the previous year and the coming year (MUSLIM)
Our Prophet (peace be upon him) highly recommended us to fast on the blessed Day of Arafat on Friday, July 8: https://mcceastbay.org/event/arafat-iftar-dinner
Abu Hafsah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet (SAW), upon whom be peace, said: “Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on ‘Ashura, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years.”

??  Make the Most of the Blessed Days of Dhul Hijjah 

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The Messenger (PBUH) of Allah said, “There are no days during which righteous action is so pleasing to Allah than these days (the first 10 days of Dhul HIjjah).” [Bukhari]
  • – Read Qur’an
  • Make Dua
  • Increase Nawaafil (voluntary) prayers
  • Fasting
  • Dhikr
  • Charity

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Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “There are no days during which the righteous action is so pleasing to Allah than these days (i.e., the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).” He was asked: “O Messenger of Allah, not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah?” He (PBUH) replied, “Not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah, except in case one goes forth with his life and his property and does not return with either of it.” [Al- Bukhari]

‘By the dawn; by the ten nights’

The Noble Qur’an (89:1-2)

Assalamu ‘Alaykum,

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are so virtuous that Allah (swt) swears by them in the Qur’an: “By the dawn; by the ten nights”. The Qur’an also reminds us: “Remember Allah during the appointed days.”

In the hadith, we find The Prophet ﷺ mention: “There are no days greater and more beloved to Allah than these ten days of Dhul Hijjah, so increase in them your declaration of the oneness of Allah (tahleel), your exaltation of him (takbeer), and your praise of Him (tahmeed).”

The scholars remind us to spend these sacred days by increasing in worship, specifically:

  1. Fast for the first 9 days, or at least on Day of ‘Arafah (9th of Dhul-Hijjah) — which is on Friday, July 8.
  2. Increase in your recitation of the Qur’an – at least Surah Yaseen after Fajr, Surah Waqi’ah & Mulk anytime after Maghrib.
  3. Increase in Sadaqah — aim to give a small amount every day.
  4. Increase in supererogatory (nawafil) prayers — maintain all your sunnah prayers & aim to wake for tahajjud.
  5. Increase in Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) — aim for 100X a day.
  6. Reach out to your relatives, forgive & forget the past.
  7. Significantly increase your Salawaat upon the Prophet (ﷺ) — aim for 100X a day.

Make Du’a and talk to Allah as much as you can.

JazakAllah Khayr
Imam Tahir Anwar