22 December, 2006

The best days in the World

Friends, we have entered the month of Dhul Hijjah from today. The first ten days of this sacred month have a great signifcance in the life of a Muslim.
Narrated Ibn Abbas:

The Prophet peace be upon him said, "No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijja)." Then some companions of the Prophet said, "Not even Jihad?" He replied, "Not even Jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah's sake) and does not return with any of those things." Source
According to another hadith
Narrated Abu Hurayrah:

The Prophet peace be upon him said, "There are no days more loved to Allaah for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Dhul Hijja. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer salatul tahajjud (late-night prayer) during one of its nights is like performing the late night prayer on the night of power. [i.e., Lailatul Qadr]. Source
Yet another hadith
Narrated Ibn Umar:

The Prophet peace be upon him said: There is no day more honorable in Allaah's sight and no acts more beloved therein to Allaah than those in these ten days. So say tahlil (There is no deity worthy of worship but Allaah : Laa ilaaha illallaah), takbir (Allaah is the greatest : Allaahu Akbar) and tahmid (All praise is due to Allaah : alhumdulillaah) a lot [on those days]. Source
There is much to be gained, we should make the most of the opportunity afforded by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days. We should hasten to do good works, before death strikes, before one can regret one’s negligence and failure to act, before one is asked to return to a place where no prayers will be answered, before death intervenes between the hopeful one and the things he hopes for, before we are trapped with our deeds in the grave.

May Allah guide all of us to His right path.


gibbon said...

"the ten days of Dhul Hijja. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year.

Can this be used to compensate for not fasting in Ramadan?

How reliable are these Hadiths? By which I mean, if the Hadith says that the prophet said something, can that be taken as an absolute fact that the prophet did indeed say it?

Mme Cyn said...

'Scuse my ignornace, but why are these ten days especially sacred?

Anonymous said...

Can I take ten days off from work?

Fahad Al Mahmood said...

k you DG for this nice post .... I appreciate it very much :)

DG said...

Gibbon: There is a whole field of education devoted to the Science of Hadith. Each hadith is classified according to its strength after taking into consideration a number of factors. By the way, I have given links to the source with each hadith I quoted.

And no, these days do not compensate Ramadan. Fasting in Ramadan is compulsory while in other months it is voluntary.

mme cyn: These 10 days are sacred for a number of reasons, one of them being the ritual of Hajj. You can read more here.

Anon @ 15:19: Ask your boss :-)

Fahad Al Mahmood: Thanks for your encouraging comment. God bless you :-)

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

About hadith sources, in is a generally accepted rule that if the source is the "Sahih Bukhari" it is 99.999999999999999999999999999999999% corrent. often Al bukhari's book is called the "Most right book afer the Qur'an"

"Sahih Muslim" is also up there, say 99.888888888889%

There are some sources such as "Sahih al turmuthy" and others than are considered not as good.

If a hadisth is found in both Al Bukhari's and Muslim's books it is usually viewed as being 100% correct.

And as the poster stated, The hadisth (the 2nd branch of Islamic law sources) is a science in it's own right. This was just something I wanted to share since it was asked.

Skeptical said...

That's a rather curious use of the word "science".

A Blessing in Tragedy said...

Not anymore than Christian Theology being a "science."

kochumanavalan said...

Red herring alert! Red herring alert!

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