There isn’t divisiveness as in scholarly opinion regarding the last phase of the lunar month (Dhul-hijjah) being the periodic abode of the meritorious Hajj, Eid-ul-adha, and of course, its first ten days, regarded as the best of days. The span of these gallantly fruitful days dawns on us in a little bit and we pray Allah SWT enable us be partakers of the blessings therein, Aameen.
Hajj, as we know, is the 5th pillar that ascribes the solidness/firmness we all know of our religion today, to it and it’s an aspect of our deen which needs not be taken lightly, especially for those who are privileged to access the rare opportunity of its physical, financial, mental and spiritual involvement. The series of events embedded within the scope of Hajj are such that every part of one’s being must be in a ready state to munch on them and the spiritual benefit accrued to them are second to none. The realization of this bounty from our Lord should be a trigger that pushes us to utilize every opportunity – once they come – that places us on the permissibility of attending to the call of The Most High to His sacred abode, as we never know if we will be granted another in our lifetime.
Allah says, in Surah al Hajj 22:27, that: “And proclaim to men the Pilgrimage: they will come to thee on foot and on every lean camel, coming from every remote path”.
The chronology of events that led to this greatly rewarding cause are major affairs, amidst the number of life chapters, of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his son, Prophet Ismail (AS), in the course of their earthly sojourn. A deep reflection and comprehension on their life, the circumstances attached to the Hajj history and their relationship with Allah SWT are enough to spur us into acting on this great legacy of Hajj and the tapping on the virtues of its surrounding moments.
The first ten days of Dhul-hijjah, part of which the tenth comes as Eid-ul-adha, are no force to reckon with, in terms of the blessings attached to them, relative to other days of the year. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says “There isn’t a day in which good deeds are more beloved in Allah’s sight than the first ten days of Dhul-hijjah”. This poses a great call unto the Ummah to spare no effort in maximising efforts in good deeds – in order to be greatly rewarded – that are favoured by the Almighty, even in folds, within the mentioned period. Fasting, immersion of ourselves into tangible charity, spreading of good morals, supplications for our worldly and hereafter affairs, to mention a few, are just parts of the wide ocean of goodness that could be tapped from. May Allah not deprive us the ability to live within these moments – as well as the ones of subsequent years ahead – and be favoured with the blessings therein, Aameen.
Eid-ul-adha, from predictive calculation, is expected to fall on July 10th, which probably sets the span of the 1st ten days of Dhul-hijjah, 1443 between July 1st to July 10th. The 9th day, among these days, is the virtuous Yawmul ‘Arafah in which the Hajj pilgrims are expected to seal the main duty of Hajj, which is the mounting of the mountain Arafah. For those not in Hajj, it is a lovable act to fast on this day and ask Allah SWT for every requests, for no prayer observed on this day is uttered without an answer from the One with the sole ability of granting requests.
We supplicate that Allah makes easy our endeavours within and outside these virtuous days and plant in us a lifetime life of piousness and blessings, Aameen.
Assalaamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh.
Ismail Abogunde, Editor-in-Chief at The Muslim Voice, Nigeria. Contact: email@example.com
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