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Making the Most of the Remaining Days of Dhul-Hajj- by Kiran Salim (QI-2016)

Reflections on Dhul Hajj

So folks, 4th day of Dhilhajjah has also passed. It seems like time is running and like every time it seems like I could do much better. The realization that we are pretty much left with four days was enough to get me into panic mode and (what comes as no surprise) into write yet another Reminder List.

First thing first: We need to bring to mind the reason of urgency.

 In al-Musnad it is narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (r.a) that the Prophet (saw) said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allaah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah), Takbeer (saying Allaahu akbar) and Tahmeed (saying al-hamdu Lillaah),”

 The Urgency is that the time of multiplying the deeds is here and is passing by quickly.  If we don’t make the most of the remaining time this also will pass , leaving us with many ‘I-wish-I-would –have-done-this/that’. In order to prevent that, a quick to-do list is here to avoid procrastination and get on the right track:

1.       Get your thoughts right:

Positivity is a big plus. We have a lot to be grateful rather than sulking for the lost time. We basically have to make most of what we have!

The quickest way to get Ajar: Intention. Get your thoughts right! Think before doing something, verbalize your intentionask questions and get to the core of your actual desire.

In addition to that any negativity that you might have about someone, anger or disappointment, it is the time to let go or if that’s too difficult, put it on hold! Time is passing and we cant waste time in thinking about what can not be changed. So Focus on what can be done.

2.       Fast, Faster!

If you have been fasting way to go, but if not then start now. Especially make a note to Fast on the day of Arafah.

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the Day of Arafa. He said, “It expiates the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” [Sahih Muslim]

Fasting serves as a full day package of hasanaats. From the time of the suhoor you basically sign up for the the hasanaat to roll, SubhanAllah. It is the best and fastest way to get yourself in control. Anything unwanted can be waived of by just two words “ana saim!” (I am fasting) What a blessing Subhan Allah!

Our appetite is monitored, our deeds are cautious. In addition to that Fasting prepares the base for the Quran to work on our hearts.

3.       Quran, the Ultimate Savior:

Keep this Handbook closer to you that ever in these Blessed days. Invest most of your time with this friend who will not forsake you ever.

4.       Salah, a whole package:

From the wudu to the adhkaar and the recitation of surahs, a salah that is performed well is a hefty piece of hasanaat. We can make it better by performing the wudu well, warming up by tahiyaat-al-wudu, working on praying at the earliest, trying  for quieter surroundings and reciting different surahs.

Try to pray Tahajjud and make the night prayer an intellectual meeting with Allah. Ponder on the beautiful verses of Quran and indulge in the one-on-one meeting with Your Creator.

5.       Dhikr Chunks:

The easiest and simplest way to score hasanaat is by doing Dhikr. We can identify specific time blocks and we can also do it while permorming the regular chores. Takbeer-e-Tashreek is a must in the list, beside that, one can do lots of Istaghfar, and general supplications.

 Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said: “The most correct saying concerning the Takbeer – that which the majority of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors), and the Scholars from the Companions and Imams were upon – is to begin making the Takbeer from Fajr (dawn) on the day of Arafat up until the last day of at-Tashreeq (the thirteenth of Dhul-Hijjah), after every Prayer.” [Majmoo al-Fatawa (24/220)]

Ibn Mas’ood (radiyallahu anhuma): “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La ilaha illa Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahil-Hamd.” [(Saheeh) Irwaa al-Ghaleel (650

 Ibn Abbas (radiyallahu anhuma): “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahil-Hamd; Allahu Akbar wa-ajal, Allahu akbaru ala mahadana.” [(saheeh) – Bayhaqee (3/315)

 Salman (radhi allahu anhu) : “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar kabeera.” [(saheeh) – Bayhaqee (3/316)]

“Increase in these days you Tahlil, Takbeer and Tamhid.” (Takbeer al-Mutlaq)

6.       Charity, simple and sweet:

Try and invest in different charity ventures. By this I don’t necessarily mean money, it can be volunteering somewhere, helping someone, cooking for the family, smiling etc. Try and leave a mark in each of the category for an all rounder effect.

7.       General Dealings, bring up the level:

This includes doing Sabr or standing up for the right, avoiding the unnecessary gossip which has heavy chances of going in the backbiting lane, spreading salaam or being fair.

This also can be done by lowering your gaze consciously, tone down the color of the hijab, limit the shopping/ mall visiting etc.

8. Avoid the Sin Pollution:

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Verily Allah has a sense of Ghayrah (honor, prestige and anger over it’s violation), and Allah’s sense of Ghayrah is provoked when a person does that which Allah has made prohibited.” [Saheeh Bukharee and Muslim]

This Hadith is a big reason to stay away from the forbidden, in these days and other!

9. Performing the Eid rituals well.

From the sacrifice to the Eid prayer, from serving the guests to making meat parcels, it should all be taken as a Ibadah and should be done with pure khuloos. After all, this day comes only once a year.

The point of this ‘urgent’ post is that let’s face it, IT IS URGENT.  We need to multi task and focus to come out a winner and this can only be done by pulling ourself and each other up.

So keep it up you guys, make the best of these blessed days,May Allah be with you !

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