If you are reading this piece, you may be aware that there are five more days until Eid. But what you may not be aware of are the virtues of the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Dhul-Hijjah is an eventful month, but for more reasons than the pilgrimage of Hajj. Dhul-Hijjah is jam-packed with important dates and happenings in Islam. More than what the common person may be aware of. If you’re a college student right now, you’re probably sitting at home dreading the days until the semester starts. However, you might be wasting your precious time because you are unaware of what your Iman is missing out on.
Most people seem to hold Eid-Ul-Fitr, the Eid after Ramadan to be more important than Eid-ul-Adha. After an arduous month of fasting and spending sleepless nights doing Ibadah, we can finally eat during the day and enjoy time with our families. On the contrary, did you know that Eid-Ul-Adha is actually greater in the sight of Allah? This Eid is symbolic of the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). We often do not treat it with such importance because it doesn’t come after Ramadan–because it doesn’t come after the beloved “last ten nights”. However, it’s mind-blowing when you learn that Allah made these ten days to be of equal importance as the last ten nights. Think about your level of Iman and Ibadah during the last ten nights of Ramadan, where has that same desire gone today? Sadly, for a lot of us it has withered away as we fall back into the perils of our habits. But fear not, as it is not too late to capitalize on the time we have remaining. Here is a list of things you can do seize this week.
Realize the Importance
If it was not clear already, these ten days are of equal magnitude to the last ten nights. The righteous believer would train their minds to come back into that awesome “Ramadan mode” of Ibadah.
Sadly, many Muslims struggle to pick up the Quran after Ramadan. If you find yourself bored with nothing to do, pick up the Quran and start reading. The reward for it is too much for us to be neglecting it and allowing it to collect dust on our shelf.
Unfortunately, many people sleep through Fajr. What they may not be aware of is that praying Fajr, waiting around until the sun rises (Shuruk time, which is about 15 minutes after sunrise), and then praying two rakat Nafl prayer gives us the reward of Hajj and Umrah. Surely, Allah is too kind to us.
This is by far the BIGGEST blessing that Allah has given us in these ten days. The Day of Arafah, which is Thursday, August 31 2017, is one of magnanimous importance. Many scholars agree that the religion of Islam was perfected on this day. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) gave his last sermon on this day. On this day, Allah comes down to the lowest heaven and he brings his angels with him. He looks out at the field, which is like a sea of white with all the worshipers of every creed, color, and race are wearing the same garment, all crying out in worship. He looks at these worshipers and he brags to his angels saying, “look at my servants, how obedient they are.” With all this being said, if we fast on the Day of Arafah, Allah forgives all of our sins of the past year and the next year. To miss out on this opportunity would be extremely foolish.
May Allah grant all of us the ability to seize this week and worship him to the best of our ability.
By Azam Naqvi