Labbaik Allah humma labbaik – Here I am O Lord!
With the blessed days of Dhul Hijjah upon us, we wanted to share some practical things you can do to maximise your reward during this time insha’Allah
Dhul Hijjah is the is the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar. It is a very sacred month in the Islamic calendar, one in which the Hajj takes place.
Allah SWT made the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah the BEST of days, while making the last 10 nights of Ramadan the best of nights. Therefore, we should aim to please Allah SWT more during this time than any other. Of all the acts of worship a believer can do, the best of acts are to perform the Qurbani and keep the fasts of Dhul Hijjah. It is recommended to fast the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah and especially on the Day of ‘Arafah – the day upon which Allah SWT perfected His religion:
The Prophet (SAW) said: “Fasting the day of `Arafah expiates the sins of two years: the past one and the coming one. And fasting the day of Ashura expiates the sins of the past year.”
One should also make extra effort to do as much dhikr as possible:
The Prophet (SAW) said: “There are no days that are greater before Allah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days, so recite a great deal of tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed during them.” [Ahmad]
· The Takbeer is Allahu akbar (Allah is Greater than all) ·
· The Tahmeed is Al-hamdu Lillah (All praise belongs to Allah) ·
· Tahleel: Laa ilaha ill-Allah (There is no God but Allah) ·
· Tasbeeh: Subhaan-Allah (Glory be to Allah) ·
The most common takbir is:
Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allah, Allahu akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd.
Allah is Greater Than All, Allah is Greater Than All, there is no god but Allah; Allah is Greater than everything and to Allah belongs all praise.
The day of Arafah is expected to be on Saturday 10th September 2016 and Eid-ul-Adha is expected to fall on Sunday 11th September 2016, subject to the sighting of the moon.