SHAFAQNA- During the Month of Dhul-Hijjah, there are many blessed opportunities to seek forgiveness, guidance and protection from Allah (SWT). Even when so many are held back from performing Hajj, these days are a mercy and a chance for us to draw closer to Allah through an abundance of worship, fasting and good deeds.
Dhul-Hijjah, which happens to be the final month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the eminent and great months of the year according to Islamic teachings. The first ten days of it, are very well known because of performing hajj rituals during this time. Eid Al-Adha, Eid Al-Ghadir, the Event of Mubahala and many other events have happened in this month.
It is been narrated in hadiths that the ten nights which God has sworn to them in Quran 89 are the ten nights of the first ten days of this month. Moreover, in Quran 22 (Sura Al-Hajj), verse 28, Allah has talked about the “Known Days” in which the faithful must remember Allah (SWT). One of the most prevalent interpretations for these glorified and great “Known Days” is the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja. The Prophet (PBUH) said,
“For Allah (SWT), there is no time purer and greater in reward than these ten days.”
It is within this period that Muslims around the world choose to embark on an annual pilgrimage to the Kabba in Mecca. The Month of Dhul-Hijjah is a blessed time in which we remember the various sacrifices and struggles of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S), Ismail (A.S) and Hajar (SA) – amongst many others – through the rites and rituals of Hajj and Qurbani, Muslimhands.org told.
So, in addition to the first ten days of this month which is called “Known Days” in the Quran, some other days of this month have been given special names in hadith such as Yawm Al-Tarwiya (the day of taking water) for the eighth, the Day of Arafa and Yawm Al-Mashhud (the day of witnessing) for the ninth, Eid Al-Adha or Yawm Al-Nahr (the day of sacrificing camels) for the tenth, Ayyam Ma’dudat (appointed days) and Ayyam Al-Tashriq (the days of shining) and Ayyam Mina (the days of Mina) for the eleveth to the thirteenth, Yawm Al-Qarr (the day of settlement) for the eleventh.
Yawm Al-Nafr and Yawm Al-Nafr al-Awwal (the day of first migration) for the twelfth, and Yawm Al-Nafr Al-Thani (the day of second migration) and Yawm Al-Sadar and Al-Hasaba for the thirteenth, Wiki Shia mentioned. As we enter the first 10 days of this blessed month, our hearts and prayers are with those undertaking the holy pilgrimage of Hajj during these days. While many of us are unable to make the blessed journey this year, there are still many ways for us to reap the blessings of this month, Islamic-relief.org noticed.
Here are some tips so we can all make the most of these blessed days:
Common Practices of the First Ten Days
- Tasbih (saying “Subhana-Allah” (exalted be Allah)), Tahmid (saying “Al-hamdu li-Lah” (the praise be to Allah (SWT))), Takbir (saying “Allah-o-Akbar” (Allah (SWT) is greater [than to be described]) and Tahlil (saying “La Ilah Illa-Lah” (there is no god except for Allah (SWT)).
- Fasting the first nine days.
- Vigil (Ihya’): according to hadiths fasting a day from this ten days is equal to fasting one year and Ihya’ of a night is equal to Ihya’ in the Night of Qadr .
Prayer of the First Ten Nights
This prayer consists of two Rak’as which are performed every night between Maghrib prayer and ‘Isha prayer . In each Rak’a Quran 1 (Sura Al-Hamd), Quran 112 (Sura Al-Tawhid), and 142nd verse of Quran 7 is recited:
And We made an appointment with Moses for thirty nights, and completed them with ten [more]; Thus the tryst of his Lord was completed in forty nights. And Moses said to Aaron, his brother, ‘Be my successor among my people, and set things right and do not follow the way of the agents of corruption.’ (Quran 7:142)
The tenth day is Eid Al-Adha.
- Eid prayer
- Reciting the 46th and 48th supplication of As-Sahifa As-Sajjadiyya
- Reciting the Al-Nudba Supplication
- Offer sacrifice
- Repeating following Takbir:
The eighteenth day of Dhu l-Hijja is Eid al-Ghadir
- Ziyarah of Imam Ali (AS)
- Performing two Rak’as of prayer, then prostrating and thanking God for one hundred times, after prostration reciting the supplication: O’ Allah, I ask You that praise be to You …
- Performing two Rak’as before noon, in each Rak’a Quran 1 (Sura Al-Hamd) and each of the Quran 112 (Sura Al-Ikhlas), Ayatul-Kursi (Quran 2:255) and Quran 97 (Sura Al- Qadr) ten times.
- Reciting the Al-Nudba supplication.
- Reciting a reported supplication of this day: O’ Allah, I ask You for the sake of Muhammad (PBUH), Your appointed Prophet, and Ali (AS), Your appointed Guardian …
- Saying the following phrase when meeting other Shia in order to thank God for being among the Shia of Imam Ali (A.S):
- Praise be to Allah, who blessed us to be among -those who cling and hold to the Wilaya of Amir Al-Mu’minin and all the Imams, peace be upon them.
- Repeating this Special Dhikr for one hundred times:
- Pact of Brotherhood between Shia.
Twenty fourth Day
Dhul-Hijja 24 is the day of Mubahala.
- Reciting the special supplication narrated from Imam Al-Sadiq (A.S) : O’ Allah (SWT), I ask You of Your Splendor
This is the day in which Sura Al-Insan was revealed.
- Giving charity and honoring the poor and orphans.
This is the last day of the lunar year.
- Performing two Rak’as of prayer: in each Rak’a Quran Sura Al-Hamd and each of the Quran Surahs (Sura Al-Ikhlas) and Ayat Al-Kursi (Quran 2:255) recited for ten times, and reciting a special supplication after finishing the prayer.