The Islamic month of Thul Hijjah is here and it is now the 5th day mashallah. I meant to post this yesterday but the baby has gotten sick subhanallah and was up almost all of Thursday night, so I was mad tired yesterday. He was a little better in the morning but was coughing and sort of woozy all day.
I wanted to share some reminders that were shared to me by a few people, about the benefits of the first 10 days of this Islamic month. The first is about ‘Fasting during the first 9 days of Thul Hijjah’ and that is that it is a Sunnah.
A questioner asked Shaikh al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) the following question:
Question: Oh Shaikh, are there any authentic ahadith that mention fasting the first [nine] days of Dhul-Hijjah?
Answer by Shaikh al-‘Uthaimeen:
“Fasting the first [nine] of Dhul-Hijjah is from the righteous actions without doubt.
And the Prophet salallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam said, “There are not any days in which righteous actions are done that are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” They said, “Oh Messenger of Allaah, not even jihad in Allaah’s cause?” He said, “Not even jihad in Allaah’s cause, except for a man who left out with his self and his wealth, and he did not return with either.”
You can find the full post from the Salaf-us-Saalih website (it’s pretty short).
The second is the actions that are recommended to do during these ten days to get some benefit of the fact that these days are which the righteous actions are more beloved to Allah than any other. Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) was asked about these actions and they are:
- Reading Qur·aan, and making the various types of remembrance of Allaah:
- Takbeer (saying ‘Allaahu akbar‘, Allaah is the Greatest)
- Tahleel (saying ‘Laa ilaaha illaa Allaah‘, there is no deity that has the right to be worshipped except Allaah alone)
- Tahmeed (saying ‘Alhamdulillaah’, all praise is for Allaah)
- Tasbeeh (saying ‘SubhaanAllaah’ I declare Allaah free of all imperfections)
- Giving in charity, and
This also comes from a post from the site Saad Burbank, and goes into more detail about the first ten days of Thul Hijjah, as well as intending to sacrifice.
So let us all strive to do as much good as we can during the rest of this week, since Eid will be on Thursday inshallah.