Written by Rabia Nishat

We are nearly approaching one of the most anticipated moments of the Islamic calendar. One so important that it’s considered one of the five pillars on which our faith rests firmly upon…Hajj. A time where equality and unity truly shine through as pilgrims all wear an ihram, which serves as a reminder of how we will return to our Lord. In light of such a special moment, we thought we’d post a blog for you all.

We’ve gone an extra step and managed to grab you all an exclusive interview with the CEO of Hajjsafe, A company that specialises in Umrah and Hajj necessities. We’ve also got some great advice from his wealth of experience so of course we’re sharing it with you all so keep an eye on the next blog we release!

 

The blessed days of our lives…

Often getting caught up with Eid prep (ehm, guilty!) we often neglect the beautiful chances Allah Almighty grants us during this month to erase our sins. We often see Ramadan as an opportunity to turn over a new leaf. However, Duh’l Hijjah is the chance to prove to Allah we’ve stood firm on our promises and left those bad habits in the past.

Between me and you, it sort of acts as a checkpoint, Allah wants to see if you’re doing okay, after all he is Al-Wadud (the most loving).

So, to reap the reward of the hereafter, here are a few key dates that will Insha’allah benefit us all.

 

1st of Dhu’l Hijjah to 10th Dhu’l Hijjah (inclusive)- with Arafah on the 9th

 

“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” The people asked , “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing.” – Sahih Al Bukhari

 

It is recommended to fast the first 9 days of Dhu’l Hijjah as the quote above substantiates the virtues of the first 10 days (10th being Eid with is prohibited to fast) are vast and Fasting is an act of worship which is only for Allah if he should accept it insha allah.

Fasting on the 9th day specifically has more virtue as this is the day of Arafah, a sunnah and is mustahhab for those that are not performing hajj.

So why so important? Well at dawn of this day,  pilgrims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafah and the Plain of Arafah. It was from this site that our beloved Muhammad PBUH gave his last powerful sermon in the final year of his life which shaped our religion.

The western part of the Mina Valley, outside Mecca, during the Hajj pilgrimage, circa 1887 – Al Sayyid Abd al Ghaffar / Library of Congress

Moreover, it is reported that the PBUH said the following about fasting on the day of Arafah:

 

“I ask Allah that it may expiate for (the sins of) the year that comes before it
and the year
that comes after it.”

 

Ramp up the Good Deeds!

So we already know the importance of the first 10 days of Dhu’l Hijjah therefore it’s pretty clear that increasing acts of worship and doing more good deeds are loved by Allah and will insha allah weigh heavy on your scales:

Read Qu’ran 

Allah has already given us so much ease in earning reward for reciting the qu’ran (we get reward for each letter!!! subhan’allah). Therefore let’s try and take it up a notch these 10 days and put more effort in to reap the rewards.

Tasbeeh, tahmeed, tahleel and takbeer

It is Sunnah to recite the following during the first ten 10 days, no matter how busy you are, there’s always a way to incorporate doing this in your day to day life. whether it’s walking on the streets to work or doing the house chores, we can all make the effort to recite these few words for such immense rewards.

Takbeer – Allahu Akbar
Tahmeed – Alhamdulillah
Tahleel – Laa ilaaha illalAllah 
Tasbeeh – SubhanAllah


Increase your Salah 

Tahajjud prayer: The most virtuous voluntary prayer is the Tahajjud prayer as it helps us get closer to Allah swt. We should pray this salah with sincerity and take long prostrations to ask for forgiveness.Try setting a goal to  pray Tahajjud every night for these 10 days .

Pray your Sunnah Rakat:

It’s a time to buckle up and go the extra mile so we should try and complete our salah including the the sunnah rakats
 
I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “A house will be built in Jannah for every Muslim who offers twelve Rak’ah of optional Salat
other than the obligatory Salat in a day and a night (to seek the Pleasure of Allah).”
Charity and Changes
 
It need not be £10 but the most importance is your intention so even a few pennies or whatever you can afford in these 10 days is a act of worship and sincerity for Allah. However by giving something to someone more needy should also make us think of our own lives and how much time we spend connecting with Allah?
 
These 10 days are almost given to us by Allah as if to save ourselves from the lows of the after effects of Ramadan. Therefore a chance to revisit those life changes we committed to making and getting back on track if not making new ones.
 
 

Know anyone blessed to go on Hajj?

No need to panic as always we have you covered, whether you need it next day (yup order by 11am and we’ll deliver it the next working day within the UK) or struggling to say Hajj Mubarak in a unique way! Check out our dedicated Hajj and Umrah suggested gifts here

 

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