The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah have started, Alhamdulillah! Know what else is starting? Fasting!
I know, I know, the days are getting longer and the mornings colder, but we have to make our sacrifices. And believe me, it’s worth it. So maybe it’ll be hard the first and second day, but it’ll get easier with Allah’s help. This is a chance to increase our status in the eyes of Allah. Take it! Baby steps, yes?
Abu Hurairah (R.A) relates that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said, “There are no days more loved to Allah for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Dhul Hijja. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer Salatul Tahajjud (late-night prayer) during one of its nights is like performing the late night prayer on the night of power. [i.e., Lailatul Qadr].” [This is related by at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and al-Baihaqi]
One year! In exchange for one day! And all you have to do give up food for a couple of hours (bit harder than it sounds, I know). These offers don’t just come along every day, you know. Better snap it up while we can.
Increase your Ibadat. Ibn’Abbas reports that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said, “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these days [meaning the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah].” The companions asked, “O Messenger of Allah, not even jihad in the way of Allah?” He said, “Not even jihad, except for the man who puts his life and wealth in danger [for Allah’s sake] and returns with neither of them.” [This is related by the group except Muslim and an-Nasa’i].
Can you imagine? The best deed, as told by Nabi (S.A.W) is believing in Allah, and fighting for His cause. And yet, here we have an opportunity to earn a greater amount of rewards for any small good deed.
So, supress those hunger pangs (or try. Because that dying whale sound can’t be controlled). The good thing is, if your whole family is fasting, you’re guaranteed to still get to eat whatever it is you were feeling for. Then again, while you’re fasting, you end up feeling for everything and everything. And then end up eating barely any of those things because you’re already full after eating the first thing!
That’s not all. See the title of this post? Yeah, nobody really wants to hear me growl. And it isn’t personal. We don’t want to hear you growl either. Don’t allow the flames of anger to lick away your rewards. You can get your own with your younger brother some other day (your mum’s also fasting. You’ll just get into bigger trouble now anyways).
Zikr, Fasting, Ibadat, Salaah.. Things to be done in excess during these 10 days especially.
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,