Some recipes are better than others (No, I did not flop anything recently. If 5days ago doesn’t count as recently); some children are better than others (*coughs* *hacking coughs* *more intense than hacking coughs* ME); some days are better than others (Of course not the day I was born. Are you trying to imply that I’m conceited?!).
Nabi (S.A.W) said: “On no days is the worship of Allah desired more than in the first ten days of Zul Hijjah. The fast of each of these days is equal to the fasts of a whole year, and the Ibadat of each of these nights is equal to the Ibadat of Laylatul-Qadr.”
The first ten days of Zul Hijjah. It has been deduced from the Ahadith that these 10 days (not nights) are better than even the last 10 days of Ramadan. And we tend to forget that. Because we’re distracted by the approach of Eidul Adha even though fasting and abundant Ibadat enhances said approach.
It’s like when your mum made biryani for lunch, and you’re so excited, that you forget to eat the caramel soji first. I mean, sure, you can skip it. But the soji builds up the appetite and taste of the biyani. So why would you just skip it? (Definitely wasn’t hungry while typing this out).
Allah gives us these opportunities to make up for any of our shortcomings. As a chance to redeem ourselves. And to be successful? We need to embrace these gifts. Use this time to draw closer to Allah, to attain Allah’s mercy and blessings, to ready ourselves for the day of Qiyaamat.
In no way am I underrating the fast on the day of Arafat, neither am I underrating the significance of that day.
Abu Qataadah Al-Ansari (R.A) narrates that Nabi (S.A.W) was asked about the fast on the day of Arafat (9th Zul Hijjah). He (S.A.W) said: “It compensates for the minor sins of the past year and the coming year.”
Rasoolullah (S.A.W) said: “The most accepted dua is that dua which is made on the day of Arafat, and the best dua, which the Prophets before me and I have made, is ‘There is no God but Allah, He is alone, He has no partner. To Him belongs all sovereignty and to Him belongs all praise. And He is All-Powerful.’ (Image attached).”
Muaz ibn Jabal (R.A) narrates that Nabi (S.A.W) said: “Jannah is Waajib for those who stay awake with the intention of making Ibadat on the following nights; 8th, 9th and 10th of Zul Hijjah, the night of Eidul Fitr and the night of the 15th of Sha’ban.”
It is related that Rasoolullah (S.A.W) said: “Whoever stays awake and makes Ibadat on the nights of Eidul Adhaa and Eidul Fitr, his heart will not die on the day when all the hearts will be dead.”
Note- 1st Zul Hijjah should be on Saturday for South Africa. I will confirm that in tomorrow’s post InshaAllah and oh, look at that; I have a reason to procrastinate because they’ll be looking for the moon after maghrib (duh).
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,