The Best of Days: The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

The first Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah has arrived! Known as the best of days, these first ten days of this month of Dhul Hijjah, the month of Hajj, are days in which our good deeds and worship are multiplied many times over – a Mercy from the Most High, and an encouragement for each of us to do more acts of kindness, increase our worship, and do whatever we can to draw closer to our Lord. The significance of these days is emphasized by Allah’s oath in the Quran: “By the Dawn. By the ten nights” (i.e. of Dhul Hijjah). [Surah Al-Fajr: 1-2]. And the Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, “There are no days greater in the sight of Allah, and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days (of Dhul Hijjah).” [Ahmad].  There are also several other verses and hadith regarding the virtues of Dhul Hijjah, these are just two. How can we make the most of these ten days?   Prayer & Dua Pray your five daily prayers as on-time as you can. In addition, increase your duas and pray extra throughout the day and especially the last third of the night, seeking forgiveness and asking of His infinite bounty. If you are not yet praying the five farz (required) prayers, do your best to now start praying all five. Once you start praying all five, you will truly feel the wisdom behind this prescription from Allah and the immense benefit it brings to your heart and your connection with Him. “Upon you is to increase in your prostration to Allah, for... read more

Everything You Need to Know on Eid al Adha

When is Eid al Adha: As per the decision of Fiqh Council of North America, the exact date of Eid al Adha is contingent on the announcement by the Hajj authorities in Makkah. Therefore, we will know exactly when Eid al Adha is on or around Monday, September 14 which is expected to be the first day of dhul-hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar. As soon as the date is confirmed, we will share it with the community. Eid al Adha: Eid al Adha is a celebration of sacrifice and a demonstration of submission to God Almighty. This notion takes the form of ‘udhiya’ or ‘qurbani’ which is the blood sacrifice offered as a form of worship on the 10th, 11th or 12th of dhul-hijjah. Eid al Adha, which is on dhul-hijjah 10 is named for this very ritual. Eid al Adha is a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to offer the unparalleled sacrifice of his own son by the command of God. Thus, on Eid al Adha, we remind ourselves and others of the complete and unwavering submission to God as was shown by Prophet Ibrahim (as). On the virtue of the sacrifice, the Prophet (pbuh) has said: “The son of Adam does not perform any actions on the Day of Sacrifice which is more pleasing to God than offering the sacrifice. He will come on the Day of Resurrection with its hair, horns and hooves, and the blood certainly will reach a place near God before it falls on the ground. So, purify yourselves with it.” Sacrifice is recognized as a compulsory ritual in... read more

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