the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah

…are almost upon us.

Y’know that letdown after Ramadan where you’re like, “I know I could have done more in those last ten nights….”? These first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah are like a second chance at a rare opportunity to earn more good deeds than normal.

I’m part of this online service called Ebates where online purchases earn you cash back. So buying from Wal-Mart.com thru the Ebates site will get you 3% cashback from what you spent. They have an “Ebates Daily Double” where the cashback value from one store is doubled. The other day Walmart.com was the daily double so I took advantage of that day to order my contact lenses from them. I got 6% of my purchase credited to my account.

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are like a divine “daily double” except the rewards are much more numerous. RasulAllah said:

“There are no days more loved to Allah for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Dhul Hijjah. 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]

I was completely unaware of this hadeeth until today, and it is so heartening to realize that I have another chance after possibly missing Lailat-ul-Qadr this past Ramadan. Fasting is one of the more difficult types of ‘ibaadah for me personally and so it is encouraging to know that I can get a year’s reward for fasting just one day in these ten days.

It bears repeating the opening words of the hadeeth just quoted that these are the best days of the whole year. Just as we strive hard to increase our worship in Ramadan, let’s also try to make some resolutions to raise our eeman and increase in ‘ibaadah in these blessed days.

Dhul-Hijjah will begin December 10th or 11th, depending on the moon sighting. 

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