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Imam's Weekly 1 July 2022

This week Imam Shaheed talks about THE VIRTUES OF DHUL HIJJAH (Part 1)

الحمد لله، والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله، وبعد:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وَٱلۡفَجۡرِ . وَلَيَالٍ عَشۡرٍ . وَٱلشَّفۡعِ وَٱلۡوَتۡرِ . وَٱلَّيۡلِ إِذَا يَسۡرِ . هَلۡ فِى ذَٲلِكَ قَسَمٌ لِّذِى حِجۡرٍ .

By the dawn (al-Fajr), and the ten nights, (i.e. the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hîjjah), and the even and the odd, and the night when it passes! Is all this (not) sufficient oaths for the people of understanding. (Quran 89:1-5)

عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ: «مَا مِنْ أَيَّامٍ الْعَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ فِيهِنَّ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ هَذِهِ الْأَيَّامِ الْعَشَرَةِ» قَالُوا: يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ؟ قَالَ: «وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ إِلَّا رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ مِنْ ذَلِكَ بِشَيْءٍ»

Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "There are no days in which a good deed is more pleasing to God than these ten days." When asked whether even jihad in Allah's path was as pleasing, he replied, "Not even jihad in Allah’s path, except when a man goes out in person with his property and loses both life and property." (Al-Bukhari)

Allah (SWT) has blessed certain individuals and people, specific places, and certain times with special virtues and with His grace. (The annual Hajj is a beautiful example in which the sum total of all of these parts are celebrated: Prophets Ibraheem and Muhammad - peace be upon them, the most devout servant of Allah, the sanctified city of Makkah and its precincts, and this most sacred and virtuous time of the year.) According to the above mentioned verses of the Quran (aayaat) and the Hadith, ...

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