The meritorious period of the month of Zilhaj


Today, June 7, is the first day of the holy month of Zilhaj. The moon of the holy month of Zilhaj was sighted in Saudi Arabia last night (June 6). Arabic is the last month of Zilhaj. The month of Zilhaj is a month full of virtues. This is the month of characteristics.

Regarding the virtues of the first decade of Zilhajj, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no day in which worship is dearer to Allah than the worship of the first decade of Zilhajj.” Fasting every day of the first decade of Zilhaj is equivalent to fasting one year. And the worship of every night is equal to the worship of Lailat al-Qadr (Tirmidhi).

On the authority of Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Abbas (R.A.), he said, Rasulullah (SAW) said, “There is no better deed in the sight of Allah than the deed of the first 10 days of the month of Zil-Hajj.” The Companions asked, O Messenger of Allah (PBUH)! Jihad in the way of Allah? Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Do not fight in the way of Allah.” But except that person, who participated in Jihad with everything he had and could not return with anything. (Bukhari)

What is available from various hadiths about the performance of the month of Zilhaj is that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “Whoever among you wants to sacrifice, let him not cut his hair and nails after seeing the moon of Zilhaj” (Ibn Majah).

Hazrat Abu Huraira (R.A.) narrates – Rasul Karim (S.A.W.) said, ‘The sins of the period between one Umrah and another (Saghira) are forgiven. And Jannah is the only reward for a righteous Hajj’ (Bukhari and Muslim).

Takbeer etc. should be recited more on these days. In this Hadith it is narrated from Hazrat Ibn Omar (R.A.) that the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said, “Therefore you recite more and more Tahlil (La ilaha illallah), Takbeer (Allahu Akbar) and Tahmid (Alhamdulillah) during these days” ( Ahmad in the Musnad). May Allah bless us all with the blessings of the month of Zilhaj. Amen

Author: Islamic thinker, essayist.

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