The Days of Hajj

Salaam, I hope everyone is in the best of health and in the state of high iman. I am very pleased to announce that the blessed days of hajj are upon us. Good deeds done in this special time are the most beloved to Allah. Therefore we must take advantage of them by fasting, reciting quran, extra voluntary salah, etc. This is another grand time that Allah has blessed us with so that we can come closer to our Lord (swt). Ibn ‘Abbaas reported that the Prophet (saw) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah).” The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2/457). In another Hadith narrated by Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar, he reported that the Prophet (saw) said: “There are no days greater in the sight of Allaah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (”La ilaaha ill-Allaah”), Takbeer and Tahmeed.” (Reported by Ahmad, 7/224; Ahmad Shaakir stated that it is saheeh). Fasting on the day of Arafah is very much encourged by the Prophet (saw), It was reported from Abu Qutadah  that the Messenger of Allah (saw) was asked about fasting on the Day of Arafah. He said, ‘It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.’ Narrated by Muslim. Now we do not have an excuse. So if fasting the 10 days is hard, then at least we should take advantage of the day of Arafah. If we do not fast on the other days we still can recite Quran, do nawafil, etc.

Allah (swt) has sworn by these ten days, they have a lot of significance! We must read about their virtues and then follow up and act on what we have learned. May Allah help us to make the most of these wonderful days. All of the people who are going on Hajj, we ask you to keep us in your prayers. May Allah accept your Hajj and make it a means for you to enter Jannah. And May Allah give us the tawfeeq to make the Hajj. amen.

By the grace and tawfeeq of Allah (swt) I had the distinct honor of making the Hajj 2 years ago, and saying the least it was an amazing experience. I took some pictures when I was their, the video below is from my speechless journey. My camera was horrible, so some of the pictures are choppy and bad quality. So enjoy anyway. Keep me in your prayers, as I am in much need of them. The heart needs to beat…and so we stay alive. Salaam.

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