The Story Of Saba

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The Story Of Saba

لَقَدْ كَانَ لِسَبَإٍ فِي مَسْكَنِهِمْ آيَةٌ ۖ جَنَّتَانِ عَنْ يَمِينٍ وَشِمَالٍ ۖ كُلُوا مِنْ رِزْقِ

رَبِّكُمْ وَاشْكُرُوا لَهُ ۚ بَلْدَةٌ طَيِّبَةٌ وَرَبٌّ غَفُورٌ

There was for [the tribe of] Saba’ in their dwelling place a sign: two [fields of] gardens on the right and on the left. [They were told], “Eat from the provisions of your Lord and be grateful to Him. A good land [have you], and a forgiving Lord.”

-Sura Saba’, Ayah 15

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The name Saba’ pertains to the tribes inhabiting Yemen and Syria at that time, to whom Allah sent many prophets. The people of Saba’ were the kings of Yemen and Balqees, the wife of Sulaymaan, may Allah exalt his mention, was from them.

Allah sent messengers to them, instructing them to eat from what He had provided for them and show gratitude towards Him, as well as to worship Him alone and believe in His oneness.

They adhered to these instructions for a while, but then shunned His commandments, and were thus punished by a flood on their land from a dam they built themselves.

Many scholars mentioned that the Dam of Ma’rab was built to keep water behind two great mountains, and when the water rose, the people began to plant orchards and fruit trees and many kinds of vegetables.

People were living in happiness and abundance. Qatada and others said: “The woman (from among them) would go putting a basket on her head, and it would be filled with fresh, ripe fruits, and they said that the air they breathed was so clean and pure that neither flies, nor harmful germs were found in their land.”

“And (remember) when your Lord proclaimed: If you give thanks (by accepting Faith and worshipping none but Allah), I will give you more (of My Blessings); but if you are thankless (i.e. disbelievers), verily My punishment is indeed severe” (Ibrahim, 14:7).

Instead of continuing to be thankful, they turned away, shunned the commandments of Allah and dealt with His Grace arrogantly; they shunned monotheism and His worship, and refused to be thankful; they began worshipping the sun instead of Allah

“But they turned away [refusing], so We sent upon them the flood of the dam, and We replaced their two [fields of] gardens with gardens of bitter fruit, tamarisks and something of sparse lote trees. [By] that We repaid them because they disbelieved. And do We [thus] repay except the ungrateful?”

-Sura Saba’, Ayah 16-17

The bases of the dam became very weak and the dam collapsed and the water drowned everything. Their good fruit trees turned into bad ones. They were deprived of that great blessing and comprehensive grace; their land was destroyed and they themselves were scattered all over the globe.

Allah the All Mighty sends His severe punishment to only those who disbelieve in Him and belie His Messengers, disobey His Orders, and violate His Boundaries.

The Story of Saba’, as told in Surah Saba’ (34:15-19), is the story of how people invited devastation and destruction upon themselves when, after receiving abundance from Allah, they denied His Graces. As long as they were righteous and followed the Straight Path, they enjoyed happiness and ease. But when they replaced guidance with misguidance and worshipped other than Allah Almighty, Allah released a flood from the very dam that they themselves had constructed with great ingenuity. Thus those who escaped and survived were scattered all over the globe.

*The First Ten Days of Dhul-hujjah (2/2)*

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*The First Ten Days of Dhul-hujjah (2/2)*

Concerning the types of worship to be performed during these ten days: one must understand that these days are a great blessing from Allaah to His slave, which is appreciated properly by the actively righteous. It is the Muslim’s duty to appreciate this blessing and make the most of the opportunity, by devoting these ten days to paying more attention to striving hard in worship.

Among His blessings to His slaves, Allaah has given us many ways in which to do good and worship Him, so that the Muslim may be constantly active and consistent in his worship of his Lord.

Among the good deeds which the Muslim should strive to do during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah are:

✅ Fasting. It is Sunnah to fast on the ninth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) urged us to do good deeds during this time, and fasting is one of the best of deeds. Allaah has chosen fasting for Himself, as is stated in the hadeeth qudsi: “Allaah says: ‘All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except for fasting, which is for Me and I am the One Who will reward him for it.’” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 1805).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah. It was narrated from Hunaydah ibn Khaalid from his wife, that one of the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah and the day of ‘Ashoora’, and three days each month, the first Monday of the month and two Thursdays. Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 4/205 and by Abu Dawood; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood, 2/462.

✅ Takbeer. It is Sunnah to say Takbeer (“Allaahu akbar”), Tahmeed (“Al-hamdu Lillaah”), Tahleel (“La ilaha ill-Allaah”) and Tasbeeh (“Subhaan Allaah”) during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, and to say it loudly in the mosque, the home, the street and every place where it is permitted to remember Allaah and mention His name out loud, as an act of worship and as a proclamation of the greatness of Allaah, may He be exalted.

Men should recite these phrases out loud, and women should recite them quietly.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“That they might witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e., reward of Hajj in the Hereafter, and also some worldly gain from trade, etc.), and mention the name of Allaah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice)…” [al-Hajj 22:28]

The majority of scholars agree that the “appointed days” are the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because of the words of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father): “The ‘appointed days’ are the first ten days (of Dhu’l-Hijjah).”

The Takbeer may include the words “Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, la ilaaha ill-Allaah; wa Allaahu akbar wa Lillaahi’l-hamd (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, there is no god but Allaah; Allaah is Most Great and to Allaah be praise),” as well as other phrases.

Takbeer at this time is an aspect of the Sunnah that has been forgotten, especially during the early part of this period, so much so that one hardly ever hears Takbeer, except from a few people. This Takbeer should be pronounced loudly, in order to revive the Sunnah and as a reminder to the negligent. There is sound evidence that Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with them) used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. The idea behind reminding the people to recite Takbeer is that each one should recite it individually, not in unison, as there is no basis in Sharee’ah for doing this.

Reviving aspects of the Sunnah that have been virtually forgotten is a deed that will bring an immense reward, as is indicated by the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi, 7/443; this is a hasan hadeeth because of corroborating asaaneed).

✅ Performing Hajj and ‘Umrah. One of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days is to perform Hajj to the Sacred House of Allaah. The one whom Allaah helps to go on Hajj to His House and to perform all the rituals properly is included in the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “An accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than Paradise.”

Doing more good deeds in general, because good deeds are beloved by Allaah and will bring a great reward from Him. Whoever is not able to go to Hajj should occupy himself at this blessed time by worshipping Allaah, praying (salaat), reading Qur’an, remembering Allaah, making supplication (du’aa’), giving charity, honouring his parents, upholding the ties of kinship, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, and other good deeds and acts of worship.

✅ Sacrifice. One of the good deeds that will bring a person closer to Allaah during these ten days is offering a sacrifice, by choosing a high-quality animal and fattening it, spending money for the sake of Allaah. (more information to follow, in sha Allaah).

✅ Sincere repentance. One of the most important things to do during these ten days is to repent sincerely to Allaah and to give up all kinds of disobedience and sin. Repentance means coming back to Allaah and foregoing all the deeds, open and secret, that He dislikes, out of regret for what has passed, giving it up immediately and being determined never to return to it, but to adhere firmly to the Truth by doing what Allaah loves.

If a Muslim commits a sin, he must hasten to repent at once, without delay, firstly because he does not know when he will die, and secondly because one evil deed leads to another.

Repentance at special times is very important because in most cases people’s thoughts turn towards worship at these times, and they are keen to do good, which leads to them recognizing their sins and feeling regret for the past. Repentance is obligatory at all times, but when the Muslim combines sincere repentance with good deeds during the days of most virtue, this is a sign of success, in sha Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful.” [al-Qasas 28:67]

The Muslim should make sure that he does not miss any of these important occasion, because time is passing quickly. Let him prepare himself by doing good deeds which will bring him reward when he is most in need of it, for no matter how much reward he earns, he will find it is less than he needs; the time of departure is at hand, the journey is frightening, delusions are widespread, and the road is long, but Allaah is ever watchful, and to Him will we return and render account. As the Qur’aan says (interpretation of the meaning):

“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it,

And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.”

[al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

There is much to be gained, so make the most of the opportunity afforded by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days. Hasten to do good works, before death strikes, before one can regret one’s negligence and failure to act, before one is asked to return to a place where no prayers will be answered, before death intervenes between the hopeful one and the things he hopes for, before you are trapped with your deeds in the grave.

O you whose hard heart is as dark as the night, is it not time that your heart was filled with light and became soft? Expose yourself to the gentle breeze of your Lord’s mercy during these ten days, for Allaah will cause this breeze to touch whomever He wills, and whoever is touched by it will be happy on the Day of Judgement.

May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad and all his Family and Companions.

(Culled from islamqa)

#IbnTaymiyahGems

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#IbnTaymiyahGems

“The angels were created with intellect but no desires, the animals were created with desires but no intellect, and the human being was created with both intellect and desires. For this reason, whoever’s intellect conquers his desires is better than the angels, and whoever’s desires conquer his intellect then the animals are better than him.”

[Majmu’ al-Fatawa: 15/428, from the words of Abu Bakr ‘Abdul’Aziz and others]

Al-Qawwiyy

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Al-Qawwiyy

{99 Names of Allah Series}

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh.

Alhamdulillah we have reached another Friday as Muslims. I hope we are all in good health and Iman.

Al-Qawwiyy- The Strong

Qawiyy comes from the root qaaf-waw-yaa which points to three main meanings. The first meaning is to be strong or to have sufficient power. The second main meaning is to be robust, hardy, or sturdy, and the third is to prevail.

They disbelieved in the signs of Allah , so Allah seized them for their sins. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and severe in penalty. [Quran, 8:52] And sufficient was Allah for the believers in battle, and ever is Allah Powerful and Exalted in Might.[Quran,33:25]

Al-Qawiyy is the Ultimate in Strength; His attributes of strength never decrease and never have to be followed by a period of rest. Unlike the strength of human, where we our period of strength is preceded by weakness(childhood) and again followed by weakness (old age). And even during that our period of strength, we are exhaustible and we must rest.

The perfect strength of Al-Qawiyy is irresistible, and nothing and no one in the heavens and the earth can help but submit to it!

Al-Jabbaar, Al-Qahhaar, Al-‘Azeez, and Al-Qawiyy are all names of power, strength, and dominance. Allah’s name Al-Qawiyy is most often paired with His beautiful name Al-Azeez, The All-Mighty. Strength is not suited except to those who are honorable; Al-Qawiyy uses His Strength in the most honorable ways to show His perfect might. This combination is used in the context of Allah ‘azza wajal using His strength to support the believers against the tyrants and unjust while using His might to punish them.

Al-Qawiyy gave one angel the strength to overturn a whole city or uproot a mountain, and this angel and all others, despite their enormous strength, tremble out of awe and fear of His greatness. So what about us— which powers do we have? Even the thought of his strength, should make us tremble.

Al-Matin-The Firm, The breakable

In the Quran, Allah calls Himself firm:

“Indeed, it is Allah who is the [continual] Provider, the firm possessor of strength.” (Ad-Dhariyah:58)

Whatever plan anyone can have, cannot break Allah’s plans.

Beautifully, despite all His strength and might, He is the most gentle and subtle. The kindest and most loving.

Indeed there is none like Him.

Ya Qawwiyyu, Ya Matin, You love the strong believer, please make us strong and firm in our Iman and worship. Ameen

*Hadith 4 *

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*Hadith 4: creation in the womb*

Narrated: Abdullah bin Masud

The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, the most truthful, the most trusted, told us: “Verily the creation of any one of you takes place when he is assembled in his mother’s womb; for forty days he is as a drop of fluid, then it becomes a clot for a similar period. Thereafter, it is a lump looking like it has been chewed for a similar period. Then an angel is sent to him, who breathes the ruh (spirit) into him. This Angel is commanded to write Four decrees: that he writes down his provision (rizq), his life span, his deeds, and whether he will be among the wretched or the blessed. I swear by Allah – there is no God but He – one of you may perform the deeds of the people of Paradise till there is naught but an arm’s length between him and it, when that which has been written will outstrip him so that he performs the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire; one of you may perform the deeds of the people of the Hell Fire, till there is naught but an arm’s length between him and it, when that which has been written will overtake him so that he performs the deeds of the people of Paradise and enters therein.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

*Brief commentary*

The majority of the scholars have understood this hadith to mean that the fetus passes through three stages of nutfah, alaqah and mudhghah. Each stage takes forty days, for a total of one hundred and twenty days.

The alternate explanation of this hadith, which is more supported by other narrations from the Prophet (peace be upon him) and what seems to be “medical fact,” is that the entire three stages occur during the first forty some-odd days after conception. There is nothing explicit about when the rooh is breathed into the fetus. It definitely takes place at least forty days after conception.

The majority of the scholars, some say a consensus, state that it takes place after 120 days. Others say that it takes place after 130 days. This author has not ventured to make any conclusion on this point.

While a human is still a fetus, an angel records its provisions, life span, deeds and whether he will be happy or miserable. This is all part of the foreknowledge that Allah possesses about this creation.

The deeds a person is performing at the time of his death are the deeds that will determine whether he is from the people of Paradise or the people of Hell. One cannot rest on his past deeds and think he is going to Paradise. Instead, one must continue to struggle and toil for his most important behavior is his behavior at the time of his death.

A person may be performing the deeds of the people of Hell and, then, by Allah’s mercy, he is guided to perform the deeds of the people of Paradise. Therefore, he will be from the people of Paradise. Unfortunately, the opposite can also be true.

Such has already been recorded for each human while he was in the womb of his mother.

May Allah Grant us all a good ending.

Saudah Bint Zam’ah

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Oftentimes, when we speak of the Ummahatul Mu’mineen (Mothers of the Believers), we talk about powerhouses like Khadijah, ‘Aisha, Hafsa, Zaynab bint Jahsh (رضي الله عنهن) etc; about those who were outspoken and emerged as the leaders among women because of their powerful personalities. However, we sometimes tend to forget about those silent pillars that supported al-Habib ﷺ in every way possible and are just as inspiring as the prominent wives- often quietly working wonders in the background.

One such lady who became the support system of the Prophet ﷺ after the death of his first and beloved wife, Khadijah (رضي الله عنها), was Saudah bint Zam’ah. Her greatness of character was such that ‘Aisha (رضي الله عنها) is reported to have said, “I never saw a woman that was more beloved to me to emulate and be, than Saudah (رضي الله عنها).”

Saudah belonged to the tribe of Quraysh- more specifically, to the tribe of Banu Amar. She was married to her cousin Sakran bin Amar (رضي الله عنه). Physically, a well-known fact about Saudah is that she was very tall. We know of this from a very famous narration of ‘Aisha (رضي الله عنها) wherein the Prophet ﷺ once said that the first among the Mother of the Believers to meet him in Paradise would be she who had the longest arms. His wives all took this literally and started comparing their arms and found that Saudah had the longest arms. It was only later, upon the death of Zaynab bint Jahsh (رضي الله عنها), that they realized that she was the one who had the longest arms i.e. she spent a lot in the way of Allah.

Sakran (رضي الله عنه) accepted Islam in the first year of Prophethood, through the da’wah gatherings of Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) which led to his wife, Saudah, becoming a Muslim as well. Being among the earliest to accept Islam, they faced a lot of persecution and cruelty from the mushrikeen of Makkah due to which they were forced to migrate to Abyssinia in the 5th year of Prophethood along with the other Muslims. They were forced to migrate to a completely foreign land- one that did not share their language or their culture in any way whatsoever! The gravity of the situation perhaps cannot fully be appreciated by us, some 1400 years later. However, what we can observe is that early into their marriage, the young couple dealt with several trials that they braved like warriors- keeping the pleasure of Allah as their priority. When two people get married for the sake of Allah and face all the trials coming their way, Allah most definitely will bless their marriage with His barakah, mercy and love.

“Is the reward for good [anything] but good?” (Ar-Rahman, 60)

Eventually, they returned back to Makkah after having stayed away from it quite some time. But their return was marked by a tragedy- the death of Sakran bin Amar (رضي الله عنه). Saudah, being a new Muslim and a new mother bore this with great patience and faith, with the entire Muslim community supporting her with action, not merely lip service. This quality is something we should all cultivate in ourselves- being people of action, rather than words and following through with what we utter, rather than simply making empty promises. As Allah has said very explicitly in the Quran, making empty promises is not a trivial matter in the sight of Allah, but something that needs to be taken extremely serious.

“O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do? Great is hatred in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.” (As-Saf, 2-3)

It can be seen that Saudah’s life moved from one trial to another, from one fitnah to another, yet she bore all of them beautifully. Allah states in the Quran that the believers will be tested. And they will be tested again and again until they can be distinguished and purified from the non-believers.

“Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, “When is the help of Allah?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.” (Al-Baqarah, 214)

Around the time Saudah lost her husband, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ also lost his beloved wife Khadijah (رضي الله عنها). This period was a slump for the Prophet ﷺ as well, since he had not only lost his wife- the mother of his children- but had also lost his uncle and protector Abu Talib, and was faced with several problems and obstacles in spreading the message of Islam. However, none of the Prophet’s companions could suggest to him to take a second wife, in order to care for his daughters, because they saw the depth of love he had for Khadijah. Finally, Khawla bint Hakim (رضي الله عنها), visited him and suggested he remarry, and suggested Saudah bint Zam’ah. Once he agreed, Khawla took his proposal to Saudah’s father, who had not yet accepted Islam, who agreed as well, knowing fully well how noble a person the Prophet ﷺ was. The next thing he told Khawla to do was ask Saudah if she approved. Shocker, right? Sadly, even in this day and age, there are countless forced marriages occurring even among some educated families, and even more marriages whose foundation is emotional blackmail. The very concept of the daughter or son not having a free will or say in whether or not they want to spend their lives with someone is unislamic, and leans more towards cultural nuances.

Thus, Saudah was the second woman to join the select band of the Mothers of the Believers- some of the greatest women to have ever lived. The Prophet ﷺ lived alone with Saudah for quite a while, before ‘Aisha (رضي الله عنها) joined the household. In this period of time, several notable incidents took place like al-Israa’ wa-l Mi’raaj, the Pledges of Allegiance, the migration to Madinah etc. With her second migration to Madinah, Saudah was granted the distinction of being from among Ashaab ul Hijratayn (People of the Two Migrations).

When ‘Aisha joined the household of the Prophet ﷺ, Saudah became scared that the Prophet would divorce her (since she had become old, and ‘Aisha was younger and very pretty) and a settlement would be drawn. She came to the Prophet ﷺ and told him of her decision to give up her nights to ‘Aisha, because she feared a divorce and greatly desired to gain knowledge from the Prophet and to be raised with the other wives of the Prophet on the Day of Judgment. This gesture touched ‘Aisha deeply and they became closer to each other than ever. This fear of Saudah has been addressed by Allah in the Qur’an, interpreted as:

“And if a woman fears from her husband contempt or evasion, there is no sin upon them if they make terms of settlement between them – and settlement is best. And present in [human] souls is stinginess. But if you do good and fear Allah – then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.” (An-Nisa’, 128)

Saudah was also known for her sense of humor. According to a well-known narration, Hafsa and ‘Aisha used to often jest with her, and knowing her fear of the Dajjal, they scared her by telling that he had arrived. This terrified Saudah and she hid in a dark room. When the Prophet ﷺ entered and came to know the joke, he called her out by reassuring her that the Dajjal wasn’t around, and everyone had a good laugh. This incident effectively rules out all assumptions that those who are very religious don’t/can’t have a sense of humor, and the general assumption that Islamic people are “boring” to hang around with.

Saudah bint Zam’ah was known among scholars as being very strict and particular with regards to following the Book of Allah and His Rasool ﷺ. She was also extremely generous. During his rule, ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) gave her a bag full of money, which surprised her. She then proceeded to distribute all of the money to the poor and needy. She also has five authentic ahadith attributed to her according to Imam Dhahabi. Saudah, with her pure heart free from malice and evil, passed away during the rule of ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه).

May Allah grant us all the tawfiq to implement all the good we learn from these great women.

From: inkoffaith.com

The first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah (1/2)

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Days of virtue and righteous deeds

Praise be to Allaah Who has created Time and has made some times better than others, some months and days and nights better than others, when rewards are multiplied many times, as a mercy towards His slaves.

This encourages them to do more righteous deeds and makes them more eager to worship Him, so that the Muslim renews his efforts to gain a greater share of reward, prepare himself for death and supply himself in readiness for the Day of Judgement.

“This season of worship brings many benefits, such as the opportunity to correct one’s faults and make up for any shortcomings or anything that one might have missed. Every one of these special occasions involves some kind of worship through which the slaves may draw closer to Allaah, and some kind of blessing though which Allaah bestows His favour and mercy upon whomsoever He will. The happy person is the one who makes the most of these special months, days and hours and draws nearer to his Lord during these times through acts of worship; he will most likely be touched by the blessing of Allaah and will feel the joy of knowing that he is safe from the flames of Hell”. (Ibn Rajab, al-Lataa’if, p.8)

The Muslim must understand the value of his life, increase his worship of Allaah and persist in doing good deeds until the moment of death. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty.” [al-Hijr 15:99] The mufassireen (commentators) said: “‘The certainty’ means death.”

Among the special seasons of worship are the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, which Allaah has preferred over all the other days of the year.

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” 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).

These ten days include Yawm ‘Arafaah (the Day of ‘Arafaah), on which Allaah perfected His Religion. Fasting on this day will expiate for the sins of two years. These days also include Yawm al-Nahar (the Day of Sacrifice), the greatest day of the entire year and the greatest day of Hajj, which combines acts of worship in a way unlike any other day.

These texts and others indicate that these ten days are better than all the other days of the year, with no exceptions, not even the last ten days of Ramadaan. But the last ten nights of Ramadaan are better, because they include Laylat al-Qadr (“the Night of Power”), which is better than a thousand months. Thus the various reports may be reconciled. (See Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 5/412).

You should know sisters that the virtue of these ten days is based on many things:

Allaah swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “By the dawn; by the ten nights” [al-Fajr 89:1-2]. Ibn ‘Abbaas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujaahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah. Ibn Katheer said: “This is the correct opinion.” (Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 8/413)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) testified that these are the best days of this world, as we have already quoted above from saheeh ahaadeeth.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) encouraged people to do righteous deeds because of the virtue of this season for people throughout the world, and also because of the virtue of the place – for the Hujjaaj (pilgrims) to the Sacred House of Allaah.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to recite a lot ofTasbeeh (“Subhan-Allaah”), Tahmeed (“Al-hamdu Lillaah”) and Takbeer (“Allaahu akbar”) during this time….To be continued in shaa Allah