?How should we glorify the ten days of dil-Hijja
How should we glorify the ten days of dil-Hijja? / Mumammad Lahlal
How should we glorify the ten days of dil-Hijja?
By: Mumammad Lahlal
Throughout our lifetime, God, Exalted is He, has decreed seasons of devotions so that His servants seize the opportunity to increase their acts of worship and reap high rewards. The highest of all rewards is to achieve nearness to God and win His pleasure. The month of dil-Hijja is one of the most sacred which God commands His servants to highly revere and glorify. There are special days in this month by which God, the Almighty swore in the Quran, He says: “By the Daybreak, by the Ten Nights…” Muslim scholars agreed that the ten nights are the ten of dil-Hijja. In the famous authentic hadith narrated by Abdullah Ibn Abbas, God be pleased with him, the Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, says: “There are no better days in which God appreciates a believer’s good deeds than these days (meaning the ten of dil-Hijja)” because they have encompassed all acts of worship: prayer, fasting, charity, and Hajj (Pilgrimage). What are Muslims recommended to do in these sacred days?
Abundant remembrance of God
It is highly recommended we glorify God, the Almighty in these days to demonstrate our total submission to Him and our extreme need for His mercy. And this is the path of all Prophets and Messengers, peace be upon them, so we wish to inherit some of their light, we should permanently and routinely remember God, and in all circumstances, in joy and in hardship. The repetition in abundance of la Ilaha lla Lah (there is no god, but One God) as is mentioned in the Prophet Muhammad’s hadith renews faith in heart and raises you to higher stations of faith. and remembrance of God, the Almighty, is the core expression of one’s veracity and devotion to Him, that is why hypocrites as is mentioned in the Quran remember God, but very little. And in Sunnah we have several phrases of glorifying God as reported by the Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him.
It is also recommended we fast the days before the day of Eid al-Adha. The Prophet, May God grant him peace and blessings, says that he loves his deeds to be displayed to God while he is fasting. Fasting also features a Muslim’s humbleness and forbearance for the sake of God. Fasting reins in one’s ego and quells the self’s desires, to purify the heart and make it seek God’s pleasure, not the temporal worldly desire and passion.
Al-Hajj spiritual emulation
A few days before the day of al-Adha Eid, al-Hajj rituals gain momentum. Muslims performing al-hajj in Makkah and in the periphery, have to collectively follow a fixed schedule of rituals including the day of ‘Arafa mountain where everybody gather for invocation and supplication that the Lord of the worlds forgive His servants. For Muslims who have missed the performance of al-Hajj in Makkah, should try to emulate the performers and live their spiritual atmosphere as if they were present there. Many people who cannot perform al-Hajj for financial or health reasons can seize this opportunity to deeply and truthfully engage in this environment of spiritual journey to God, and God, the All-Giver, and Most Merciful can grant equal rewards to whom He wills.
In accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet, Ibrahim, peace be upon him, who was granted a sheep to slaughter as a reward for his compliance and full devotion to God’s command, a Muslim should buy a sheep and slaughter it and eat the meat and give some to the needy. The moral behind this ritual is to train the Muslim believer to sacrifice for the sake of God. In the Muslim community, we need to revive this meaning of sacrifice in its broader sense, without which we cannot rebuild the Umma, restore its dignity and strengthen its unity to have a say on world stage. Any effort expended in the rebuilding direction is a kind of sacrifice God, the Almighty is pleased with, His Messenger is pleased with, and all Muslim believers will reap the benefits. The prayer of al-Adha Eid also demonstrates how indispensable the collective Umma should come together to glorify God and work for the religion of God, otherwise our Islam remains shallow rituals without spirit and meaning, ineffective, unproductive and lagging behind.
As a conclusion, I should say that behind all rituals and devotions of Islam, Islam aims to attain two ultimate goals: one is to revive faith in hearts and refine and discipline the Umma’s character so that it truly reflects the exemplary model on the prophetic method, the second goal is to establish justice, equity and ensure prosperity and peace for all humanity.