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1st Dhul Hijjah. Things to do while they're on Hajj

Tomorrow, the 7th Nov will be the 1st of Dhul-Hijjah, the Divine month of pilgrimage and sacrifice. Muslims at Makkah in preparation for the annual pilgrimage will begin getting ready for the days ahead with extra prayer, remembrance of Allah and increasing their focus on purifying their soul, instead of worldly worries.

Those Muslims who aren't performing this hajj this year will still want to connect with Allah and understand the spiritual 'high' the hajjis experience. So this is what you ought to follow through with:

In following a prophetic sunnah, say the following during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah,

Takbeer  "Allahu Akbar" (الله أكبر)
Tahmeed = "Al-hamdu Lillaah" (الحمد لله)
Tahleel = "La ilaha ill-Allah", (لاإله إلا الله) and
Tasbeeh = "Subhaan'Allah" (سبحان الله)

Say it loudly in the masjid, your home, the street when you're walking, and every place where it is permitted to remember Allah and mention His name out loud, as an act of worship and as a proclamation of the greatness of Allah subhanahu wa ta'la.

The Takbeer may include the words:

"Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, la ilaaha ill-Allaah; wa Allaahu akbar wa Lillaahi’l-hamd"
:: Allah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, there is no god but Allah; Allah is Most Great and to Allah be praise, as well as other phrases.

Men should recite these phrases out loud, and women should recite them quietly. Allah says: "[proclaim the hajj...] 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 Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice)..." (Qur'an, 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 Allah be pleased with him and his father): "The ‘appointed days’ are the first ten days (of Dhu’l-Hijjah)."

The saying of takbeer in congregation, i.e. everyone pronouncing the takbeer with one voice, is not permissible since this has not been transmitted (to us) from the early generations of the Sahabah and those who followed their ways. Verily, the Sunnah is for everyone to say the Takbeer individually.*

Download 6 variant takbeer and tahmid mp3 files to listen to during these amazing days. Courtesy of br. Dawud from Muslimology.wordpress.com, click {here}.

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1 comment:

  1. Jazak'Allahu Khairan for this invaluable information. Insha'allah, will put it into action. Of couse, I would assume this is something we should be encouraged to do throughout the year of course, though there is the added significance during this Blessed Month as pointed out.


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