Will You Start the Best 10 Days Right?
It’s been a couple months now and let’s be honest, we haven’t really been keeping up with the Ramadan worship routine we told ourselves we’d continue. Today’s the 1st Day of Dhul Hijjah and quite a few people we know are on their way to Hajj already. They’ll come back as pure as the day they were born. And we’ll have almost as an amazing opportunity as them if we use it wisely! The first 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah are our second chance to get back up on your A game. Spend these days fasting, (as was the sunnah, especially on the Day of Arafah), doing abundant dhikr and giving charity.
Giving Charity Abundantly
Doubling Your Rewards
As the rewards of doing good deeds during the days of Dhul Hijjah are amplified considerably, we should also give as much as we can in charity. Allah assured forgiveness of our sins if we give in charity and give to those in need. He tributes our charity and describes it as a “beautiful loan to Allah” to stress that we are doing something good that He loves, and that He, himself, will pay our loan back twofold:
“If ye loan to Allah a beautiful loan, He will double it to your (credit), and He will grant you Forgiveness: for Allah is Most Ready to appreciate (service), Most Forbearing.” [Surah At-Taghabun:17]
Suggestion: Keep some change or cash handy so that when an opportunity presents itself, you can give! If you don’t have the opportunity to give out money in public, go to www.icnarelief.org and commit to donating a fixed amount every day! If you don’t have money, remember that even a smile is considered charity – so go on your way and spread some joy!
The Meaning of Simple Assistance
Helping Our Neighbors
“Woe to those who pray, who are heedless of their prayer, who pray to be seen and withhold simple assistance.” – Surat Al-Ma’un 107:4-7
Ibn Kathir reported: Ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, explained the meaning of simple assistance by saying:
“They are the things people give each other, such as an axe, a pot, a bucket, and similar items.” – Source: Tafseer Ibn Kathir 107:7
Simple help for our neighbors is a great way to earn the pleasure of Allah, but to withhold such easy deeds is an act of extreme greediness and hypocrisy.
Rather, the Prophet (saw) told us that even half of a date in charity or a kind word might slant the scale in our favor on the Day of Resurrection. This shows we should never belittle any good deed no matter how small we might think it is.
Suggestion: Visit a homeless shelter or soup kitchen and donate some food items or even your time for the day. If that option doesn’t work for you, you can always go to www.icnarelief.org and commit to donating a fixed amount every day to the Hunger Prevention program! If you don’t have money, remember that even a kind word is considered charity!
Becoming the Best Version of You
The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said,
“Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the Scale of the believer than good manners. Allah dislikes one who utters foul or harsh language.” [At- Tirmidhi]
Our intention this Dhul Hijjah should become the best in character during these blessed days and nights and remain to do so for the remainder of the year. We must avoid arguing, swearing, backbiting, slandering or gossiping against one another.
Suggestion: Make an extra effort to be good to your friends, family, and neighbors, and particularly those of other faiths. Plan an inter-faith gathering. Invite your neighbors, friends, and family to a BBQ. Not only will this strengthen your relationships, it will strengthen your character as you move towards becoming the best version of you that you can be!
We ask Allah to guide us and ease us towards such deeds that are pleasing to Him and easy for us in this dunya.
Triumph comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.