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A short and important history of Hajj


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« on: November 17, 2009, 11:49:50 pm »


Thanks br. ts.  This is a very well written piece which people should know.


The following are the extra worship we can perform during these 10 days.

Read the Qurn:

Read as much of the Noble Quran as you can each day.  If you can plan to complete it, nothing could be better.  Otherwise read as much as possible everyday.  However much you read, it's always a good idea to proceed according to a plan.  Don't forget, Allah is the most Merciful and the Kareem.  His Bounty is infinite which we can hardly fathom.  If we try to reach out to Him, He loves to reward us which is hundreds of times greater than our sacrifice for Him.  That's because He knows that the believers have Ikhlas.  Remember, the reading / recitations of the Glorious Quran must come from the heart.  Dont be like a machine.   But honor the rights of the Qurn when reading / reciting it.

Offer Nawfil Prayers:

In addition to the daily fard and sunnah rakahs, try to offer as many nafl rakahs as you can throughout the day.  

Ask yourself these questions and make sure that your heart gives you sincere answers:
Do you love Allah?
Do you have an aim?
Do you really want to be closer to Allh?
Do you live with this craving?

If, you want this, then know that Allh teaches you the means of gaining His qurb.  Allh says:  Fall prostrate and draw near to Allh! [Al-Alaq 96:19]  

Some recognized Nafl rakahs are:

-  Salt Dhuha - also known as al-Awwbeen, may be offered as 2, 4, 6 or 8 rakt, prayed after the sun has risen and before the time for Dhuhr.  It comes from the term Al-Awwb meaning one who is obedient, or one who turns to obedience.

-  4 rakahs before and another 4 rakahs after the regular Duhar prayers.

-  4 rakahs before the regular Asr prayers.

-  Salt at-Tawbah: It could be any bad deed, any sin, you hear something bad , you see something bad, you feel your heart constricted because of something you have done and you didnt mean it, etc, you can repent and express remorse immediately with your prayer of repentance. Perform wudh and offer two sincere rakt of repentance.  Ask Allh to forgive you. Make sure it comes from your heart.

-  And the well known Qiyam al-Leil prayer.  This is the middle of the night prayers in remembrance of Allah (The Most High).  For Qiyam al-Leil, one should offer at least 2 rakahs.  If one wants to worship more, one can offer as many rakahs as one likes.  Waking up in the middle of the night and remembering Allah and begging for His forgivness carries huge blessings at all times.  Especially during special times like Ramadan and Dhul Hajjah the importance of Qiyam al-Leil is considered to be greater.  That makes sense.

Offering extra Nafl prayer is an excellent way for making ourselves eligible for Allah's special mercy .. something which we all need, always.

Make lots of du:  We have a lot of needs from Allh.   One of the best times to make du'a is when we are in sajoud.  Prostration brings us very close to Allah.

We have to show Allh that we want His special mercy. We need to make ourselves eligible for it.

Make lots of Dhikr:

Do a lot of dhikr (zikr) especially during these 10 days.  Keep praising Allah by reciting verses of the Quran which you can remember.  Recite Ayat al-Kursi, Fatiha, Surah Ikhlas, Ayat al-Kerimah etc.  Recite the qalmas.  And say
Allhu Akbr, Allhu Akbr, l ilha ill-Allh, Wallhu Akbr. Walilhilhamd.  Keep doing your dhikr throughout the day, whenever you can, as much as possible.  Dhikr will make your relation with Allh stronger.  In addition to dhikr, also recite the durud several times a day.

Istighfr:

This is for begging forgiviness from Allah for our sins and violations.  Just say Astaghfirullh for yourself and for other believers.  It means "I seek the forgivness of Allah."  Make sure it comes from the heart.  You can also recite the full Astighfar - "Astaghfirullah-i-Rabbi min qulay zambiv Wa-toobu alay" meaning "I seek the forgivness of Allah, my Lord, for every sin and I return to Him."  If our Astaghfirullah is sincere, Allah might erase some of our sins, if He wills, InshAllah.  Begging His forgivness with sincerity cleanses us.

nor will He punish them while they seek (Allhs) forgiveness. [Al-Anfl 8:33]

Why seek you not the forgiveness of Allh, that you may receive mercy? [An-Naml 27:46]

Allh is telling us to make istighfr to gain His mercy. Let our istighfr ascend to Him so that we give ourselves a chance for His mercy to descend upon us, InshAllah.

Nafl Fasting:

Fast as much as you can during these blessed days. If you can fast all of these days, then do so.  Fasting is a good and pious act that keeps us from evil and cleanses our souls.  The 9th day of Hajj, that is, the day of Arafah, is the most popular day for fasting during these 10 days.

Charity:

Spending for the sake of Allh!
Only Allh knows how many trials & calamities have been pushed away from us, our family and loved ones as a result of our sadaqh. Allh knows how many times relief and ease has come to us due to the sadaqh we gave. Therefore, give in the way of Allh, as much as you can. Show Allh that you love Him by spending from that which you love. Show Allh [subhna wa tal] that all these things mean nothing besides gaining His acceptance.
Dont look and remind yourself of what you have already spent in the past. If Allh wills, He [subhna wa tal] has accepted and written it for you.  Spend from what you love and Allh will love you.

Last but not least, optional fast on the Day of Arafah can be very comforting for those not performing Hajj.

These are some of the wonderful things we can do during the forthcoming best days of Dhul-Hijjah.


Supplication:
O Allh, help me to remember You, to give You thanks, and to perform Your worship in the best manner.

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