Episode 66: Islamic Holidays #11: Hajj Season
The Hajj pilgrimage is the largest communal devotional act Muslims preform. While it is the trip of a lifetime, the blessings surrounding it are not limited to those on the actual pilgrimage. This episodes highlights the importance of the first ten days of Dhul Hijja and offers advice on how we can maximize the great rewards laying in wait.
Hadith that the first ten days of Dhul Hijja are the best days for pious actions, narrated by Bukhari
Hadith that dua is accepted throughout the first ten days of Dhul HIjja, Abbu Musa al-‘Ashari
“Hajj is Arafa”, narrated by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, Nisā’ī, and Ibn Majah
Hadith on forgiveness of sins on the day of Arafa, Narrated by Muslim
Hadith that fasting day of ‘Arafa is the equivalent of fasting two years. narrated by Muslim.
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?
‘Abdallah Bin ‘Amr Bin ‘Āṣ said that he heard the Messenger of God (God bless him and give him peace) say, “There are forty acts, the best of which is giving food, if any are done seeking their reward and believing in their promise, God will grant them Paradise by this act.” (Bukhari). Shaykh ‘Abdullah Bin Siddīq al-Ghumārī (d. 1993) wrote a small book enumerating these forty acts and finding all the supporting hadith for them. I took the liberty of distilling this book in the following list, finding the appropriate modern English equivalent of the Prophetic expressions so as to make these acts easy to do and incorporate in our day-to-day life.MORE