Prayer Time

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One of the obligatory acts which become even more paramount in these days is true and sincere repentance. Repentance is obligatory at all times, and from all sins as Allah said: “And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.” However in this season, it is more paramount and more likely to be accepted and more likely to turn the sin of the servant in good because when a Muslim combine sincere repentance with good deeds in a virtuous season, that is an indication of success and guidance from Allah. The Quran says: “But as for one who had repented, believed, and done righteousness, it is promised by Allah that he will be among the successful.” Allah also says: “But indeed, I am the Perpetual Forgiver of whoever repents and believes and does righteousness and then continues in guidance.”

As for the Pilgrim, repentance is more obligatory upon him than any other person because it is condition for the acceptance of his pilgrimage and expiation of his sins. Likewise he must avoid immorality, show remorse for his past negligence, and be determined not to go back to sin after hajj. Allah said: “so whoever has made Hajj obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of ihram], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj.” In other words, whoever enters into the state of hajj it is obligatory upon him to abstain from sexual intercourse, disobedience and disputes which are of no benefit. Sexual intercourse as mentioned in the verse includes the real act and everything that leads to it whether actions or words and it is among the prohibitions of Ihram. Whoever abstains from sins during his hajj while he is determined to go back to them after hajj then he has not repented sincerely. His repentance is that of liars and is a form of wishful thinking and Allah said: “Paradise is not [obtained] by your wishful thinking nor by that of the People of the Scripture. Whoever does a wrong will be recompensed for it”

There are three virtues that accrue to a pilgrim which does not accrue to others. These are: virtues of the season, place and condition. This is because he is in the period of the first ten days of zul-hijja which are the best days of the year, and in the purest place on the surface of the earth where one salat is multiplied by hundred thousand in reward, and in the best condition which is hajj which has no reward except paradise. Thus, this should prompt him to repent and take advantage of these virtues to get closer to Allah.

One of the things encouraged during these days is fasting on the ninth day of zul-hijja as practiced by the Prophet. Hafsa-may Allah be pleased with her-narrated that “the Prophet used to fast on the ninth day of zul-hijja and the day of Ashoora, and three days in every month” reported by Abu Dawud and Ahmad and authenticated by Albany. The Prophet also encouraged people to do righteous deed during these days and fasting is one of the most virtuous deeds as the Prophet narrated that Allah said: “every act of the son of Adam is for him except fasting which is for me and I will reward him for it” reported by Bukhari and Muslim. They also reported that the Prophet said: “whoever fast for in the day in the course of Allah, He will distant his face from the hell fire for seventy years” how great is the reward of Allah! What about a person who fast on the nine days of ul-hijja which are days that have additional virtue and honour.

If you are unable to fast nine days, try to fast three days of it either from its beginning, middle or ending, separately or consecutively because fasting three days of every month is a sunnah. So, if you do not observe it in other months, do not leave it in this virtuous month especially in the first ten days of zul-hijja. If you are unable then do not miss out fasting on the day of Arafat because the Prophet said: “I hoping that Allah will use it to wipe the sins of the previous year and the following year.” Reported by Muslim.

This is recommended for one not performing hajj but as for the pilgrim, it is not recommended because the Prophet did not fast on the day of Arafat during his hajj. In fact it is narrated that he prohibited it so that the pilgrim can be strong to make supplications on that day.

The greatest thing to do during these days is zikr of all kinds such as tasbeeh, takbeer, istigfaar, reading the quran and so on because Allah says: “and mention the name of Allah on known days” and because of the saying of the Prophet: “ so make a lot of tahleel. Takbeer, and tahmeed in it” reported by Ahmad with authentic chain of narrators.




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