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Brothers and sisters
a few days away from the beginning of the month of the ledger.
is the month in which had just performed
it is also a month in which 10 days have been given a special status by Allah subhana wa tada
and this is from the mercy of Allah
He gives us times various times in the year seasons where good deeds are multiplied. This is from the grace of Allah subhanaw taala.
Otherwise, it would be perfectly just and perfectly reasonable to let all days be the same.
It is enough that we have to pray five times a day. And these are good deeds and there's benefit in it. It is enough that we have the month of Ramadan to fasting Zakah to be given every year has to be done yet, uh, last month, Allah has increased
the reward of prayers. In the last 10 nights of Ramadan. He was put a little other in those nights and increased its reward to 1000 months of prayer.
And among the seasons,
is the 10 days at the beginning of the ledger.
about these 10 days of the live bass quoted Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam is saying, there are no days in which righteous deeds done in them are more beloved to Allah than these days.
There are no days in which righteous deeds done in them are more beloved to Allah than these days, these 10 days of the ledger
when he said that,
the companions wanted to know,
does he mean it literally?
Or is it figuratively?
So they asked him, or messenger of a law, not even jihad in the path of law,
not even jihad in the path of law. And he said, No, not even jihad in the path of Allah
for a man who goes out for Jihad
loses both his soul and his wealth,
he has put himself forward is put his sole underline his life on the line.
And he has used his wealth to
provide the means to go ahead and take part in Jihad and he returns with neither he dies a martyr
that is the exception
because there is nothing greater than that.
So, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam did mean literally these are the best 10 days.
it would seem to contradict what we know of the last 10
So, which are the better? Which 10 are the better 10 the 10 of Ramadan, or the 10 of the hedger.
This is something scholars debated about but the general conclusion putting these statements together is that the 10 of Ramadan, their greatest benefit is when in the nights
Is the Knights of those 10
which has in it Nayla to other
for which there is nothing greater.
So with respect to the Knights, the last 10 of Ramadan, they are in fact the best.
But respect with respect to the day as a whole, the best are the last or the first 10 of the ledger.
So, it is incumbent on us
to take full benefit from them of the library Omar also narrated the process, lots of them said there aren't any days greater.
Nor any days in which deeds done in them are more beloved to Allah, the Most High in these 10 days of the ledger.
So, we should try to maximize the benefit that we can extract from these 10 days.
It's from the grace of Allah, it is an opportunity to make up for
deeds which we have not done properly
in the last days,
we can put these days are these days and the deeds done in these days according to some list of priority because of course, we have there are many possible deeds that we can do.
The best possible deed that we can do
in the last in these first 10
Umrah and Hajj, Hajj tamatoa.
as the offering.
So it is the greatest possible deed that we can do in these last 10. So those of us that are able to make Hajj, we should not put it off for any excuse as long as we have the means. As long as the law has made a way for us, then we should go and make Hajj
Don't delay it.
Of course, due to
the formalities of registering, etc visas etc for Hajj.
If you decided you wanted to do it now.
It wouldn't be possible, virtually. If you were in Saudi Arabia, then maybe you could sneak in.
that decision had to be made earlier.
But if we were negligent,
and we didn't make that decision earlier, then at least we ask a lot forgiveness and make the decision for the year to come we start to prepare ourselves, make the necessary planning put aside the necessary money whatever, and do not let the next Hajj escape us.
The second greatest deed that we can do in these 10 days
is fasting. That is the second greatest possibility Prophet Muhammad wa sallam.
When he was asked by Abu mama
more Navy Amylin knew the colonial agenda commanded me to do a deed which will put me in paradise.
The problem is I seldom responded la cabeza sohm for in who la Atlanta
fast, because there is nothing equivalent to it
fast, because there is nothing equal to it.
And Abu mama mentioned that he came back to the province or sell them another time and asked him the same question. And he said,
I like this car.
You should fast.
So that indicates fasting is a great good deed that we can do.
And this is something we spoke about before when we spoke about the festival.
Ramadan and the benefits etc. And the fact that fasting is not limited to Ramadan, Prophet Muhammad wa sallam gave us the six days after Ramadan and show well He fasted three days every month, the days of the full moon, He fasted every Monday and Thursday, and at different points in different days in the year he also fasted.
And among those days is the day of alpha.
With regard to the day of our father, the prophets I send them it said
that one who fails on that day
gets the reward of having his sins of the previous year, and the following year removed.
That is out of fasting on the day of alpha
Sins of the previous year, and the coming year, erased.
So that whole period,
all nine of the 10 days because the 10th day is aid, and we're not allowed to fast on aid. So, the first 90 days, which include the arafa ending on
the day of alpha, we should fast.
The third major good deed that we should perform we should do regularly during these 10 days
the remembrance of Allah
which is the goal of all the various acts of worship anyway.
But we should make a special effort to remember a law by
saying Allahu Akbar,
as far from officer Solomon said,
regarding these 10 days, he said, increase
tallien tech beer and meat in those days. tallien being La ilaha illAllah Muhammad being Alhamdulillah so saying to Alhamdulillah, Allah, Allah, Allah Allahu Akbar, saying that as many times as we can, in those 10 days, and
we should, of course when seeing them,
remember their meaning that we don't do it as a blind ritual,
just saying Allahu Akbar. But really
reflecting on what the LAO Akbar means, so that when we say Allahu Akbar,
it is actually a reminder for us, we're remembering a law and remembering a law of status with regard to ourselves, and remembering the law status with regards to all of the things that we tend to make Akbar
greater in our lives.
This is reducing them to their proper level.
And it was the practice amongst the students of the Sahaba scholars among them in these 10 days to say Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La ilaha illallah wa Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allah Allah Al Hamad, it was their practice to say this.
It is good to say it,
it is the way of the early generation,
but one may say Allahu Akbar,
in any of the other
combinations that we wish. Same thing with Laila law, there are other drugs which Rafah Salim gave us which had Lyle alloy in them, as well as Alhamdulillah. We can use any of them.
And it was their practice the early generations to raise their voices when saying it to these last 10 days. These first 10 days.
They will do it in the marketplaces. They will do it in their houses. They will do it in the streets. And in the mustards. Today we only do it in the mustards after the prayers. We do it specifically. And usually we end up doing it in congregation, which wasn't the practice of the early generation.
Everybody sitting in the masjid after the Salah after the five brailey daily prayers and
this, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allah, Allah and Allah and sing it together in unison, like a chorus. This was not the way of the early generation to do, people did it individually, was what happens when people do it together as a group, you tend to get caught up in the sing song aspect of it, and the meaning and what we're actually saying it for gets lost. So it defeats the very purpose. So it is better for one to say it oneself if one doesn't know what to say, then to repeat it after somebody else's okay. But just to take that as the norm. We wait until after the prayer, the Imam starts and everybody starts along with him. We do it three times, and then we get up and walk away.
This was not the way of the early generation.
So we should strive to
repeat the duck beer in Tallinn as much as we can, during this period.
The fourth important deed to do
in this these first 10 days is repentance Toba
Toba, about which Prophet Mohammed Solomon said,
all of Adam's descendants constantly make mistakes,
and the best of them, best of those who constantly make mistakes, or those who turn back to him constantly in repentance.
So this, these times become special times for repentance, reflection, looking at our various sins, and seeking a law's forgiveness for them.
reflecting on what we have done, not just saying a stop for the last time for the last for the law, but really thinking about what we have done so that when we say I stopped with the law, that is all law, forgive me. We really mean it. Because we're talking about something that is real, and not a general just forgive me.
No, we are specifying specific about what we're seeking forgiveness for. Because if the forgiveness the seeking of forgiveness, doesn't have sincerity behind it, then it is useless. It is just wasting our time
wasting our energies, producing no result.
The fifth major righteous need that we should strike strive to do in these first 10
our voluntary acts
The best of which, in terms of Salah is tahajjud, after the compulsory prayers, problems as Solomon said, the best prayer after the obligatory prayers is tahajud.
He has designated it the prayer before the morning prayer
before fudger comes in the last third of the night, getting up at that time, and praying to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
This requires effort on our part, we have to struggle with it. Because everything in ourselves in our environment encourages us to stay asleep.
So we have to struggle.
We have to strive to be able to do so. So at least in these 10 nights,
we strive to get up, get our families up and make tahajjud
also, other voluntary acts like charity,
reading the Koran
and in general commanding the good and prohibiting the evil wherever we see it.
These are all deeds that we should strive to do. Because these deeds which are other times outside of these 10
may be considered less than other
greater deeds in these last 10 they become superior to greater deeds done outside of the 10
because that's what the prophecy
Sallam said, with regards to it being the best day, days for deeds, even greater than jihad.
So he's saying job is great deed superior deed outside of these days is superior.
But in these days, it is inferior.
So we shouldn't allow this opportunity, which allows run to Allah has given us to run away from us. I asked the last one to Allah to help us to benefit from these times, this special time by fasting, remembering him by seeking repentance, and by doing as many good deeds as we can. I ask Allah to help us to establish these practices, not only for these first 10 but whenever this time comes around in the year, that we are
devotedly engaged in these kinds of deeds, a cola cola stock for lalibela commerce items among them for stock flow in the whole world over for him, ask Allah to forgive yourself and myself for all of our sins, and to turn to Him in repentance, because only he can forgive our sins
hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah
in the last 10 days, it is also recommended for us, those of us that are not going to make Hajj to slaughter an animal on the 10th.
Or if we're unable on the 11th, the 12th or the 13th. But this slaughter on the 10th is highly recommended by the prophet sallallahu wasallam. And it was his own practice to do so.
Allah is destined that we're not able to make Hajj.
So those of us that are here we can get something of that reward by making the sacrifice of an animal in commemoration of the act of Prophet Abraham, the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice what was most prized to him in this life, his son,
when we sacrifice that animal, we shouldn't do it as a ritual Qurbani. You know, it is just something automatically you do it.
You have a name for it, and everybody does it. No,
it is something that we should do. Knowing its meaning understanding why we're doing it.
Knowing that it is an expression of our willingness to sacrifice this world and the things of this world for the sake of Allah.
Do it with that spirit, and the reward is ours.
And for those who plan to make the slaughter, then
for those days up until the day of the slaughter, we should not cut our hair
or trim our nails like a person in Iran.
Those unhatched are not allowed in that state of Iran. To do these things, we also voluntarily give them up. This is the recommendation of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. Of course, in the case of a person in the harem, if he does these things deliberately, then he damages the value of his or her arm, he has to make some form of sacrifice as atonement for having broken
or lessen his state of Iran.
Whereas those of us at home were not fasting, I'm sorry, not making Hajj then. If we did so, this is not a bonus. Because not shaving, not clipping the nail. This is something highly recommended but not obligatory. If we did so there is no sin. We just lose. We lose out on the reward of having abstained and
the reward for having abstained is that of obeying the commands of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. To obey what he has recommended for us to do the reward that is in it
greatly manifest because think about it throughout the rest of the year. We Qatar here which Mr. fingernails
and there is no special reward for it.
Accept the basic reward of doing so because about ourselves said to do so, but in these 10 days, clipping our fingernails and not clipping our fingernails or not
trimming our here we get reward for it
is the opposite. Most of the rest of the year we don't trim and clip
we get rewarded for trimming and clipping.
This was the Sunnah of the prophet SAW Selim said it is a part of the fitrah that we trim our fingernails, we clip it here.
And this Ahava didn't use to let more than 40 days go without doing that that was like the maximum better every Juma as we prepare ourselves for Juma we clip our fingernails or every other Juma keep our fingernails shamar here etc.
We get rewarded for that. But in these 10 days, we're rewarded for not doing it, which is what we're doing most of the year. So
we are rewarded for not trimming our here and not clipping our fingernails. Why? Because Prophet Muhammad sallahu wa sallam has recommended that we don't do so to share in something of the reward of those making Hajj in a state of Iran. So we voluntarily enter into a state of Iran where we have made it not permissible for ourselves to trim our here and to clip our fingernails
in these 10
we have salata aid
on the 10th. So lots of aid is something that we should not take Lightly, lightly.
if they get up, they go there, if they make it on time, they think they can make it up afterwards and
there is no great effort go to sleep after fudge, you know, when we come back from Salatin fudger then we should be just preparing to go out to eat because the EAD is not that long after Salatin.
Furthermore, some people over sleeps a lot in fudger, and their focus is on the eat. This is another error. So they make sure they get out for aid but they miss a lot of budget
a lot and fudger this is obligatory on the highest level of obligatory so much so that the prophet SAW Selim had said that the Salatin fudger is the distinction between the believers and the hypocrites
that missing salata fudger is one of the signs of hypocrisy.
So we don't want to
take silicon fudgy lightly nor do we want to take salata lead lightly. So not only it is important, so much so that problems are seldom said that are women
who don't, who are who are in a state of mentors who are not praying normally, because of the state of Memphis, he said, bring them out anyway, let them
witness and share in the gathering.
Unfortunately, in some of our countries, some of our communities, we don't even let women who are not in a state of menses make it.
Unfortunately, today, we can find Muslim communities where it's only men who go out and make it whereas Prophet Muhammad wa sallam had commanded
even the women who didn't have proper, you know, hijab to cover themselves that they share it with other women and go and make the heat.
And normally we would never tell a woman who is not in her state of purity, to go to the masjid, to go for to attend the prayer not to pray, but even to attend sit in the masjid. No.
But prognosis lm said for me that we should command our women to go out for the lead. So it is a whole family affair, we bring everybody out.
And we should know that day is one of Thanksgiving.
So this is a general spirit of the 10th one of giving thanks to Allah. We should know that giving thanks to Allah has proper etiquette
that we don't go overboard, where we turn the day into a day of frivolity where we're just
In wild happiness running around, you know, going to all of the parks and just you know,
no, we should be remembering a law. thankfulness involves remembering allies, we give thanks, not to say we cannot enjoy, but we don't enjoy to the point where we forget a lot
where our celebration becomes one of pride and vanity,
showing off our wealth, showing off our status, these kinds of things,
where we have included in it, singing and dancing, you know, things which are forbidden.
Of course, there is some level of singing which is permissible, which is that which is not accompanied by musical instruments.
But what we're talking about is what is popular on those days where people are, you know, celebrating with the forbidden instruments in the forbidden music.
So, let us remember,
the 10th the aid,
that is remember it for what it is a day of giving thanks to a law
giving thanks to a law in a way
which should be a reflection of our faith,
giving thanks which is not limited only to that day, but strongly expressed on that day.
It is the beginning of our faith,
as a lot of tortoise in Swan Fatiha. Alhamdulillah here lillahi Rabbil alameen, this is the beginning.
He taught it in school Al Fatiha and it should be a primary practice in our lives.
I asked the last one to Allah
to blesses in these 10 that are coming
and especially on the day of aid, to make it a day which is pleasing to Him
to engage our family, in giving thanks to Allah and in worshipping him, as he deserves to be worshipped.
And to remember him throughout these 10
with Allahu Akbar Alhamdulillah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah in all of its varieties.
I asked the last one to Allah, to put in our hearts, the example of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
that we tried to emulate his way and these 10 days to come.
And from those 10 days, implement whatever we have gained in the rest of our year.
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