With the emphasis on the actual rites and rituals of the pilgrimage, we often neglect the virtue and the blessings in these days. The ten most blessed days of the year.
While we adjust to the post-Ramadan lifestyle, a busy life and an abundance of distraction can easily deprive us of the other blessed guest. How bad a host we must be for failing to even acknowledge this guest.
I’ve always felt that Eid-Ul-Adha lacked the enthusiasm and zeal associated with Eid-Ul-Fitr and I believe this is closely linked to the manner in which we spend the days leading up to it.
We spend an entire month sacrificing, reforming, reflecting and reciting in Ramadan which leaves us with a true appreciation of the celebration of Eid-Ul-Fitr. We need to apply this to Dhul Hijjah and in particular these blessed 10 days so we can also earn the joy and blessings of the celebration of Eid-Ul-Adha. This is how I plan to spend these days In Sha Allah (God Willing):
- Reciting more Quran
- Reading and Reflecting on the meaning of the Quran
- Visiting the Musjid more often
- Optional prayers throughout the day/night
- Increased charity – with an emphasis on the current Refugee Crisis
- Reading and seeking Islamic Knowledge
- Increased Dhikr and the remembrance of Allah – particularly Tahleel, Takbeer and Tahmeed*
- Optional Fasting – at least fasting on the day of Arafah In Sha Allah.
- Hajj activities with the family**
- Teaching the kids about Hajj and the importance of Udhiya/Qurban
Think about how you spent the last ten nights of Ramadan… and do it again!
May we all benefit from the blessed days of Dhul Hijjah and may the efforts of those who are performing Hajj be accepted.
* Tahleel = La Ilaha Illallah, Takbeer = Allahu Akbar, Tahmeed = Alhamdulillah