The Start of Thul-Hijjah

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**  Friday, Oct. 28th  is the first day of Thul-Hijjah.

** The Day of Arafah will be Sat Nov. 5, and Eid is Sun Nov. 6.

“By the dawn * And by the ten nights…” [89:1-2]

The ten nights that Allah swears by in Surat al-Fajr are the first ten days of Thul-Hijjah… days, which the Prophet salla Allahu alayhi wasallam teaches us, are the best days of the world.

Remember your excitement during the last ten nights of Ramadan? Remember your levels of worship and your commitment to qiyaam and du’aa and reciting Qur’an? It’s time to revive those same sentiments for the season of Thul-Hijjah.

Read up below on how to make the most of these days, even if you’re not going for Hajj…

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The Best Days of the World

The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “There are no days in which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than during these days. The Sahaba said: Oh Rasul Allah, not even jihad in the path of Allah? He (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: Not even jihad in the path of Allah except for the man who goes out in the path of Allah with his life and his wealth and returns with neither of them” [Bukhari].

And he (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The best days of this world are these ten.[Read more about the virtues of these days, along with a suggested action plan]

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 Hajj is a Season, Too

It wasn’t so long ago when Ramadan came to us this year. Ramadan, that season of blessings, that season of du’aa and worship and nearness to Allah. The days are charged with excitement. Every day is a chance to earn reward, every day a chance to be forgiven. And when the last 10 days of Ramadan come around, those last 10 nights, we gear up even more, ready, anticipating, searching for the best night of our lives. And then, before we know it, Ramadan is over. And we wait again for the next yet, hoping and praying to be blessed with witnessing another Ramadan.  But for the Muslim, there are other seasons, as well. Hajj, is a season for all of us, not just those in Makkah embarking on the pilgrimage.  [Read more]

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Small Words, Big Reward

Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah! Refer to this list of simple words that come with a big reward, bi’ithnAllah. Some simple, easy phrases and words everyone can take advantage of.

Say them during these blessed days, when good deeds are most beloved to Allah.  Make every moment worth it. Here are some phrases to help you take advantage of your time, and to help you build your homes in Jannah,  insha’Allah… [Read more]

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Ramadan was a race towards good deeds for many of us. How many will race in this season, too… and how many will get left behind?

(What are your favorite resources on the virtues of Thul-Hijjah? Share them in a comment below!)

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