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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Get The Reward of Hajj Wherever You Are

Obviously, Hajj is one of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days.

However for those of us who were not invited to His House this year, there are still many, many good deeds that one can do and earn the Pleasure of Allah.

Some of these are:

1) Fast all nine days and especially fast the Day of ‘Arafah The Prophet said: “Anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.” (Bukhari, Muslim) Just imagine….. if you fast these nine days (fasting on Eid is haraam), how far your distance will be from hell! The Prophet used to fast on the ninth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah and he said: “Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah (ninth Dhul-hijjah) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and an expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year.” (Muslim)


3)Stand in Night Prayers: Remember the virtues of spending the night in prayer, and its sweetness in Ramadan?! Why not revive this beautiful act of worship during these nights as well?!

4)Make Sincere Repentance. One of the best and most important things to do during these ten days is to repent sincerely to Allah and to give up all kinds of disobedience and sin right away because we do not know when we will die, and also because one evil deed leads to another.

5) Come back to the Qur’aan It is time now to dust off your copy of the Qur’aan and return to its refuge.Make it a daily habit, using these 10 days the beginning of a strong and beautiful relationship with it.

6) Generally increase in doing ALL good deeds We should strive in doing more good deeds in general, because good deeds are beloved by Allah and will bring us closer to Him. So if we are not able to go to Hajj this year, we should occupy ourselves during these blessed days by worshipping Allah, praying extra prayers, reading Qur’aan, remembering Allah, sending Salaams on the Prophet , making dua, giving charity, honoring our parents, upholding ties of kinship, enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil, and other good deeds and acts of worship.


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