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The Middle Path

The Middle Path


Volume 5 Issue 2

The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: "There are no other days that are as great as these in the sight of Allah, the
Newsletter Date:
Monday 1st November Most Sublime. Nor are there any deeds more beloved to Allah then those that are done in these ten days. So increase in tahlil
2010 (to say la illaha illallah), takbir (to say Allahu Akbar) and tahmid (to say Alhamdulillah)."
24th Dhu al-Qa’dah [Reported by at-Tabarani in al-Mu'jum al-Kabir]
1431 Hijra
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THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF DHUL-HIJJAH
Indeed it is a great favour and blessing from Allah that He has made for His righteous servants periods of time within which they can increase in
good deeds to attain great rewards and one of these opportunistic periods is the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah (the final month of the Islamic
Calendar, in which the hajj is performed).

SUPERIORITY OF THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF DHUL-HIJJAH

The excellence of these ten days have been mentioned in the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

1. Allah says in the Qur’an: "By the dawn and by the ten nights … " [Qur’an 89:1-2]. Ibn Kathir said that "the ten nights" referred to here are the
ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, and this opinion was also held by Ibn Abbas, Ibn az-Zubair, Mujahid and others.
PEARLS OF
WISDOM: 2. The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: "There are no deeds as excellent as those done in these ten days." They (the companions
listening) said, "Not even Jihad?" He, peace be upon him, said, "No, not even Jihad except a man who goes forth endangering his life and wealth
Hajj: and does not return with anything." [Recorded by Bukhari]

3. Allah says: " … and remember the name of Allah in the appointed days." [Qur’an 2:203]. Ibn Abbas and Ibn Kathir said this means in the ten
'Amr ibn Al-'Aas days of Dhul-Hijjah.
narrates, "When
4. The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: "There are no other days that are as great as these in the sight of Allah, the Most Sublime.
Islam entered my
Nor are there any deeds more beloved to Allah then those that are done in these ten days. So increase in tahlil (to say la illaha illallah), takbir (to
heart, I went to the
say Allahu Akbar) and tahmid (to say Alhamdulillah)." [Reported by at-Tabarani in al-Mu'jum al-Kabir]
Messenger of Allah
and said, 'Give me 5. With regards to the noble companion Said bin Jubair, when the days of Dhul-Hijjah began he would strive to increase in good actions with
your hand so that I great intensity until he was unable to increase anymore. [Reported by ad-Darimi]
may pledge 6. Ibn Hajar says in Fath al-Bari: "The most apparent reason for the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah being distinguished in excellence is due to the
allegiance to you.' assembly of the greatest acts of worship in this period, i.e. salawat (prayers), siyam (fasting), sadaqah (charity) and the hajj (pilgrimage). In no
The Prophet spread other periods do these great deeds combine."
his hand, but I with-
drew mine. He said, WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDED ACTS IN THESE DAYS?
'What is wrong 1. The Prayer - It is highly recommended to perform the obligatory acts at their prescribed times (as early as possible) and to increase oneself in
'Amr?' I said, 'I want the supererogatory acts, for indeed, this is what brings a person closer to their Lord. The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said: "Upon
to make a condition.' you is to increase in your prostration to Allah, for verily you do not prostrate to Allah with even one prostration, except that He raises you in
'And what is that?' degrees and decreases your sins because of it." [Reported by Muslim]
he said. I said, 'That
2. Fasting - This has been mentioned as one of the acts of righteousness where Hanbada ibn Khalid reports on the authority of his wife who
Allah will forgive me.' reports that some of the wives of the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: The Prophet, peace be upon him, would fast on the ninth of
Then the Dhul-Hijjah, the day of Ashurah and three days in every month. [Recorded by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, an-Nisai and others]. Imam an-Nawawi said
Messenger of Allah that fasting in these ten days is extremely recommended.
said, 'Did you not
know that Islam 3. Saying Allahu Akbar; la ilaha illAllah and Alhamdulillah - It is found in the aforementioned narration of Ibn 'Umar: "So increase yourselves in
wipes out what came saying la illaha illAllah, Allahu Akbar and Alhamdulillah." Imam Bukhari, may Allah have mercy on him, said: "Ibn 'Umar and Abu Hurayrah, may
Allah be pleased with them both, used to go out to the markets in the ten days saying the takbir causing the people to follow them in this
before it, and that
action."
Hijrah wipes out
what came before it He also said: "Umar ibn al-Khattab used to say the takbir in his minaret in Mina, whereupon the people of the mosque hearing 'Umar, would
and that Hajj wipes start to say the takbir as would the people in the markets until the whole of Mina was locked in glorifying Allah."
out what came
Ibn 'Umar used to say the takbir in Mina during these ten days and after prayers, whilst on his bed, in his tent, in his gathering and whilst
before it!" walking. What is recommended is to say the takbir aloud due to the fact that 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, his son and Abu Hurayrah used to do
(Sahih Muslim) likewise, may Allah be pleased with them all. Strive with us O Muslims in reviving this sunnah that has become lost in these times and it was
almost forgotten, even amongst the people of righteousness and goodness all of which is unfortunately in opposition to what the best of
Abu Hurairah generations were upon (preserving and maintaining the supererogatory acts).
narrates: “I heard the
There are a number of ways of making takbir that have been narrated by the companions and their followers and from these ways is the
Prophet say, following:
“Whoever
performs Hajj and - Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar kabirun.
does not commit any - Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la ilaha illallah, wallahu Akbar, wallahu Akbar, wa lillahil hamd.
Rafath (obscenity) or
Fusooq - Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la ilaha illallah, wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahil hamd.
(transgression), he 4. Fasting on the day of 'Arafah - Fasting has been affirmed on the day of 'Arafah, where it has been confirmed from the Prophet, peace be
returns (free from upon him, that he said regarding fasting on the day of 'Arafah: "Be content with the fact that Allah will expiate for you your sins for the year
sin) as the day his before (the day of 'Arafah) and the year after (the day of 'Arafah)." [Reported by Muslim]. However, whoever is at 'Arafah as a pilgrim then
mother bore him” fasting is not expected of him, as the Prophet, peace be upon him, stopped at 'Arafah to eat.
(Sahih Bukhari)
May Allah make us steadfast in worshiping Allah by following the Quran and Sunnah of his Messenger - May the peace and blessings of Allah be
upon his Prophet, his pure family and all of his companions.
Indeed successful are the Indeed successful are the
believers who perform prayers believers who perform prayers
with complete devotion with complete devotion
23:1-2 23:1-2

PRAYER TIMETABLE
Dhu al-Qa’dah - Dhu al-Hijjah 1431 - November 2010

FAJR ZUHR ‘ASR MAGHRIB ‘ISHA


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NOVEMBER 2010
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Eid Ul-Adha
jamah 28 5th Fri 5.23 6.15 7.03 11.55 1.00 2.36 3.00 4.27 4.32 5.51 7.15

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contact Masjid for 2 8th Mon 5.29 6.15 7.08 11.55 1.00 2.32 3.00 4.22 4.27 5.47 7.15
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Ul-Adha)
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Hajj period)
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