We are currently in the Islamic Month of Thul Qi’dah – 1438
Praise be to Allaah Who has created Time and has made some times better than others,
some months and days and nights better than others, when rewards are multiplied many
times, as a mercy towards His slaves. This encourages them to do more righteous deeds
and makes them more eager to worship Him, so that the Muslim renews his efforts to
gain a greater share of reward, prepare himself for death and supply himself in readiness
for the Day of Judgement.
This season of worship brings many benefits, such as the opportunity to correct one’s
faults and make up for any shortcomings or anything that one might have missed. Every
one of these special occasions involves some kind of worship through which the slaves
may draw closer to Allaah, and some kind of blessing though which Allaah bestows
His favour and mercy upon whomsoever He will. The happy person is the one who makes
the most of these special months, days and hours and draws nearer to his Lord during
these times through acts of worship; he will most likely be touched by the blessing
of Allaah and will feel the joy of knowing that he is safe from the flames of Hell.
(Ibn Rajab, al-Lataa’if, p.8)
Among the special seasons of worship are the first ten days of Thu’l-Hijjah, which
Allaah has preferred over all the other days of the year. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah
be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more
beloved to Allaah than these ten days." The people asked, "Not even jihaad for the
sake of Allaah?" He said, "Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the
case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause,
and came back with nothing." (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2/457).