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Virtue of the Days of At-Tashreeq - I

Remembrance of Allah The Almighty is one of the best and greatest acts of worship. Mu‘aath ibn Jabal, may Allaah be pleased with him, deemed it as the best act of worship ever, for he said,

No deed can save one from the Punishment of Allah better than the remembrance of Allah The Almighty” They said, ‘Not even fighting in the Way of Allah?’ He replied, ‘Not even fighting in the Way of Allah; except for a man who goes on fighting until he had his sword cut (for the Sake of Allah) because Allah The Almighty Says in His Book (what means): {…And the remembrance of Allah is greater...} [Quran 29:45] Hearts find life, comfort and tranquility in the remembrance of Allah for Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {…Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured….} [Quran 13:28]

Whoever remembers Allah The Almighty at all times, will have little regard for the worldly life and all that it contains. Thereafter, he will suffer nothing of this life for he always remembers its Creator and knows for certain that what He has for him is better and more lasting.

Whoever adheres to the remembrance of Allah The Almighty fears nothing, for the remembrance of Allah The Almighty instills bravery and courage in his heart and eliminates cowardice and hesitation. In fact, it is the secret behind the power of those who strive in the Way of Allah The Almighty when they defeat their enemies, even though they are fewer in number and less armed. It is the secret that drives scholars and reformists to enjoin good and forbid evil, and declare the truth without fearing the blame of any blamer. They are probably the ones who remember Allah The Almighty the most. They remember Him more than anyone else does.

Days of Remembering and Thanking:

The Days of At-Tashreeq are days of remembrance and showing gratitude to Allah The Almighty. Allah The Almighty must be remembered and thanked at all times, even more so in these blessed days. Nubayshah Al-Huthali narrated that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: "The Days of At-Tashreeq are days of eating, drinking and remembering Allah." [Muslim] In another narration reported by Imam Ahmad, the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: "Whoever observes fast (i.e., on the days of At-Tashreeq), should break his fast for they are days of eating and drinking." [Muslim]

They are the numbered days about which Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And remember Allah during [specific] numbered days….} [Quran 2:203] Furthermore, in the Hadeeth narrated by ‘Abdullah ibn Qurt, may Allaah be pleased with him, that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: "The greatest of days in the Sight of Allah are the Day of Sacrifice (10th of Thul-Hijjah) and the Day of stay at Mina (11th of Thul-Hijjah)." [Ahmad]

Since these are the last days of a blessed season as pilgrims complete the rituals of their Hajj at this time and others finish them by slaughtering sacrifices to draw them nearer to Allah The Almighty after the righteous deeds that they did in the ten days, it is recommended for the pilgrims and others to end this season with the remembrance of Allah The Almighty.

In fact, that is the common tradition that Allah The Almighty has enacted after finishing some acts of worship. As for remembering Allah The Almighty after finishing prayer, the Noble Quran mentions that Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And when you have completed the prayer, remember Allah standing, sitting, or [lying] on your sides….} [Quran 4:103]

Concerning the Friday prayer, He The Almighty Says (what means): {And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah, and remember Allah often that you may succeed.} [Quran 62:10]

Also, after performing Hajj, Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And when you have completed your rites, remember Allah like your [previous] remembrance of your fathers or with [much] greater remembrance….} [Quran 2:200]

It is necessary for the one who says remembrance of Allah The Almighty to think thoughtfully and perceive what he is saying, in turn, this will drive him to be more submissive and more affected by it, which will in turn lead to the reformation of his heart.

Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, “The best Thikr (i.e. remembrance of Allah The Almighty) is what the heart and the tongue share, and was reported from the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and considered attentively by the reciter.

Virtue of the Days of At-Tashreeq - II

Saturday 15/10/2011

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