Yes, it’s Dhul Hijjah (at least for those of us who follow Saudia Arabia).
Tomorrow (Nov. 7th) is the first day of fasting (for those who wish to do so). Arafah will be on Monday, insha-Allah.
Insha-Allah, I’ll be taking a break from this blog for about two weeks.
Why? Because I seriously need to take advantage of these 10 days, that’s why.
My final bit of advice: Start increasing your ibaadah from NOW, and do what you can and just keep going on. Pretend that you’re the Energiser Bunny. Whatever works…
May Allah accept our deeds. Ameen.
[What is “takbeer”? It means saying Allahu Akbar i.e it means to magnify Allah.]
Before I link to the articles, let me a present a simplified explanation of this topic:
The first 13 days of Dhul Hijjah have certain virtues, as does the month itself.
The 8th of Dhul Hijjah is called the Day of Tarwiyah (the rites of Hajj begin on this day).
The 9th is the Day of Arafah.
The 10th is the Day of Eid or the Day of Nahr (Sacrifice).
The 11th-13th are known as the Days of Tashreeq.
So, one should do lots of takbeer (the format is mentioned below) during these 13 days.
When do you do the takbeer?
1. Any time.
Just do as much as you can. This is for all 13 days.
2. In addition to being able to do it at any time, you should also do it after the obligatory prayers (after the adhkar that is recited).
This is for the 9th-13th of Dhul Hijjah only, not for the first 8 days. [Also, this is for those who are not doing Hajj.]
A word of advice: The last 4 days are the days that everyone is celebrating Eid, visiting family, etc. It’s easy to forget which is precisely why we should make every effort possible to remember.
Here are a few articles that provide more information:
Yes, the best days of the year are about a week away.
Are we ready? Or are we going to let another opportunity slip through our hands?
We’ll be ready, insha-Allah.
So, here’s another lecture on the best days so we can continue to be motivated:
Merits of the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah by Mutasim Al-Hameedee (Download)
Here’s a lecture to help get you excited about The Best Days of The Year:
It’s true, you know.
Best Days of the Year = The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah.
And we’re still in Dhul Qaaidah.
[Oh, you thought that I meant something else? Sorry.]
So, what do we do? Well, how about if we start preparing for it? You know, so that we can squeeze these 10 days for all they are worth?
See, these 10 days are almost like a mini-Ramadan (talk about recovering Ramadan, huh?). The only reason that we don’t think that way is because they’re not as heavily advertised as Ramadan.
What’s the first thing to do? Well, we need to read about the virtues of these great days, of course.
Here’s a really nice treatise on this matter that discusses their virtues as well as the recommended deeds to be done during them (no, Hajj is not the only recommended deed that can be done in them):