1- The Month of Ramada:
Rewards are doubled in the month of Ramadan. The Messenger Mohammad (peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The best month comes to Muslims is Ramadan, and the worst month comes to hypocrites is Ramadan.” (Directed by Ahmad and corrected by the scholar Ahmad Shokery).
So, be sure to do in this great month, Ramadan, the best deeds such as prayer, charity, zakat and other good deeds. Thanks Allah for giving us this great month and make the acts of worship in it very easy.
Abu Hurairah reported, Allah's Messenger (peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) as saying: “When there comes the month of Ramadan, the gates of mercy are opened, and the gates of Hell are locked and the devils are chained.” (Reported by Sahih Muslim).
Umrah in Ramadan:
One of Allah’s bounties upon us is that Allah, the Almighty, made the rewards doubled and ‘Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj as the Messenger of Allah told Um Senan when she missed the Farewell Pilgrimage: “When Ramadan comes perform ‘Umrah, because ‘Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj.” Or he said: “Hajj with me.”
The Night of Al-Qadr:
The night of Al-Qadr is a great night because the rewards of worshiping in this night are better than the rewards of worshiping one thousand months, which is approximately eighty three years and four months. Allah, the Almighty said:
“Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is? The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).” (Surat Al-Qadr).
In addition, the Holy Quran has been sent down to the lower heavens and the future of everything for the next year is written in this night. Allah, the exalted, said:
“We sent it (this Quran) down on a blessed night in the month of Ramadan – the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship] Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments. (Surat Ad-Dukhan).
Moreover, Allah, the Almighty, specially blessed the Muslims with this night. Imam Malek said: I was informed that the ages of the nation of the Prophet Mohammad are shorter than the ages of the previous nations and for that Allah, the exalted, gave him the Holy night of Al-Qadr.
2- The Ten days of Thul-Hijja:
Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "There are no days during which the righteous action is so pleasing to Allah than these days (i.e., the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).'' He was asked: "O Messenger of Allah, not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah?'' He (peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) replied, "Not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah, except in case one goes forth with his life and his property and does not return with either of it.'' (Reported by Al-Bukhari).
To further emphasize the importance of the ten days of Thul-Hijja, Allah, the Exalted, swore on them as Allah say:
“By the dawn; By the ten nights (i.e. the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah), And by the even and the odd (of all the creations of Allah).” (Surat Al-Fajr).
The religious scholars said that the Even (Shafi-iy) means the ten days of Thul-Hijja. Therefore, make sure that you don’t miss these days of Thul-Hijja and perform as much as you can of good deeds such as reading the Holy Quran, giving charity, praying and fasting especially for the Muslims who live in Makkah and Madinah. Particularly, fasting the day of ‘Arafa and sacrificing in the Day of Slaughter because they are Sunnahs of the Prophet Mohammad (peace & blessings upon him) as mentioned above.
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