Virtuous Deeds During Zul Hijjah
• The Takbeeraat of Tashreeq
• Fasting on the day of Arafah(9 Zil Hijjah)
• Qurbani / Udhiyya
• Sunnats of the day of Eid-ul Adha
The Takbeeraat of Tashreeq
It is Wajib (incumbent) for every adult Muslim male to recite the Takbeeraat of Tashreeq after every Fardh Salaat-performed with Jamaat or individually from the Fajr of the 9th of Zul-Hijjah to the Asr of the 13th of Zul Hijjah. The Takbeeraat should be recited once only. The words are as follows:
اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ لآ إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْدُ
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar laa ilaha illallahu wallahu akbar. Allahu Akbar walillaahil hamd.
Translation: "Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest and all praises belong to Him Alone."
NB. Men should recite this Takbeer audibly whilst females should do so softly.
Fasting on the day of Arafah (9 Zil Hijjah)
It was reported from Abu Qutaadah that the Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of 'Arafah[9 Zil Hijjah]. He said,
"It atones for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year." (Hadith-Narrated by Muslim)
Qurbani / Udhiyya
Hazrat Zaid bin Arqam (R.A.) reports that the Companions of Rasulullah (Sallalaho alihe wassallam) asked him:
" Oh Prohpet of Allah (pbuh), what is this sacrifice?" He said: "It is the way of your forefather Ibrahim(AS) ." They asked:"What (reward) is for us therein?" He replied: "There is a reward for every hair (i.e. the reward for meat and useful parts of the animal's body will be very lofty in merit, but there will also be a great reward for the parts which are useless and thrown away such as the hair)." They asked: "For the wool, Ya Rasulullah?" He replied: "There is one reward for every strand of wool." (Hadith:Ahmed, Ibn Majah)
SUNNATS OF THE DAY OF EID-UL ADHA
• To rise as early as possible (in fact much of this night should be spent in Ibaadat ).
• To make Ghusl(Take a bath)
• To use the Miswaak
• To apply Itr (perfume)
• To wear one's best clothes, ensuring that it conforms with Sharih (sunnah dress)
• For Eid-ul-Adha is like Eid-ul-Fitr in every sense except for that in Eid-ul-Adha it is desirable not to eat anything before prayer, if you have eaten then there is no harm
• To go to the 'Eid Gah' (Place of Eid Prayer) as early as possible.
• To perform Eid Salaat on the 'Eid Gah' rather than the Masjid. There is no harm for aged and the sick to perform their Eid Salaat in the Masjid. Rain is also an excuse for performing Eid Salaat in the Masjid.
• To choose a separate route when returning from the Eid Gah.
• To walk to the Eid Gah. However, there is no harm in using any means of conveyance if the Eid Gah is a distance away.
• To recite the Takbeer[Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La illaha-iIllallahu, Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahilhamd] while walking to the Eid Gah.
• If we have the means than Qurbani(Udhiyya) should be done
Let us Celebrate the Day of Eid by caring for the weak and needy in our community, discharging our Qurbani and by upholding the Commandments of Allah Ta’ala and the Sunnah of our Beloved Nabi Muhammad(Peace be upon him)
This article was received by e-mail from "eislam" through Br. Anwar Saleem.