x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Friday Sermon: First days of Dhu Al Hijja carry great rewards

First 10 days of coming hijri month of Dhu Al Hijja carry great rewards, this week's sermon reminds worshippers.

Good acts during the first 10 days of the coming Hijri month of Dhu Al Hijja are greatly rewarded, this week’s sermon reminds worshippers.

“Allah took the oath on these days to highlight their great merits marking a beneficial time for undertaking major acts of worship: prayers, fasting, Haj, charity and many others,” says the sermon.

Dhu Al Hijja begins on Sunday.

A hadith by Prophet Mohammed highlights the first 10 days of the month. “There is no virtue more to the liking of Allah in any day than in these days, that is, the first 10 days of Dhu Al Hijja.”

Fasting is recommended during this time, especially on the ninth day, on which the Prophet Mohammed used to fast and which coincides with the day of Mount Arafat for Haj pilgrims.

“My servant does not draw near to me with anything more loved to me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And my servant continues to draw near to me with nafil [supererogatory] deeds until I love him,” says another hadith.

Muslims should increase the amount of good deeds they do during these days, whether these are religious practices such as praying, fasting and reading the Quran, or honouring parents and family, giving to charity or helping others.

Three types of thikir (remembering Allah in verbal prayers) were recommended by the Prophet during this holy period: Tahlil (Lai ilaha illa Allah “There is no God except Allah”), Takbir (Allahu Akbar “God is greatest”) and Tahmid (Al Hamdu lillah “Praising him”).

“Our guide Mohammed taught us how to remember Allah in the mornings and the evenings, whether we are healthy or ill, in our homes or outside and whatever we do,” adds the sermon.