Category Archives: Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

Arafat Khutba

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

Points from Khutba in Arafat by Imam of Baitullah on this Hajj. (It is not the recent one.)

Long but each point is precious diamond. Forward far and wide:

– Surround yourself with Muslims who practice the Deen. They are your only True Friends in this Life and in the Hereafter.

– Not everybody is out there to judge you, there are some who want the best for you and want to help you get into Al-Jannah, value them.

– Indeed, a friend who doesn’t care about your Aakhirāh is not really your friend.

– Sometimes the hardest person for you to correct is yourself. There is no shame in being wrong, the shame is in choosing to stay on the wrong path.

– Whatever takes you NEAR to Allah, takes you AWAY from Hellfire. Whatever takes you AWAY from Allah, takes you CLOSER to Hellfire.

– We all take tomorrow for granted because we believe tomorrow will always be there. Tomorrow may be there, but we may not!

– Who said “TOMORROW” is guaranteed? Make the use of “TODAY” that you are blessed with!

Yesterday many thought that they would see today, and today many will think they will see tomorrow. Death could be tonight, in the next hour, the next second, yet we live as if we still have so many years to live.

– You may be rich, famous or have a high status in this dunyah, but to the Angel of Death, you’re just another name on the list.

– Our death and meeting with our Creator is approaching and yet our biggest worry is what are we going to wear tomorrow? #‎InCompetition

– One day you’ll just be a memory for people, and a lesson to others. Do everything you can to please Allah, be a positive lesson.

– Imagine how many people were here with us last year, but are no longer here again! Even our turn is soon approaching. May Allah forgive us and forgive them.

– We walk with our heads high up in the sky, unaware that one day we’ll be trapped 6′ Feet under the ground. #‎Reminder

– You look for the latest fashion and designer clothes, but don’t forget O’ Son of Adam! You will end up being wrapped up in just a white shroud.

– Live to please the Creator, not the creation. If Allah is happy with us, what more can we ask for?

– It’s sad how we begin to appreciate blessings, either materialistic things or good people; only after we lose them. When it’s too late! Do we really invest to be like them?

– You wouldn’t throw away a diamond to pick up a rock, so in the same way, don’t throw away the Aakhirah (Paradise) by chasing the Dunya (worldly).

– How do you expect to get Al-Jannah when you haven’t worked for it in Dunya? That’s like expecting to pass an exam you never took a class for.

– We live in a time where people give up certain foods in fear of becoming overweight, but cannot give up sins in fear of Allah!

– For a believer — you may be penniless, homeless, unemployed, sick and feel like you have nothing. But you have the One thing that money can’t buy: “Allah”.

– Allāh knows what you want, what you need, what you deserve, at what time and what place, trust Him and His decisions (is best for HIS creation), He knows while you don’t.

– If a celebrity mentioned your name to the world, how happy would you be? Mention Allah in a gathering, and He mentions you to the angels!

– And, make the Qur’an your companion and a part of your life. Don’t let yourself become a stranger to it. The Qur’an is like a friend, the longer the friendship lasts the more you will know of its secrets.

– Don’t praise me because I’m on my Deen, but pray for me because I have faults which you have not seen.

ُ”Truly, Allah loves those who repent, and He loves those who cleanse themselves.” [Al-Quran 2:222].

May Allah purify our hearts. And peace and blessings of Allah be upon our noble Messenger of Allah, Muhammad and his household. Ameen.



Step Way of Doing Hajj

What Is A Simple

Step By Step Way

Of Dσing Hajj?
Summarize by| Rayan Barker

⬇️⬇️Hajj Tamatt’u.

1 •→ Perfσrm Umrah:

a •→ Perfσrm ghusl, wear perfume σn bσdy (Men), wear Ihrām clσthing (Men) and place intentiσn fσr Umrah at the Meeqaat and head tσwards Makkah.

b •→ Say the Talbiyyah σn yσur way tσ Makah.

c •→ Circle the K’abah 7 times.

d •→ Pray 2 rak’as behind Maqāм Ibrāhīm if pσssible and drink sσme Zamzam.

e •→ Make Sa’ee, gσ between Safā and Marwā 7 times, starting frσm Safā and ending at Marwā. Frσm Safā tσ Marwā is cσnsidered 1 and frσm Marwā back tσ Safā is cσnsidered number 2 and sσ σn. Stσp at the Hill σf Safā and Marwā each time and face the K’aba and make Du’ā except σn reaching the Marwā σn yσur last Sa’ee.

f•→ Shσrten yσur hair.

g •→ Cσme σut σf Ihrām.

2 •→ Perfσrm Hajj:

▶️Day 8th σf Dhul Hijjah:

a •→ Gσ tσ Minā and wear the Ihrām clσthing (Men) and place intentiσn fσr Hajj and stay there that day and its night.

b •→ Pray Dhuhr, Asr,Maghriв and Ishā’ by shσrtening them but nσt cσmbined.

c •→ Refrain frσm the Mahdhσσraat after entering intσ the state σf Ihrām.

▶️Day 9th σf Dhul Hijjah:

a •→ Pray Fajr in Minā.

b •→ Any time after the sun has risen head tσwards ‘Arafa and stay σn ‘Arafa until Maghrib.

c •→ Make du’ā σn ‘Arafa and perfσrm the prayers.

d •→ After Maghrib enters head tσwards Muzdalifa and remain there that night.

e •→ Cσmbine and shσrten Maghrib and Ishā’ prayer.

▶️Day 10 σf Dhul Hijjah – Eid Day

a •→ Pray Fajr σn Muzdalifa.

b •→ Make ∂υ’ā’.

c •→ Leave and head tσ Minā befσre the Sun rises.

d •→ Thrσw seven stσnes at the largest Jamarah which is the last σne clσsest tσ Makkah.

e •→ Slaughter an animal (sheep ect..)

f •→ Shave σr shσrten the hair (shaving is better fσr men), fσr wσmen they shσrten a fingertip length.

g •→ Nσw it’s permissible fσr a persσn tσ dσ the Mahdhσσraat except sexual relatiσns.

h •→ Perfσrm Tawāf Alfāda arσund the K’abah 7 times.

i •→ Nσw yσu are allσwed tσ dσ all the Mahdhσσraat.

▶️Day 11, 12, 13 σf Dhul Hijjah – Eid days
a •→ Stay in Minā.

b •→ Thrσw 7 stσnes at each σf the three Jamarāt after Dhuhr fσr all three days11th, 12th and 13th. 7 stσnes at the first Jamara, then seven at the secσnd then 7 at the third.

c •→ Fσr thσse leaving Makkah early σn the 12th σr later σn the 13th then after thrσwing the 7 stσnes, they prσceed tσ perfσrm Tawāf Ul Wadā’ arσund the K’abah 7 times then they leave Makkah.

Arafat Day programme

*Wonderful Arafat Day programme for your attention, reference and further action:*

1. Sleep early the night before the day of Arafat;

2. Woke up before Fajr with the intention of taking your Suhoor in readiness for fasting this day;

3. Then pray at least two or four Rakaats and while in Sujood supplicate and ask your Lord asking for the best of the two worlds (Dunya and Akhirah) and thank Him for making it possible for you to witness this day on which blessings and forgiveness are provided abundantly;

4. Before Fajr, spend sometime asking for forgiveness so that you can be counted from among those who seek for forgiveness during the night;

5. Prepare for Fajr prayer and continue asking for forgiveness;

6. Pray your Fajr and after finishing the prayer remain in your praying place (Musallah)reading Qur’aan and engaging in all soughts of Zikr until sunrise;

7. Pray two rakaats of Shuruuk 15 minutes after sunrise so that you can benefit from the reward of having performed Hajj and Umrah as the prophet mentioned. Please don’t miss this opportunity;

8. After Shuruuk, you can choose to sleep for a while in order to gain more strength for the fasting during the rest of the day;

9. You can then wake up to pray Salaatul Dhuha, at least 4 Rakaats and continue with your Zikr saying
” ﻻﺇﻟﻪ ﺍﻻ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻭﺣﺪﻩ ﻻﺷﺮﻳﻚ ﻟﻪ ﺍﻟﻤﻠﻚ ﻭﻟﻪ ﺍﻟﺤﻤﺪ ﻭﻫﻮ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻛﻞ ﺷﺊ ﻗﺪﻳﺮ ..”

10. Pray Dhuhr, say takbeer and read something from the Qur’aan;

11. Listen to the Khutbah of Arafat from Itv or any other Islamic channel;

12. Pray Asr and continue your Zikr and read Qur’aan until before Maghrib;

13. With about an hour to go before Maghrib, start your supplications asking Rabb for forgiveness, blessings and the best of the two worlds. Don’t forget to pray for your Muslim brothers and sisters including those who are dead and alive. Also remember the day you will stand in front of your Lord.

Ask Allah that the sun of Arafat should not set unless that you are amongst the forgiven ones

Better than the last ten days of Ramadan

🌹Gentle reminder – We’re in the greatest days and nights of the year.

A good Q. we can ask ourselves is: “Are we doing better ‘Ibadah during the last 10 days of Ramadan or now?”

Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali رحمه الله stated:

“What is correct is that the first ten days and nights of Dhul-Hijjah is better than the last ten days of Ramadan except for the night of laylat al-Qadr.”

Lataa’if al-Maarif pg.522

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The Virtue First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah Like Never Before!Assalamualaikum Dear Brother & Sisters,

Being thankful for these blessed days

Allah says; ‘By the dawn/day break’ and by the ten nights. (Surah Al Fajr, Ayah 1-2)

Opinion scholars: Allah azza wa jall is swearing on the last 10 nights of Ramadan or Allah is swearing on the 10 nights of the 1st ten days of Dhul Hijjah. InshaAllah today we will discuss in reference to the 2nd opinion (also held by Ibn Katheer)

LESSON: Can u imagine Allah Himself swearing on something?? Likewise, the 1st ten days of Dhul Hijjah are immensely important and we should thank Allah azza wa jall for the blessing of these days.

How can we thank Allah? 

By doing those things and deeds through which we can attain the maximum benefit and reward. To do those deeds the most beautiful, beloved, respectful and humble way. This is what ibaadah is.

Do you feel now like you felt in the last ten nights of Ramadan? Why? Because we don’t realize the importance of these days of Dhul Hijjah. Did you prepare for them? Did you make an action plan?

What is Dhul Hijjah?
It means the month of pilgrimage, the Month of Hajj, Last Islamic month (12th)of the year,  It is one of the 4 sacred months in which fighting is forbidden.

  • History facts dhul hijjah
    * The Prophet ﷺ performed the farewell Hajj and gave the historic sermon known as the “Farewell Sermon”
    * Egypt was conquered by the army sent by Umar (radiyallahu anhu)
    * Uthmaan (radiyallahu anhu) was appointed the 3rd Khalifah
    * Fatimah (radiyallahu anhaa) married the 4th Khalifah, Ali (radiyallahu anhu)
    * Umar (radiyallahu anhu) was martyed on the 27th of Dhul Hijjah in the year 26AH
    * Uthman (radiyallahu anhu) was maryted on the 18th of Dhul Hijjah in the year 35AH

Overview of these ‘honorable’ days:
* 1st Dhul Hijjah –10th Dhul Hijjah
* 1-8th Dhul Hijjah

Pilgrims assume or put their ihram on with the intention of performing hajj, the pilgrims leave and all head to Mina. For the non-pilgrims, these days are of immense ibaadaat and reward.

* 9th Dhul Hijjah = Yawm-Arafah. Most beloved day to Allah azza wa jall
Pilgrims they leave to go to a place called Arafah. Here the Pilgrims pray and ask of Allah azza azza wa jall.

This is the Hajj Day – This is what Hajj is.

For Non-pilgrims, it is a day of fasting which is the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
* 10th Dhul Hijjah = Yawm alNahar = Day of Sacrifice
The day when the pilgrims go to throw stones at the Shaytan- Jamaarat -cut their hair take off,their ihram, perform the sacrifice.

Eid-ul-adhaa ”Big eid”- people often don’t bother celebrating this Eid.

Day of Qurbani or Haddiyah

Note: there is no chand raat like Christmas eve!
* 11th Dhul Hijjah = Yawm-al-Qarr – Pilgrims stay in Mina
* 10-13th Dhul Hijjah = Qurbani can be performed

  • Importance of this Month
    Last 10 nights of Ramadhan are virtuous – Likewise there are 10 days that are MORE virtuous

Many people are not aware of this, there is so much emphasis on the days of Ramadhan yet very little on these days and that is only because of our ignorance.  These days are a chance to bring back that feeling you had in Ramadhan that closeness you experienced, the eman boost you had. It is a blessed gift, a fresh opportunity to erase our sins and cleanse ourselves.

It is also a second chance, for those who felt Ramadan slip through their fingers and these are the 1st 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah!

  • Realize Virtue:
    The Prophet ﷺ said, “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).” Then some companions of the Prophet ﷺ said, “Not even Jihad?” He ﷺ replied, “Not even Jihad”, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah’s sake) and does not return with any of those things.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari 15:86]

The standing (wuqoof) in ‘Arafah reminds you of the throngs of people on the Day of Gathering. If you feel tired from being in a crowd of thousands, how will it be in the crowds of barefoot, naked, uncircumcised people, standing for fifty thousand years?

9th Dhul-Hijjah: Allah azza wa jall frees people from hell: The Prophet ﷺ said: “There is no day on which Allah sets free more people from hell than on the day of Arafah “

Fast on this day

To expiate minor sins previous and next year, you will have your minor sins forgiven with the fast of ‘Arafah (In shaa Allah)

So, what about your major sins?

  • REPENT for your major sins on this day!
    “There is no day when Allah ransoms more slaves from the Fire than the day of ‘Arafah. He draws near and expresses His pride to the angels and says: ‘What do these people want?’” [Sahih Muslim] Think about all your sins and repent sincerely and remember that Allah can forgive all our sins no matter how great they are.

“Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [ Quran 39: 53] These grand days are a great opportunity to quit your sinful habits once and for all!

Be regretful for committing sins and make a strong determination to never commit them ever again.


* 10th Dhul Hijjah: Yawm alnahar: day of sacrifice The Prophet said:
The best day in the sight of Allah, blessed is He, the Most High, is Yawm alnahar (day of sacrifice), then Yawm al Qarr (the 11th of Dhul Hijjah, the day the pilgrims begin their stay in Mina)’ (Musnad Ahmed)

  • UDHHIYA (Arabic for sacrificial animal) It is performed on the days of sacrifice which is the 10th, 11th or 12th of Dhul Hijjah.

One may sacrifice a thousand animals on days other than these, but it will never be regarded or considered as udh’hiya. Therefore, the qurbani is a sacred act which can only be done during the three days of Dhul Hijjah as specified.

Let your sacrifice renew your taqwa. After the fasting of Ramadan whose main purpose was “…that you may become righteous” [Qur’an: 2, 183] The sacrifice is a symbol of:  Attaining Allah’s pleasure and approval, Expression of one’s love and servitude to Allah: to attain Taqwa!

Look at this ayah:
Allah says in Surah al Hajj ayah 37: “Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you.”

What is the History behind the Qurbani?
Ibrahim alayhissalam was ready to give up everything for the sake of Allah
– Do your kids know this story?
– tell your kids

  • Sacrifice vs Emotions
    When you slaughter your sacrifice, you are reminded of the great event when our father Ibraaheem submitted to the command of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala to sacrifice his only son Ismaa’eel, after he had grown up and become a help to him. You remind yourself that there is no room for emotions which go against the commands and prohibitions of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.

And very important; we have to work hard every day to instil sabr in our children like Ismaa’eel, who said (interpretation of the meaning):

“‘O my father! Do that which you are commanded. In shaa Allaah (if Allaah wills), you will find me of al-saabireen (the patient ones).’” [al-Saaffaat 37:102]

  • Fiqh of sacrifice
    – Upon sighting the moon, the one offering Qurbani should stop and not cut their hair and nails
    – We learn from the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam that the one who wants to offer a sacrifice must stop cutting his hair and nails and and not remove anything from his skin.
    – This is from the sighting of the moon until one has offered his sacrifice as the Prophet said:
  • “When you see the new moon of Dhu’l-Hijjah, if any one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, then he should stop cutting his hair and nails until he has offered his sacrifice.”
  • Scholars have said that if the man of the household sacrifices an animal on behalf of his family – the family members can still cut nails etc, just the person who is financially/ and or pyscially doing the sacrifice has to not cut nails etc – And Allah knows best.
  • One who wants to offer a sacrifice may resemble those in ihraam in some aspects of the rituals performed so that he may draw closer to Allah by offering the sacrifice. When a slave was purchased, his head would be shaved to show he has a master >Hopes that Allah will save him the hellfire.  And Allah knows best in this matter.


PRAY: Take special care of your obligations

Before talking about any voluntary actions (and bonuses), it is important to remind ourselves that we must first take care of all our obligations. How can we think of building and beautifying a house without constructing its pillars? Thus, we must pay special attention to the pillars of Islam and strive to perfect our obligations.

  • Pray on time (and in congregation, for men) Voluntary prayers (nawaafil)

BEST OF ALL TAHAJJUD – EACH NIGHT Due to its worth in the sight of Allah, the reward for the extra night prayers has been kept secret.

Allah  says in the Qur’an, Surah As-Sajdah, 32 v16-17: 

Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope, and they spend (in charity in Allâh’s Cause) out of what We have bestowed on them (v16) No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do (v17)

1.  For house in Jannah (2 rakaat before fajr, 4 before dhohr, 2 after dohr, 2 after maghrib, 2 after esha)

2. Whoever sticks to the habit of offering four rak`ahs befor dhohr prayer & four rak`ahs after it, Allah will shield him against the Hell-Fire.” [Sunan An-Nasai]

3. Duha prayer between approx 20 min after sunrise (6 30 am) and 20 min before dhohr (12 30) (two rakaat or more even amount of rakaat)

4. Salatul tawbah <– after bad deed or shortcoming, pray 2 rakaat

5. 2 raka’ahs sunnah after performing wudhu “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (may Allāh be pleased with him) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]


Verily all praise and thanks belong to You. Hamd means praise and thanks.  When it comes to praise, you can think of many things. Allah has more than 99 Names and for each of His names, you can praise Him.

  • For example, O Allah! You are the best in showing intense mercy (Ar-Rahman), the best in showing continuous mercy (Ar-Raheem), the best Creator (Al-Khaliq), and so on. Don’t complain! When something bad happens think of something good you have. Earn the reward of a Hajj without going to Makkah

“Whoever prays Fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until the sun has risen, then he prays two Rak’ah, then for him is the reward like that of a Hajj and Umrah” He said: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Complete, complete, complete.’” [Al-Tirmidhi]

Istighfar: ” Astaghfirullah”
The Prophet ﷺ said: ” Whoever wants his book given to him on the Judgment Day as he is happy then let him do a lot of Istighfar.”

Do not only do Istighfar for yourself but rather for the entire Ummah because the Prophet ﷺ taught us that when you do Istighfar for the entire Ummah you will get the reward for each one of them:

“Allahumma ‘ghfir lil mu’mineen wal mu’minaat”
Making salah and salam on the Prophet ﷺ

  • Every time you make salah and salam on the Prophet ﷺ an angel goes to the Prophet ﷺ and tells him that son of so and so did salam on you. Every time you do salah and salam on the Prophet ﷺ the angel do salah and salam upon you, their salah and salam on you is asking Allah (azza wajal) to forgive you.

Respecting and honouring our parents: Islam teaches us that of the most beloved deeds to Allah, having respect for one’s parents is second only to that of prayer and is greater than that of fighting in His cause.It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Mas’ood (may Allāh be pleased with him), who observed: “ I asked Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) which deed was the best.”

He (the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam)) replied:

  • ‘The Prayer at its appointed hour.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He replied: ‘Kindness to the parents.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He replied: ‘Earnest struggle (Jihad) in the cause of Allah.’ I refrained from asking any more questions for fear of annoying him. [Sahih Muslim]

Recite Qur’an with them, read a book together, discuss a lecture you heard, share your plans and seek their input. Drive your father to the masjid if he is unable to walk there and earn reward for doing so, or call them a few more times in the day if they live far away.

  •  ‘Labbayk Allaahumma labbayk’ vs Watching your tongue!

As when we say Labbayk, we intend to speak only of obedience to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and avoid talk of disobedience. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala watches us and our speech all the time, so we daily must watch our tongue and avoid the two biggest problems we have with this muscle: gossiping and excessive talking!

Just like the person performing Hajj must refrain from getting into disputes and acts of disobedience or risk the acceptance of their Hajj, you should try to do the same.

  • Forgive everyone no matter what they have done to you.
  • Visit the sick.
  • Have good relations with people, especially your parents, relatives and neighbors.

This would be the best time to re-establish ties of kinship and put barakah in your life.
QURAN! Read more Quran, contemplating the meaning
Have those blessed moments with the Qur’an like you did in Ramadhan.

Know always that every word you recite carries great reward as the Prophet said ” Whoever recites one letter of the Quran, for him shall be one reward (hasanah) and each reward is multiplied by ten

  • Seek the times dua’a is more likely accepted and among them are:
    1- 1/3 end of night
    2- before salah between Adhan and Iqamah
    3- when the Imam is on the minbar during Jumu’ah Friday
    4- during the rain
    5- in sujood


  • Start your du’a in praising Allah (azza wajal) and the prophet Muhammad ﷺ. And use the Names of Allah. Repent and ask for forgiveness, keep these things in mind when making dua E.g. Yaa Rahmaan, I know you are the most Merciful and I am your slave, peace and blessings on the prophet Muhammad … [start your dua]

FAST all 9 days

This is not fardh but a commendable act. Nafl means that act which is done with happiness, he is happy to do it for the sake of Allah.

  • “Whoever observes fast for a day in the way of Allah (non-obligatory fasting observed for the sole purpose of pleasing Allah and seeking His blessings), Allah will remove his face from the Hell to the extent of seventy years’ distance.” [Sahih Muslim]

Finally, …

If you have not yet fulfilled the obligation of Hajj, make special dua to Allah to grant you the opportunity to do so soon and in the best of manners.

In your next sujood- ask Allah to help you make the best of these days.

Subhanakallahuma wa bihamdik nastaghfiruka wa natoobu ilayk.

Khawlah bint Yahya
JazakAllahu Khairan
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