Seasons of Mercy

Seasons of Mercy
10 Days Of Dhul Hijjah

Seasons of Mercy

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  • masjidmuhammad
  • Jul 13, 2021

Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life, many
of us long to experience once again the sweetness of
Ramaḍān: from the communal spirit of worship to the
intimate conversations with our Lord; from the joy of
opening the fast to the serenity of the prostrations at
night.
The Messenger of Allah  said: “Do good all the time,
and seek to be recipients of the ‘outpouring’ of Allah’s
mercy. Indeed, Allah showers down these (special)
‘outpourings’ of His mercy to whomsoever He wills from
His slaves.” (Ṭabarānī)
This ḥadīth means that although Allah  constantly
showers His mercy, love and blessings upon us
throughout the year, there are certain times of the year
wherein He is even more Generous to us. These are the
special seasons, days and moments in which it is even
easier to acquire His pleasure, earn His forgiveness
and be saved from the Hell-fire. The blessed month of
Ramaḍān is one such season when we witness these
fruits of Allah’s love and kindness.

Ibn Rajab wrote:

“Seasons of worship have many
benefits, including the opportunity to correct one’s faults
and make up for any shortcomings or anything that one
might have missed… The fortunate one is he who makes
the most of these special months, days and hours –
drawing nearer to his Lord through acts of worship. It is
hoped that he will be the recipient of an ‘outpouring’ from
those outpourings, and thus enjoy eternal happiness,
and be saved from the scorching Hell-fire.”

Another season, though much less known, is the first
10 days of Dhul Ḥijjah.

This season of worship is short, and sadly, many of us
do not know about the significance and virtues of this
blessed season. We do not give it the same attention and
importance as we do to Ramaḍān. Unlike the blessed
month, the devils are not chained in it, making it more
difficult to have a rigid schedule of worship. However,
this means that if we do spend these days in worship,
the reward will be greater inshā’Allah.

When Allah  loves a slave, He uses him in the
best times with the best deeds. And when He
is displeased with him, he uses Him in the best
times with evil deeds, so that this will ensure
a more severe punishment and greater wrath.
This is because he deprived himself of the
blessing of such a time, and violated its sanctity.
(Imām al-Ghazālī )
As the fortunate few of our Ummah
make their way to the House of Allah for
ḥajj, donning the iḥrām and raising their
voices in takbīr and the talbiyah, we are
sad at being unable to join them. Allah
knows that we long to visit His House,
but we cannot always do so. Thus, from
His mercy, He gave us these days as a
beautiful replacement. We may not be
physically present with the pilgrims, but
we can share in their reward and endure
the same spirit of sacrifice in these 10 days.
Though we may not be able to physically
travel to the House of Allah, let us travel to
Him with our hearts.

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