The Ten Days of Dhū l-Ḥijjah

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Shaykh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbet of the 9th of September, 2016.

Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa raḥmatu Llāhi wa barakātuh.

A‘ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni rrajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ‘alá Rasūlinā Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalīna wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā Rasūla Llāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūli Llāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh al-Fā’iz ad-Dāghistāni, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqānī. Madad. Ṭarīqatunā ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.

These are the days for good deeds. It is a holy season, Ashhuru l-ḥarām, the second month. Dhū l-Qa‘dah, Dhū l-Ḥijjah, and Muḥarram, these three months, Rajab comes separately, but these three are together. These are the holiest days. These ten days Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla swears an oath on it. There are some oaths special to Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla. We don’t say them. He (jj) says: “wal-fajr” (89:1). He (jj) swears. “Wa layālin ‘ashr” (89:2) – are the ten days of Dhū l-Ḥijjah. He (jj) takes an oath on them. Ordinary people can only swear by the name of Allāh (awj). If you swear in the name of your honor, it isn’t swearing. Some people between themselves have a kind of swear, it isn’t valid. It is not valid according to sharī‘ah. If you swear on your honor, on someone’s dead body, these aren’t oaths. These are nonsense, no need for penance or fasting [like when] you swear in the name of Allāh.

There are some kinds of swearing. Allāh Azza wa Jalla swears on the ten days of this holy month, these are from oaths special for Him. These are such holy days. Allāh (jj) makes a season to bestow grants. He makes such days so people repent more, turn to Allāh (jj). Tarwiyah is the 8th day, 9th day is ‘Arafah. Whoever fasts, all his sins are forgiven. If you fast on ‘Arafah day, all your sins of the last year are forgiven and also for the next year. These are such honorable days. Allāh (awj) says all prayers are accepted on ‘Arafah day. Mention Allāh (jj) abundantly in these days. Plead to Allāh, so Allāh (awj) gives you what you want. Everyone, every Muslim should honor these days. They aren’t like other days. People celebrate unnecessary days, no use in them. Benefit is for hereafter. No matter how long you live, you leave what you collected in this world. We saw Pharaoh, Qārūn, when they died they left everything behind. They died and left. Because they weren’t buried they put them out for people to watch. We have to appreciate the valuable days.

These ten days are very important. From the first to ninth it is very good to fast. If you can’t fast all, you can fast on the 8th and 9th day. If you can’t fast on the 8th day, you should fast on ‘Arafah day, don’t miss it. That is a holy day, you need to read 1000 Ikhlāṣ as-sharīf on that day. After reading 1000 Ikhlāṣ as-sharīf, if you like you can say lā ilāha illā Llāh, and do ṣalawāt 2000 times. Read as much Qur’ān as you can. If you have to make up for any prayers, do so. There are more rewards on this holy day, thousand times more. Then you have to slaughter a sheep [for Eid]. Don’t forget that. You can have some [of the meat] and share with others, with the poor, with relatives and friends. Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla rewards for each hair of the sheep.

There are millions of hair on a sheep. For each of them Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla rewards you.

Starting from ‘Arafah day, you have to say takbīr until ‘Aṣr time on the 4th day [of ‘Id]. Most people forget that. It ends after ‘Aṣr. In the morning of ‘Arafah day you’ll say takbīr after each farḍ prayer. Don’t forget this, in shā’a Llāh.

May Allāh make us reach such beautiful times with Mahdiī ‘alayhi s-salām, in shā’a Llāh. The world is going in that direction. He says; “kullu ātin qarīb”, anything coming is near. If something will come, you’ll see it comes soon. Our Prophet (sas) gave good news about Mahdī (as). It can happen any time. “wa mā dhālika ‘alá Llāhi bi‘azīz” (35:17). Nothing is difficult for Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla. What happens in one year may happen in one day. We saw Allāh’s wisdom, He made us get over in one night, what would happen in one year otherwise. In shā’a Llāh Mahdī ‘alayhi s-salām comes soon because the whole world is trying to finish Islām. They attack Islām thinking “these ignorants they are fighting each other, we can finish them.” Allāh is with us. Allāh has a promise, an oath. It will happen. He will certainly make the whole world Muslim. Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla with Mahdī (as). There is no other way because only Mahdī (as) can defeat shayṭān’s power. Now it is his time. When Mahdī (as) comes no longer authority for it. The whole world becomes Muslim with Allāh’s permission.

May Allāh make us reach those days. These beautiful times will be more beautiful at that time with Allāh’s permission.

These days it is very holy days, very holy month. Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla swear on these days. He said “wa l-fajr wa layālin ‘ashr” (89:1,2). What meaning? “For morning and ten holy days.” And it is swear. It is only for Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla. We cannot say this swear [oath] by ourself. There is many kinds of swear. And there is some of them only for Lord Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla. He said like “wa l-fajri wa layālin ‘ashr, wa sh-shaf‘i wa l-watri, wa l-layli idhā yasr” (89:1-4) “wa t-tīni wa z-zaytūn wa ṭūri sīnīn” (95:1-2) Many things like this, it is only for Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla. Special for Him.

For normal people, if you will swear only by name of Allāh – “waLlāhi”. When you say this, you are swearing. And if you didn’t … when saying this, say “WaLlāhi I will do this” and you didn’t do it, you must fast three days or you must feed ten people. And other, there is swear for normal people. They are nonsense swear – no value for this. I don’t know for English how they swear. But for other people, they maybe say “for my mother, for my father”, something like this. It is all no value, no any thing to do. If you didn’t do this, no matter for you. But when you swear for Allāh name, you must make fasting or give charity for people to be clean from this swear.

And Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla, why He swear for these ten nights? Because they are very holy nights from beginning of Dhū l-Ḥijjah until 10th of Dhū l-Ḥijjah. And it is days you can, if people able to fast, they can fast from 1st Dhū l-Ḥijjah until 9th – nine days. But who are not fasting this, they can also fast in 8th and 9th. And who fasts 8th, Allāh reward him like Ayyūb ‘alayhi s-salām.

He was patient for his illness. For all what he suffering, he was patient. And 40 years he didn’t say anything. And in one day you fasting, Allāh reward you as him, as Ayyūb ‘alayhi s-salām. And who fast 8th and 9th, Allāh forgive him for one year before and one year after. Because for ‘Āshūrā’ day Allāh forgive for only one year before. This for Mūsá ‘alayhi s-salām. But for Prophet (saw) he give it double, so He forgive from one year before and one year after. So we must, if we can do, fasting two days – 8th and 9th. It is very good, perfect. But maybe some people, they cannot fast, only 9th also you can fast. No problem, not like ‘Āshūrā’ – one day also you can fast. And it is Allāh reward you 1,000 of rewards from His endless treasure.

And it is day blessed and holy day. You must make remember Allāh, reading Qur’ān and praying. And especially you must 1000 times Ikhlāṣ sharīf. This is everybody he must do it in shā’a Llāh. And who can like to do more, can do lā ilāha illā Llāh, Muḥammad Rasūlu Llāh, ṣalawāt sharīf 2,000 times. Many things and not to make… Be careful not look to ḥarām and not, to keep his tongue from ḥarām also, his ear from ḥarām, to be one day ‘Arafah day, to keep himself away from… try to do as Allāh like to be. It is gift from Allāh. We must appreciate this. Try to do the best what we can do, in shā’a Llāh.

And don’t forget from beginning of Fajr of 9th Dhū l-Ḥijjah, after each farḍ you must make Takbīr – Allāhu Akbar Allāhu Akbar Lā ilāha illā Llāh Allāhu Akbar Allāhu Akbar wa liLlāhi l-ḥamd. This is until 4th day of ‘Īd. After ‘Aṣr you finish this. And ‘Īd also who can slaughter, it is wājib for Ḥanafī. For Shāfi‘ī, sunnah mu’akkadah. Because Shāfi‘ī, they don’t have wājib. Sunnah mu’akkadah meaning like farḍ, like wājib. So who is able to slaughter, he must slaughter. Because if he is not so rich but he has enough money to slaughter, this meat he can eat also, not only for people. If he like, he can give for people also. He can give for poor people and for himself. Also they can leave. And Allāh reward this for each wool [hair] one ḥasanah, reward, one reward. And you imagine in one sheep, millions of wool it have.

And you must be tell this who is cutting sheep to be merciful, mercy for this creature. They are holy creature. And they are only… We must respect them. We must be mercy with them. There is ignorant unbeliever people, they are seeing this is bad what they are doing, they are cutting. But no, this Allāh make this special for worshipping, and this animal they are happy, happy to be slaughtered for ‘Īd for qurbān, especially for believer people. Who are not happy? Who are sorry what they are not saying name of Allāh when they are cutting. This is the worst thing can animal have in this. But when they are cutting for worshipping and by name of Allāh, nothing affect them and they are not feeling any pain. But there is one thing, they make this, who making this, many of these butchers they are doing this. After they cutting animal, they not waiting to its soul to go out. Quickly they hurry to cut another one, breaking neck and cutting from inside. And this is very painful for animal. And Mawlānā, every time he was saying for this point, telling people. And people, still many of them they are doing this. So every time who are listening this, you must tell these people to not do this. It is very harmful for this animal. Allāh, He is merciful and He like merciful people. We must be careful for this in shā’a Llāh.

Allāh make this ‘Īd, next ‘Īd to be nicer, better with in shā’a Llāh Mahdī ‘alayhi s-salām. Because it is easy for Allāh. We are seeing what Mawlānā he was saying about Turkey and others. He said the army will be divided and it will be some months between this. But alḥamdu liLlāh in one night Allāh finished this. Army divide and everything finish in one night. For appearing Sayyidinā Mahdī ‘alayhi s-salām also can be. Everything easy for Allāh, not difficult. in shā’a Llāh we hope next year to be with Mahdī ‘alayhi s-salām.

’Āmīn wal-ḥamdu liLlāhi Rabbi l-‘ālamīn al-Fātiḥah.

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