Posted by: seekerofthesacred | November 17, 2009

Excerpts from Kanz an-Najaah was-Surur: Dhul Hijjah

Bismillah…

Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, Jazahullah Khayran, has translated the relevant parts of the Kanz an-Najah was-Surur with regards to Dhul Hijjah. May Allah benefit us all by it.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله الذي أنزل على عبده الكتاب ولم يجعل له عوجا
وصلى الله وسلم على سيدنا ومولانا محمد وعلى آله الطيبين الطاهرين وأصحابه الغر الميامين

All praise is due to Allah, and may endless blessings be upon His Beloved Messenger Muhammad, his Kin, and his Companions.

These are excerpts taken from the book “Kanz Al-Najāḥ wa As-Surūr” (The Treasures of Success and Happiness) regarding the benefits and special qualities of each month and how one should take advantage of them.

(Please verify when the month of Dhul Ḥijjah begins. One recommended website is http://www.crescentwatch.org/ )

Know that Dhul Ḥijjah is a great and sacred month in which the Holy Pilgrimage takes place. It is a month in which blessings are plentiful, du‘ā’ is answered, and Allah takes care of people’s needs. In it are the “ten nights” which Allah swears by in the Qur’ān: {By the daybreak and ten nights}. The majority of Tafsīr scholars have stated that Allah is referring here to the ten nights of Dhul Ḥijjah.

Some scholars state that there are 3 groups of 10 days/nights which are the most preferred by Allah:
1. The first 10 days of Dhul Ḥijjah,
2. The first 10 days of Muḥarram, and
3. The last 10 nights of Ramaḍān.

According to some scholars, the best amongst the 3 are the first 10 days of Dhul Ḥijjah because in them are the days of ‘Arafah and ‘Eīd. The Prophet, peace and mercy of God be upon him stated, “There are no days more preferred by Allah than the ten days of Dhul Ḥijjah; and there are no nights more preferred than its nights.”

Ibn ‘Abbās, may Allah be pleased with them both, said, “There are no days more preferred by Allah the Exalted than these ten days, so make plenty of tahlīl (saying “Lā ilaha illa Allāh”) and takbīr (saying “Allāhu Akbar”), for these are days of tahlīl and takbīr and remembrance of Allah, Mighty and Glorious is He.”

It is also highly recommended to fast the first nine days, especially the 9th day of Dhul Ḥijjah (the Day of ‘Arafah).

Things to do:

Fast the first nine days:

Our Beloved Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him and his family, said, “One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to worship during Laylat al-Qadr.” [Tirmidhī]

The 9th Day:

It is particularly important to fast the 9th day of Dhul-Ḥijjah (known as the Day of ‘Arafah).The Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “I have hope in Allah the Exalted that the fast of ‘Arafah will be an atonement for the sins of the past and forthcoming year.” [Tirmidhī]

Lā ilāha illa Allāh:

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whosoever says during the first 10 days of Dhul Ḥijjah this supplication 10 times each day:

لا إله الا الله عَدَدَ الدُّهور، لا إله إلا الله عَدَدَ أمواج البُحور، لا إله إلا الله عددَ النَّباتِ والشَّجَر، لا إله إلا الله عدد القَطْرِ والمَطَر، لا إله إلا الله عدد لَمْحِ العيون، لا إله إلا الله خَيرٌ مما يجمَعون، لا إله إلا الله من يومِنا هذا إلى يومِ يُنْفَخُ في الصور .

Lā ilaha illa Allāh ‘adad ad-duhūr, lā ilaha illa Allāh ‘adad amwāj al-buḥūr, lā ilaha illa Allāh ‘adad al-nabāt wa al-shajar, lā ilaha illa Allāh ‘adad al-qaṭri wa al-maṭar, lā ilāha illa Allāh ‘adad lamḥ al-‘uyūn, lā ilāha illa Allah khayrun min mā yajma‘ūn, lā ilāha illa Allah min youmina hādhā ila youmi yunfakhu fī al-ṣūr – all of his future and past sins will be forgiven.” [Ṭabarānī].

The Day of ‘Arafah:

• It is very beneficial to repeatedly say:

لا إله إلا الله وحْدَهُ لا شريكَ له، لهُ المُلْكُ وله الحمدُ وهو على كلِّ شيءٍ قدير

“Lā ilāha illa Allāh, waḥdahu lā sharīka lah, lahu al-mulku wa lahu al-ḥamd, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shayy’in Qadīr.” This is related in many ḥadīths.

• Ibn ‘Abbās, may Allah be well pleased with him and his father, said, “Whosoever reads ‘Qul Huwa Allahu Aḥad’ (Chapter 112 of the Qur’ān) 1,000 times on the Day of ‘Arafah will be given whatever he/she asks for.”

• The best thing to occupy oneself with during this day is du‘ā. Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ash‘arī, may Allah be pleased with him, “They are days in which du‘ā is not turned back. How would du‘ā be turned back during these days [i.e. Ten days of Dhul Ḥijjah] when the Day of ‘Arafah is amongst them, which was narrated as being the best day in the world.” [Ibn Ḥibbān in his Ṣaḥīḥ collection].

May Allah give us the success to benefit from these blessed days. Consider how seriously we take things during the last 10 nights of Ramaḍān and try to exert a similar effort during these days. {And I only created jinn and humans for them to worship Me}. This is what we were made for and Allah gives us times like these so that we can excel great distances in a short time. Do not let it pass you by. The glorious treasures of your Lord are there for the taking, you just have to expose yourself to His Grace.

والحمد لله رب العالمين

NOTE: In order to be concise, the exact strength of certain ḥadīths have not been mentioned. It is agreed upon by the vast majority of scholars to use ḥadīths of various levels of authenticity to encourage people to do extra acts of worship and goodness.

The Acts of the Righteous During These Days

The following are adhkār [invocations] that the Ṣāliḥīn [righteous people] would read ten times every day for the first ten days of Dhul Ḥijjah:

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أُقدِّمُ إِليْكَ بين يَديْ كُلِّ نَفَسٍ وَلَمْحَةٍ وَلَِحْظَةٍ وَخَطرَةٍ وَطَرْفَةٍ يَطرِفُ بِهَا أَهْلُ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ ، وَكُلِّ شَيءٍ هُوَ فَي عِلْمِكَ كَائِنٌ أَوْ قَدْ كَان .. أُقدِّمُ إِلْيَكَ بَينَ يَدِيْ ذَلِكَ كًلِّهِ ..
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ اللَّيَالِي وَالدُّهُور، لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ الأَيَّامِ وَالشُّهُور.
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ أَمْوَاجِ البُحُور، لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ أَضْعَافِ الأُجُور.
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ قَطَرِ الْمَطَر، لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ أَوْرَاقِ الشَّجَر.
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ الشَّعَرِ وَالوَبَر، لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ الرَّمْلِ وَالْحَجَر.
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ الزَّهْرِ وَالثَّمَر، لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ أَنْفَاسِ البَشَر.
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ ذُنُوبِنَا حَتَّى تُغْفَر، لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ لَمْحِ العُيون.
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ مَا كَانَ ومَا يَكُون، لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَمَّا يُشْرِكُون.
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ خَيْرٌ مِمَّا يَجْمَعُون, لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ في اللَّيْلِ إِذَا عَسْعَس.
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ فِي الصِّبْحِ إِذَا تَنَفَّس، لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ الرِّيَاحِ في البَرَارِي وَالصُّخُور.
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ مِنْ يَومِنَا هَذَا إِلَى يَومِ يُنْفَخُ فِي الصُّور لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ عَدَدَ خَلْقِهِ أَجْمَعِين
لا إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ مِنْ يَومِنَا هَذَا إِلَى يَومِ الدِّين ، فِي كُلِّ لَحْظَةٍ أَبَدَا ، عَدَدَ خَلْقِه، وَرِضَى نَفْسِه، وَزِنَةَ عَرْشِهْ، وَمِدَادَ كَلِمَاتِه

Translation:
In the name of God, the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful. O God I present to You in front of every breath, every second, every instant, every thought, every blinking of the eye of the peoples of the heavens and the earth, and everything which is existent in Your knowledge or was existent, I present to

You in front of all of this:

Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of nights and ages,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of days and months,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of waves in the oceans,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the multiplication of rewards,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of raindrops,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of leaves on the trees,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the amount of hair and fur,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the amount of sand and rocks,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of flowers and fruits,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of breaths of mankind,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of our sins so that they are forgiven,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of blinking of eyes,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the amount of that which has been and that which will be,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – Exalted is He above that which people worship alongside Him
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – (this is) better than that which they amass (of the dunyā),
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – in the night when it darkens,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – in the morning when it breathes,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of winds that blow in the desert and the number of rocks,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – from this day to the day on which the Trumpet is blown,
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – the number of His entire creation
Lā ilāha illa Allāh! – From this day to the Day of Recompense!
This is to be read ten times, and at the end read:
In every instant, forever – [the total of] the number of His creation, to His satisfaction, the weight of His throne, and the amount of ink of His words.

This is also to be read ten times:

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ مَا اتَّصَلتِ العُيُونُ بِالنَّظَر وَتَزْخَرَفَتِ الأَرَضُونَ بِالْمَطَر، وَحَجَّ حَاجٌّ واعْتَمَر وَلَـبَّى وَحَلَقَ وَنَحَرَ وَطَافَ بَالبِيْتِ العَتِيقِ وَقَبَّلَ الْحَجَر وَعَلَى آلِهِ وصَحْبِهِ وَسَلِّمْ فِي كُلِّ لَحْظَةٍ أَبَدَا مِثْل ذَلِك ، عَدَدَ خَلْقِكَ وَرِضَى نَفْسِكَ وَزِنَةِ عَرْشِكَ وَمِدَادِ كَلِمَاتِك

O God send blessings upon our Master Muḥammad as much as the eyes see, as much as the earth becomes verdant after rainfall, the number of people making Ḥajj and ‘Umra, making the talbiya2, shaving their heads, making ṭawwāf around the Ancient House and kissing the Stone and upon his family and companions in every instant forever, [the amount of] the number of Your creation, to Your satisfaction, the weight of Your throne and the amount of ink of Your words.

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