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Comrade Ishowo Urges Muslims to Embrace the Virtues of First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

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Comrade Ishowo Urges Muslims to Embrace the Virtues of First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman

Comrade Olanrewaju Ishowo has emphasized the significance of the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, urging believers to seize this sacred period to perform righteous deeds and draw closer to Allah.

In a statement obtained by INCNews247 on Thursday, Ishowo reminded the Muslim ummah worldwide of the profound importance of Dhul-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, noting the first ten days of this month are particularly revered, and their virtues are supported by several key points.

“Allah swears an oath by these days in the Qur’an 89 V2, highlighting their extraordinary status,” Ishowo noted.

He added, “Praise be to Allah, who has created time and elevated some periods above others. These special days and nights, where rewards are multiplied manifold, are a mercy from Allah, motivating us to increase our worship and strive for greater rewards.”

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Ishowo stressed the importance of utilizing these times to enhance spiritual practices and prepare for the afterlife. He quoted Ibn Rajab, saying, “The happy person is the one who makes the most of these special months, days, and hours, drawing nearer to his Lord through acts of worship.”

Muslims are reminded to understand the value of their lives, persist in good deeds, and worship Allah continuously until death. The Qur’an instructs, “And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (death)” [al-Hijr 15:99].

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are particularly distinguished. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) stated, “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days” (Reported by al-Bukhari).

Ishowo emphasized that not even jihad is more beloved to Allah during these days, except for the exceptional case of a man who sacrifices his life and wealth for Allah’s cause and returns with nothing.

He affirmed that these ten days surpass all others in the year, including the last ten days of Ramadan, although the last ten nights of Ramadan hold the distinction of Laylat al-Qadr, the Night of Decree, which is better than a thousand months.

As the month of Dhul-Hijjah begins on Friday, June 6, 2024, Comrade Ishowo highlighted the significance of the Day of ‘Arafah, the pinnacle of this sacred period.

He cited a Hadith from Muslim: “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire than on the day of ‘Arafah.”

Ishowo also reminded Muslims intending to perform the sacrifice to adhere to the guidelines, noting that the last day for cutting hair and nails is Thursday, June 6, 2024, before Maghrib prayer.

He added that one of the simple and powerful Sunnahs of this month, especially during the first ten days, is to be in a constant state of dhikr, especially reciting takbeer (Allahu Akbar), tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), tahlīl (Lā ilāha illā Allah), and tasbeeh (SubhanAllah).

He encouraged Muslims to recite these as often as possible—at home, heading to work, in the Mosque, and even while walking down the street—giving thanks and praise to Allah (SWT) during this special time.

He, therefore, prayed to Allah to accept the Ibadaah (worship) and sacrifices of all Muslims, urging everyone to remind others of these blessed days.

 

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