We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Dhikr, the remembrance of God, is crucial in these 10 days. It’s among the most emphasized and best rewarded of deeds during Dhul-Hijjah. Its blessings are numerous, noticeable in both daily life and as a form of spiritual gain.
The Messenger of God ﷺ said:
“When I say ‘Subhaan Allah, wa’l-hamdu Lillah, wa laa ilaah ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar (Glory be to God, praise be to God, there is no god except God, and God is Most Great)’, this is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon.”
[ Muslim ]
The above hadith includes the 3 statements of dhikr that are extra beloved during the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah, but let’s add the 4th one mentioned on as a bonus. Proclaiming God’s glory is a natural accompaniment to acknowledging God, proclaiming His greatness, and thanking Him for what blessings we’ve been given.
Glorious is God.
[ Subhan Allah ]
[ Subhan Allah ]
It’s always a good idea to count your blessings. Even when things aren’t going quite right, even if you feel that things are difficult, you’ll find that if you sit down and think carefully, there are still countless blessings strewn about your life. Take some time to think about those blessings, and then be grateful for them, no matter what other chaos may be going on. Alhamdulilah.
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Daily fun fact
The companions of the Prophet ﷺ, Abdullah ibn Omar (ra) and Abu Hurairah (ra) would go out to their local markets during the first days of Dhul-Hijjah and make takbeerat (Alahu akbar/la illaha illa Allah/wa illa hil hamd) aloud, to encourage others to participate and increase in their dhikr.
Check out our publication on Hajj — “Living Abraham’s Legacy: Relevance of Rites and Rituals in the Modern Age”