Advice of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to Mu’aadh bin Jabal رضي الله عنه

It was narrated from Mu’aadh ibn Jabal رضي الله عنه that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم took his hand and said: “O Mu’aadh, by Allah I love you, by Allah I love you.” Then he said, “I advise you, O Mu’aadh, do not fail following every prayer to say:

اللَّهُمَّ أَعِنَّي عَلَى ذِكْرِكَ، وَشُكْرِكَ، وَحُسْنِ عِبَادَتِكَ

“O Allah help me to remember You, to give thanks to You and worship You in the best manner.”

Narrated by Abu Dawood and al-Nasaa’i ; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

10 days of Dhul Hijjah: 4 Important Deeds

Importance of the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah:

It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” They said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allaah?” He said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allaah, unless a man goes out himself for jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.”(Sahih Bukhari)

Four Important Deeds:

1- Fasting

It was narrated from Hunaydah ibn Khaalid from his wife, that one of the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah and the day of ‘Ashoora’, and three days each month, the first Monday of the month and two Thursdays.(Nasaa’i,  Abu Dawood; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani)

2-  Reciting tahmeed, tahleel and takbeer a great deal 

It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are no days that are greater before Allaah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days, so recite a great deal of tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed during them.”(Ahmad, classed as saheeh by Ahmad Shaakir)

Note:

takbeer is saying Allaahu akbar (Allaah is most great)

tahmeed is saying al-hamdu Lillah (praise be to Allaah)

tahleel is saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah (There is no god but Allaah)

tasbeeh is saying Subhaan-Allaah (Glory be to Allaah)

3-  Doing Hajj and ‘Umrah 

4- Udhiyah (sacrifice) 

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