In the 89th surah of the Quran Allah has taken oath of the ten nights. Now in the Arabic language nights can refer to both days and nights… like Allah says that Prophet Musa (a.s.) went to the mount tur for 40 nights… doesn’t mean that he only spent the nights there and came back during the day… even in our language when we say we went for a two night stay, we actually mean a time period that spanned two nights and days altogether.
Therefore the above mentioned oath of the ten nights can refer both to the last ten nights of Ramadan and the first ten days of Zilhajj… and when it was asked which of these two periods is more valuable, the scholars have explained that the nights of the last ashrah of Ramadan are more precious because they contain the Lailatul Qadr… and likewise the days of the first ashrah of Zilhajj are more virtuous because of the day of Arafah which falls on the 9th and the day of sacrifice which comes right after it…
The reason why I have written this brief intro is that its so unfortunate that a majority of muslims have no idea about the significance of these precious ten days which are upon us now… and so we remain deprived of the virtues and blessings that are being showered upon us but we fail to receive them simply because of being unaware.
Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said:
“There are no other days that are as great as these in the sight of Allah, the Most Sublime. Nor are there any deeds more beloved to Allah then those that are done in these ten days. So increase in tahlil (to say la illaha illallah), takbir (to say allahu akbar) and tahmid (to say alhumdulillah).”
Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) also reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“There is no deed more precious in the sight of Allaah, nor greater in reward, than a good deed done during these ten days …” He was asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.”
So it is a great chance for us to renew our faith and bring a fresh energy and enthusiasm to our worship of Allah… to me it comes as a sort of refresher to the training we got in Ramadan and which seems to fade away with time… now is the time to re-live that spirituality once again through increased remembrance of Allah… knowing that each and every act we do in these ten days will bring with it manifold blessings and goodness in our lives… in sha Allah
I encourage you to spread this info as much as you can so that whoever hears it from you will become a source of adding good points to your book of deeds… sadaqah jariah… because whatever good he or she will do as a result of your little effort will be added to your account automatically without taking anything from his account!! So imagine the everlasting goodness at the cost of just a little time and attention which you will invest in making people aware of this great opportunity to reap endless blessings for themselves by coming closer to Allah…
May Allah help us to make the best use of these best days… ameen