Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Zul-Hajj the last (12) month of the Islamic Calendar

Meaning of the word Zul-Hijjah/Zul Hajj/Dhu al-Hijjah
The month of "Hajj" (Pilgrimage)
About the month of Zul-Hijjah/Zul Hajj/Dhu al-Hijjah
The fifth pillar of Islam "Hajj" is performed in this sacred month.  The first ten days of Zul-Hijjah are the most virtuous days in this whole month, Hajj is performed amongst these ten days.

Ahadeeth related to Zul-Hijjah/Zul Hajj/Dhu al-Hijjah
Hadhrat Abu Haraira (R.A) reports from the Holy Prophet  : "Amongst all days there are none better to engage in sole worship of Allah than in the tendays of Zul-Hijjah,  To observe a fast on any of these days is equivalent to fasting throughout the year, to actively engage in prayer and worship throughout any of these nights holds such rewarding values levelling with "night of power" (Laylatul-Qadr) "Tirmizi"

It has been stated in the Holy Qur'an, "By the dawn; By the ten nights (ie. the first ten days of the month of Zul-Hijjah), and by the even and the odd (of all the creations of Allah) and by night when it departs.  There is indeed in them (the above oaths) suffcient proofs for men of understanding.  (and that they should avoid all kinds of sins and disbelief)"
Hadhrat Abi Qataadah (R.A) reports in a part narration from the Holy Prophet  cocerning the fast observed on the day of Arafaat: "I have full confidence in Allah for the one who observes a fast on the day of Arafaat that his previous year's sins and the proceeding year's sins are forgiven." (Muslim)

Events of Zul-Hijjah/Zul Hajj1)The Prophet  performed the farewell Hajj and gave the historic sermon known as the "Farewell Sermon"

2)Egypt was conquered by the army sent by Hadhart Umar (R.A.)

3)Uthmaan (R.A.) was appointed the third Caliph

4)Also "Bay'ate-Aqabah" took place
Matrimonies within Zul-Hijjah:- Hadhrat Fatimah (R.A.) was married in this holy month to the fourth Caliph Hadhrat Ali (R.A.)

Deaths in Zul-Hijjah:- Two famous deaths took place in this month:
1)Hadhrat Umar (R.A.) met martydom- 27th of Zul-Hijjah 26 A.H.

2)Hadhrat Uthmaan (R.A) was martyred- 18th Zul-Hijjah 35 A.H.

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