ACTS OF VIRTUE
There are certain specific acts of virtue in
these blessed days of Zil
Hijjah which are enumerated and explained below
- Upon sighting the moon of Zil Hijjah, those people intending to perform
Qurbaani should neither cut their hair nor clip their nails until the
Qurbaani is performed. This is a mustahab (desirable) act derived from Hadeeth of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam wherein he has
said: "A person should neither clip his nails nor cut his
hair until he performs qurbaani". (lbne Maajah)
Some ulamaa have explained the reason and wisdom behind this order of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi
wasallam thus that in this month, hundreds of thousands of
people are blessed with the opportunity of visiting the sacred house of Allah in Makkah.
They enjoy the spiritual atmosphere
of the holy places and acquire maximum benefit from the blessed moments. Whilst they are there in the state of ihraam certain acts become impermissible for
them. Amongst them is clipping of nails
and cutting the hair. The Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wasallam instructed those of his
followers who could not reach the blessed places, to imitate the pilgrims by not cutting the hair and clipping the nails so that the mercy of Allah can enshroud them too together with the pilgrims.
- These days are so blessed that a days
fast is equivalent to a years fast
and a nights devotion is equivalent to the ibaadah of Laylatul Qadr. The indication is towards the fact that we should
endeavour to perform as many virtuous acts as possible in these days.
- 9th Zil
Hijjah is the day of Arafah in which the main fardh of
Hajj is performed i.e. wuqoof-e-Arafah. This is a great
moment for the pilgrims when the Mercy of Allah descends upon them in abundance and their
sins are forgiven and duaa accepted. Allah,
through His Compassion and Mercy,
has not deprived the non-pilgrims of His mercy,
but rather, shown the way to His Pleasure. The Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wasallam was asked about the fast of the day of Arafah. He
compensates for the (minor) sins of the past and the coming year." (Ibne Maajah)
should take note that the sins forgiven are minor sins.
The major sins are
not forgiven without taubah.