Katheer ibn Qais reported: We were sitting with Abu Ad-Darda in the mosque of Damascus when a man came and he said,“O Abu Ad-Darda, I have come to you from Medina, the city of the Messenger of Allah, for a tradition narrated to you from him.” He said,“Verily, I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say:
Whoever travels a path in search of knowledge, then Allah will easy for him the path to Paradise. Verily, the angels lower their wings for the seeker of knowledge. Verily, the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth – even the fish in the depths of the water – will seek forgiveness for the scholar. Verily, the virtue of the scholar over the worshiper is as the superiority of the moon over the stars. Verily, the scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets; they do not bequeath gold or silver coins, but rather they bequeath knowledge. Whoever has taken hold of it has been given an abundant share.”
(Sunan Abu Dawud 3641, Hasan (good) according to Ibn Hajar)
Takab’Allahu minnee wa minkum!!! Wa Kullu ’Aam Wa Antum Bikhair.
Sunnahs of ‘Eid ul Adha:
1. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to do ghusl on the day of ‘Eid.
2. He (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to wear his most beautiful garments to go out to pray. (Obviously, for modesty reasons, the women should avoid adorning themselves when they go out for ‘Eid, including perfume, as this is forbidden, but in the home amongst Mahrams adornment is allowed.)
3. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used not to eat anything until he came back from the place of prayer. (The first thing he would eat would be some of the meat of his sacrifice, and this is desirable if possible, if not, eat anything.)
4. And he (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to go out to the ‘Eid prayer walking and come back walking. He (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to vary his route on the day of ‘Eid. He would go by one route and come back by another.
5. Another sunnah is to say the takbeerat e.g. “Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, laa ilaaha illAllah, wa Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, wa lillaah il-hamd (Allah is Most Great, Allah is most Great, there is no god but Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, and to Allah be praise)” when coming out of one’s house to the prayer place and until the imam comes. (Narrated in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah with a saheeh isnaad from Ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him))
or “Allaahu akbaru kabeera, Allaahu akbaru kabeera, Allaahu akbar wa ajallu, Allaahu akbar wa Lillaah il-hamd (Allah is Most Great indeed, Allah is Most Great indeed, Allah is most Great and Glorified, Allah is Most Great and to Allah be praise).” (Al-Mahaamili narrated this with a saheeh isnaad also from Ibn Mas’ood: See al-Irwa’, 3/126.)
“(He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allaah [i.e. to say Takbeer (Allaahu Akbar: Allah is the Most Great)] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him” (Qur’an: al-Baqarah 2:185)
6. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) used to offer the ‘Eid prayers in the prayer-place (musalla).
7. He (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) did not offer any prayer in the prayer-place before or after the ‘Eid prayer. (However whether this means that the two rak’ahs for the masjid should be prayed is subject to difference of opinion amongst the scholars.)
8. The ‘Eid prayer does not consist of an adhān or an iqaamah.
9. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) would start with the prayer before the khutbah.
10. There are seven takbeerat in the first raka’h and five takbeerat in the second raka’h of ‘Eid prayer (Tirmidhi). (However this is subject to opinion.)
11. Exchange du‘aa’, congratulations or good wishes with the people at the end of the khutbah. Examples include: Taqabbal Allah minna wa minkum (May Allāh accept (good deeds) from us and from you).
It was narrated that Jubayr ibn Nufayr said: When the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) met one another on the day of ‘Eid, they would say to one another, “May Allaah accept (good deeds) from us and from you.” (Ibn Hajar said, its isnaad is hasan. Al-Fath, 2/446).
12. The Days of Tashreeq: The days of Tashreeq are the 11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul Hijjah. The Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said concerning the days of Tashreeq: “They are days of eating, drinking and remembering Allāh.” It is recommended to remember Allah immediately after the prescribed prayers by reciting the takbeerat. This is prescribed until the end of the days of Tashreeq according to the majority of scholars.
I wish you all joy on these blessed days of ‘Eid, may it enable us all to grow closer to Allah and not farther. May these days allow us to feel proud of our deen in obedience to our Creator. May they be full of happiness and blessings from Allah the Almighty.
The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah have begun! I pray that Allah enables you all to perform abundant good deeds and to remember Him much in these days.
I pray for all those who are going off to perform the blessed pilgrimage of Hajj an accepted pilgrimage and a safe journey, please also make du’aa for my family members who will be going.
Ibn ‘Abbas says about the verse, “Remember Allah during the well known days,” that it refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. [This is related by al-Bukhari]
Allah swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
"By the dawn; by the 10 nights"
[Noble Quran 89:1-2]
Ibn Abbas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Ibn Kathir said: “This is the correct opinion.” [Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 8/413]
"It is truly an ignorant person who complains about Allah to people. Such a person has displayed the deepest depths of ignorance concerning both Allah and people: if he truly knew Allah, he would never complain about Him; if he truly understood people, he would never complain to them.
One of the pious predecessors saw a person complaining to another about his desperate state of affairs and commented, ‘What have you achieved besides complaining to someone who will not show you mercy, leaving the One who will?’
When you complain to the son of Adam
You have left the Merciful for one who is not.
Someone who truly knows Allah will only ever complain to Him. Amongst this category of people, the best is the person who complains to Allah, not about other people, but about himself (and his spiritual condition). This person has grasped the real reason behind his difficulties and is looking to His words, “Any disaster that strikes you is through what your hands have earned,” (Q42:30) “Any bad things that happens to you come from yourself,”(Qur’an, 4:79) “Why is it that when a calamity happens to you, when you have already inflicted twice as much, you say, ‘How could this possibly happen?’ Say, ‘It has come from your own selves.’” (Qur’an, 3:165)
Therefore, there are three levels of people: the meanest is the person who complains about Allah to people, the most sublime is the person who complains about himself to Allah, and middlemost is the person who complains about other people to Allah.”
-Ibn al-Qayyim, (al-Fawāʾid, pg. 126)