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    • As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah, Brother, for those not going on hajj or sacrificing, the restriction does not apply. It is the person who is doing these acts of worship who have the restrictions, subhana’Allah.
      um Ahmad

    • Anyone who is planning to offer a sacrifice, should abstain from pairing their nails or having their hair cut during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. This is because Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “When anyone of you intends to sacrifice the animal and enter in the month of Dhul-Hijjah, he should not get his hair cut or nails pared till he has offered his sacrifice.” [Sahih Muslim (http://sunnah.com/riyadussaliheen/18/196)]

      Um Ahmad, I hope the hadeeth clarifies the point.
      Brother Fahad, JazaakAllaahu Khairan for bringing this up. I have requested the R&C team to add this point to the article as well.

  1. JazakAllah Khair fii duniyah wal Akhirah.
    I would encourage readers to also share this t
    ips via their social media, in this way performing good deeds too.
    The prophet(SAW) said, Love for your brethren what you love for yourself.
    May Allah bless the author & Productive muslim.

  2. As-salamu alaykum wa rahmatullah,

    JazakAllahu khairan for the reminders. Insha’Allah, we will all benefit from them, ameen.

  3. Good article, Alhomdulliah
    However, there is one thing I sort of disagree or would like to suggest something about. You said “To decline all invitations..” Well, it is FROM the Sunnah of our Prophet to ACCEPT invitations. So maybe it’s better to say “accept invitations, but do not stay there the whole time…” for example.
    This is just my thoughts. I respect and appreciate your work, and it has benefited me. Just saw that one thing, and it threw me off.

    Sister,
    Ola

    • To be precise, here is what I wrote: “Reject all invitations to parties and appointments which can be delayed to a later date,” which implies that if any invitation is important, you may go :)
      Moreover, there are conditions and rulings regarding this matter. You may refer to http://islamqa.info/en/22006 to know more.
      Jazaakillaahu Khairan.

  4. MashaAllah!!!! JazakAllah, Its a verygood and useful article, Thank you for reminding, May Allah bless you with good health and Iman.

  5. mashaAllah; Jazakal Allah Khair. a very good airticle serves as reminder to all faithful. may Allah reward all with Aljannah fir dause

  6. Jazakallahu khairan,my brother a good article the very best of reminder for this month, I’ll pass this round as part of my contribution,may the Almighty ALLAH reward you abundantly Amin summa Amin.

    • JazaakAllaahu Khairan for your feedback :) As mentioned in the article, you may reject those invitations “which can be delayed to a later date.” To read more about the conditions and rulings on accepting invitations, please visit: http://islamqa.info/en/22006. Hope that clarifies your doubt.

  7. salam o alaikum brother can i get this article on my email?? and jazak Allah khair for sharing such good article with us.

  8. Mashallah, what an excellent and comprehensive article. May Allah SWT reward the writer and the whole productive Muslim team abundantly and may we all gain Allah’s forgiveness and mercy in the next 9 days inshaAllah – Ameen.

  9. Mashaa Allaah. FadhaakumAllaah Khair for sharing this timely and beneficial reminder to the entire Muslims Ummah. May Allah (S.W.T) accept all our Ibadah, and grants us His Jannah. Aameen Ya Rabb.

  10. Baraka’Allahu fikum for sharing ! It’s very motivating..May Allah put sincerity in our deeds and give as the chance to experience moving and powerful moments with Him in Dua’a..Another Ibadah we should strive for in this ten blessed days, is Salaat in the last third of the night followed by the most sincere istighfar we could possibly make. Also we should ask Allah to help us improve our worship to Him. And success comes from Allah The compassionate :)

  11. Jazaakumullahu khairan. I know I have become a better Muslim since I became I member of the Productive Muslim family. While reading this post I got out my dairy and made personalized notes about how to spend these days, and I pray that Allah will make it easy for all of us to reap the immense benefits therein .
    How do I invite my family members and friends to join so that they can receive your regular emails?
    Keep up the good work and more keys to your keypad!

    • Great and very very important ilm. I have shared it with my fellow Ugandans.
      Thank you and may Allah swt reward you abundantly and keep PM alive.

  12. Asalamualaikum

    An excellent article and an great reminder put out in an amazing way. JazakAllah Khair for sharing such wonderful thoughts with all of us.Mat Allah swt bless you.

  13. Assalamualikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu Maa Shaa Allah very informative article may Allah give us hidayah to follow the same and spread ameen
    Jazak Allahuqairan kaseera :)

  14. Jazakullahkhayran
    What a wonderful & excellent article to read after fajr today. May Allah grant you barakah & jannah..

    • Wa iyyak. And what a wonderful comment to read too :)
      Aameen at your Duas. May Allah grant all of us Jannat-ul-firdaus!

  15. Shukran Jazeelan for the inspiring article. May Allah bless your efforts for imparting Deeni Knowledge for the benefit of the Ummah. My duas are wit you.

    • Aameen. Jazaakllaahu Khairan for your words of encouragement. Don’t forget to share the article with others too!

  16. Assalamalaikum I agree what is written allamduliall only thing we must understand and have faith and firm believe in allah we muslim are very lazy they know everything but some or the other reason they won’t attend fajar shatan is at their back I could not wake up I was very tired many reasons avoiding allah khara

    • Walaikumussalaam! May Allah forgive us for all our shortcomings, and strengthen us to worship Him in the best of ways. Aameen!

  17. Subhanallah! Jazakallah khayr brother, very nice article. You have listed many points with many details. May Allah Ta’ala bless you.
    May Allah Ta’ala help us to spend these days doing very good deeds aameen.

  18. JazakAllahu khair may Allah (SWT) accept our acts of ibadah and reward us abundantly during these days and always

    • May Allah grant us mercy & forgiveness. Here’s a beneficial reminder for us on the topic of mercy:
      The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Be merciful to those who are on earth, and you will be shown mercy from the One Who is above the heavens.” [Tirmidhi, 1924]

    • Jazaakillaahu khairan for your message as well. I had listened to various scholars speak on the topic, and SubhaanAllaah the amount of wisdom they possess is just unbelievable!

  19. As per prevailing morality, dealings and misconception of Islam (where nawafil have taken over farayez) in today’s society particularly Indian sub-continent, the most relevant points are points no. 12 (Taqwa) and 13 (Optional Charity/Sadqa).

    Practical approach to Taqwa: Abstaining from Major Sins and Perform Farayez (in Huqooq ul Allah and Ibaad, morality, character, dealings and business). Farayez comes first, Mustahaab and nawafil polishes over that. Reverse is not true i.e. only nawafil without farayez as currently being propagated by majority muslim groups here.

    Practical approach to Charity: First Zakat should be calculated methodically and correctly, start giving and finish before beginning of new zakat year for him. Misconception prevailing is that 2.5% zakat is maximum one need to pay. Muslim particularly affluent should be encouraged to spend whole heatedly additional 2.5% over & above zakat.

    • True, the obligatory actions are the most important. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “Allah, the Exalted, has said: ‘…the most beloved thing with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him.’” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

  20. Salams. Thank you for reminding me and guiding me. There were some obligations I forgot about and other things I didn’t know about. You taught me and guided me. I feel blessed by your work. Jak InshaAllah

  21. Masha Allah! Thanks so much brother for sharing this article, may Allah reward you immensely! :) I was so not aware of these grand days… this is what the doctor ordered for me! :)

  22. Brilliant article. Thanks
    One of the things we can also give more of in this period is lots of smiles.
    In this economy recession period, a genuine smile and word of encouragement to our brothers and sisters around can go a long way to make the day brighter.
    There are humans around us everyday not just the ones on social media.
    Compliments on their outfit, beard, anything to help make someone smile/ happy out at least less worried.
    Thanks

  23. As salaam alai kum. JazakAllah khair for all the team of Productive Muslim. May Allah reward u immensely for all your work.

  24. 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF DHUL HIJJAH

    1. Allaah swears an oath by the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah in the Glorious Qur’an in the very first verses of Surah Fajr, saying, “By the dawn (Fajr); by the ten nights” Allaah swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit.

    2. There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done on the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.

    3. One of the days among these ten days is the Yaum al Arafaah (Day of Arafaah), this is the day on which Allaah (swt) perfected His religion. Fasting on this day will expiate for the sins of the past and coming year.

    4. One should start these days with sincere repentance to Allaah, then should do a lot of righteous deeds in general like prayer, recitation of the Qur’an, remembrance of Allaah, giving charity, fasting etc.

    5. One of the most important things to do during the ten days of Dhul Hijjah is to repent sincerely to Allaah and to give up all kinds of disobedience and sins.

    6. It is from the Sunnah to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah.

    7. During the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah it is Sunnah to recite

    Takbeer, ie. saying Allaahu akbar (Allaah is most great),

    Tahmeed, ie. saying Al-Hamdulillah (Praise be to Allaah)

    Tahleel, ie. saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah (There is no god but Allaah)

    Tasbeeh, ie. saying Subhaan-Allaah (Glory be to Allaah)

    These words should be said out loud in the mosques, streets, house and all the other places where it is permissible to do Dhikr of Allaah. (Women’s should say it quitely)

    8. It is also the Sunnah to recite the following Takbeer aloud,
    “Allaah akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Allaahu akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd”
    (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, there is no god but Allaah; Allaah is Most Great and to Allaah be praise).

    9. It is Sunnah Mu’aqqadah (Confirmed Sunnah) to offer sacrifice on 10th of Dhul Hijjah.
    This should be done by the one who is able to do it, so a person should offer the sacrifice on behalf of himself and the members of his household.

    It is from the Sunnah for the one who wants to offer a sacrifice that he/she must stop cutting his hair and nails and removing anything from his skin, from the beginning of the ten days until after he has offered his sacrifice.

    10. Sacrifice can also be done on the Ayyaam al Tashreeq (Days of Tashreeq) which is the 11th, 12th and 13th Dhul Hijjah. Regarding these days the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said, “They are days of eating, drinking and remembering Allaah” & “Fasting on these days is not permissible.”

  25. Assalamu Alakium

    Pleasure to read this article. Very touching and knowledgeable. Good to remind. May Allah Almighty give you reward ameen.

    .

  26. MashaAllah. Thank you for the great article. It’s very informative especially for people who are still learning the religion. Jazzak Allh Khair!

  27. ماشاءالله
    Jazakallahu khair for the wonderful reminder . Actually its only the person who is going to perform the sacrifice needs to abstain from removing hair or nails. And not the ones on whose behalf sacrifice is to be performed. Its a general misunderstanding .
    https://islamqa.info/en/36567

  28. Assalaam Alaikum ,
    Jazakum Allah khairan for the article , and thank you dear brothers for sharing your comments , I didn’t know about not cutting hair and nail if you intent to do Udh’hiya . It was a new knowledge for me. will do our best to share .

  29. AssalamuAlaikum,
    I find this article beneficial Masha’Allah. One of the things I could possibly do is instead of browsing on fashion and other wasteful interest I try to switch social media on interests that are useful for akhira. Or anything that could encourage me and motivate me to perform good deeds even though helping others at home.
    Thanks for the useful tips you shared. J.A.K.
    May Allah grants you tawfeeq in dunya and akhira.

  30. Salam alaikum jazakumullahu bikhair very inspiring and motivating may Allah make it a form of sadaqatul jariya work for all of us.

  31. Assalamou Alaykoum
    Masha’Allah I LOVE this article, it’s very very veery benificial, Jazakoum Allahou Khairan.
    I think another good thing to do is get into the sunnah of smiling frequantly and express our love for the ones we cherish and to actually say the words “I Love You” more often.
    Eid Mabrouk everyone !!!! ^^

  32. Jazakallahu khair….very motivating..,descriptive…valuable..article.
    May Allah(swt) bless you with best of the rewards….In sha Allah