Majlis Summary

Appointed days: Days of virtue and righteous deeds

Remember/Celebrate the praise of Allah during the appointed days.(Sura al-Baqara 2:203)

Hadith from 6th Imam J’afar Sadiq a.s. reports that the ‘appointed days’ refers to the First ten days of Dhulhijjah.
There is no deed more beloved to Allah SWT than the one performed during these ten dates (Holy Prophet s.a.w.w.).
Another indication of the auspicious state of these dates can be noted from Suratul Fajr where they are used as oath by Allah SWT :”By the Dawn, By the ten nights …..” Sura al-Fajr 89:1-2

Two events for spiritual development :

History records two noteworthy events that are significant for our spiritual development:

  • Sacrifice of Nabi Ismail a.s. by his father Nabi Ibrahim a.s.
  • Munajat (secret mutual conversations) of Nabi Musa a.s.

Munajat of Nabi Musa a.s.:

After his community had been delivered from the tyranny of Pharaoh who used to inflict penalties, slay the children etc. Nabi Musa a.s. engaged in secret mutual conversations   with Allah SWT on the Mount Sinai.  
“And we made an appointment with Musa for thirty nights.And we completed them for ten (additional) days. So the appointed time of the Lord was completed for forty day”  Sura Al-A’raf 7:142

These actually were the thirty dates of Dhulq’ada and the first ten dates of Dhulhijjah.

Nabi Musa a.s. asks for a vision :

Having  undergone spiritual elevation through the munajat with his Lord, Nabi Musa a.s.  requests for a vision:
“My Lord! Show me Yourself to me, so that I may look at You.”
“(Allah said) you cannot bear to see Me, …….. Sura Al-A’raf 7:143

Spiritual eyes :

Nabi Musa a.s. did not aspire for vision through the physical eyesight. The Masumin are free from such kind of thinking; for God is not a being to be visualized. Nabi Musa a.s. yearned to see the beloved through the ‘eyes of the self / heart’

Elevating our ‘eyes of self’:

These auspicious moments are opportunities for us to perform Tazkiyatun Nafs: spiritual purification so that our ‘sight of eye of the self’  is sharpened.  Therefore  let us :

  1. Be aware of the teachings of Islam
  2. Practise the teachings
  3. Strive towards earning pleasure of Allah SWT in all our deeds
  4. Refrain from displeasure of Allah SWT
  5. Perfect our akhlaq moral behavior
  6. Maintain Taharat (spiritual purity) in our body, earnings, dealings, work, food etc…

Wa ma tawfiqi illa billah

Fazle Abbas Datoo
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Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat