• *Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu*

    *Dhul-Hijjah 1439 AH announcement from ICGT (Islamic Council of Greater Trenton)*
    Based on several confirmed moon sightings, ICGT announces that the month of Dhul-Hijjah has begun!

    *Monday, August 13, 2018 will be the 1st day of Dhul-Hijjah*

    *Eid al Adha will be on Wednesday, August 22, 2018*

    Eid prayer details will be sent in a separate communication.
    *Important dates:*
    *Day of ARAFAH** (9th Dhul-Hijjah) – Tuesday, August 21, 2018* *Eid al Adha (10th Dhul-Hijjah)- Wednesday, August 22, 2018* *Days of Udhiyya – From Wednesday, August 22 to Saturday, August 25 — Day of Eid + 3 days after Eid* *Takbeer of the days of Tashreeq – After every Fardh salaah from after Fajr of Tuesday, August 21 to after Asr on Saturday, August 25.*

    *Virtues of the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah*

    *The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to recite a lot of Tasbeeh (“Subhan-Allaah”), Tahmeed (“Al-hamdu Lillaah”) and Takbeer (“Allaahu akbar”) during this time. *

    *‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are no days greater in the sight of Allaah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel (“La ilaaha ill-Allaah”), Takbeer and Tahmeed.” (Reported by Ahmad, 7/224; Ahmad Shaakir stated that it is saheeh).*
    *Virtues of the Day of Arafah*

    *1.* *It is the day on which the religion was perfected and Allaah’s favor was completed*
    In *Al-Saheehayn* it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said: “*This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]*. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”

    *2. It is a day of Eid for the people who are in that place*
    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “*Yawm ‘Arafaah* (the day of ‘Arafaah), *Yawm al-Nahr* (the Day of Sacrifice) and *Ayyaam al-Tashreeq* (the 3 days following *Yawm al-Nahr*) are Eid (festival) for us, the people of Islam. These are days of eating and drinking.” This was narrated by the authors of *al-Sunan*. It was reported that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab said: “It – i.e., the aayah ‘*This day I have perfected…’ *was revealed on a Friday, the Day of ‘Arafaah, both of which – praise be to Allaah – are Eids for us.”

    *3. It is a day by which Allaah swore an oath*
    The Almighty cannot swear by anything except that which is mighty. Yawm ‘Arafaah is the “witnessed day” mentioned in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):
    “By the witnessing day [Friday] and by the witnessed day [the Day of ‘Arafaah].” [al-Burooj 85:3].
    It was reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The promised day is the Day of Resurrection, the witnessed day is the Day of ‘Arafaah, and the witnessing day is Friday.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.
    It is the “odd” [i.e., odd-numbered, *Witr*] by which Allaah swore in the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):
    “*And by the even and the odd” [al-Fajr 89:3].* Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “The even is the Day of al-Adhaa [i.e., 10th Dhul-Hijjah] and the odd is the Day of ‘Arafaah [i.e., 9th Dhul-Hijjah] This is also the view of ‘Ikrimah and al-Dahhaak.

    *4. Fasting on this day is an expiation for two years*
    It was reported from Abu Qataadah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” Narrated by Muslim.
    This (fasting) is mustahabb for those who are not on Hajj. In the case of the one who is on Hajj, it is not Sunnah for him to fast on the Day of ‘Arafaah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not fast on this day in ‘Arafaah. It was narrated that he forbade fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah in ‘Arafaah.

    *5. It is the day on which Allaah took the covenant from the progeny of Adam. *
    It was reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah took the covenant from the loins of Adam in Na’maan, i.e., ‘Arafaah. He brought forth from his loins all his offspring and spread them before Him, then He addressed them, and said: *‘Am I not your Lord? They said, ‘Yes, we testify,’ lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘Verily, we have been unaware of this.’ Or lest you should say: ‘It was only our fathers aforetime who* *took others as partners in worship along with Allaah, and we were (merely their) descendents after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised Al-Baatil (i.e., ploytheism and committing crimes and sins, invoking and worshipping others besides Allaah)?’ [al-A’raaf 7:172-173 – interpretation of the meaning]*.” Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani. And there is no greater day than this and no greater covenant than this.

    *6. It is the day of forgiveness of sins, freedom from the Fire and pride in the people who are there*
    In *Saheeh Muslim* it was narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no day on which Allaah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of ‘Arafaah. He comes close and expresses His pride to the angels, saying, ‘What do these people want?’”
    It was reported from Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah expresses His pride to His angels at the time of ‘Ishaa’ on the Day of ‘Arafaah, about the people of ‘Arafaah. He says, ‘Look at My slaves who have come unkempt and dusty.’” Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.

    *Takbeer of the days of Tashreeq – common questions*

    *1) What is the Takbeer of the days of Tashreeq*
    Takbeer Tashreeq is the *recitation of *
    *Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar, Allaah akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd *
    *(Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is most great, there is no god but Allaah, Allaah is most great, Allaah is most great, and to Allaah be praise) *
    *after every fardh salaah* commencing from the Fajr of the 9th of Dhul Hijah until after Asr of the 13th of Dhul Hijjah.
    It was also narrated elsewhere by Ibn Abi Shaybah with the same isnaad, but with the phrase *“Allaahu akbar” repeated three times.*
    *2) When should the Takbeer-e-Tashreeq be recited?*
    It should be recited after every fardh Salaah, whether the Salaah was performed individually or in congregation.
    * 3) How many times should it be recited after every fardh Salaah?*
    It should only be recited once.