Times in Which Rewards Are Doubled
Hakam A. Zummo Al-Aqily
1- The Month of Ramada:
Rewards are doubled in the month of Ramadan. The Messenger Mohammad (peace &
blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ''The best month comes to Muslims is
Ramadan, and the worst month comes to hypocrites is Ramadan.'' (Directed by
Ahmad and corrected by the scholar Ahmad Shokery).
be sure to do in this great month, Ramadan, the best deeds such as prayer,
charity, zakat and other good deeds. Thanks Allah for giving us this great
month and make the acts of worship in it very easy.
Abu Hurairah reported, Allah's Messenger (peace & blessings of Allah be upon
him) as saying: ''When there comes the month of Ramadan, the gates of mercy
are opened, and the gates of Hell are locked and the devils are chained.''
(Reported by Sahih Muslim).
Umrah in Ramadan:
One of Allah's bounties upon us is that Allah, the Almighty, made the rewards
doubled and ‘Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj as the Messenger of Allah
told Um Senan when she missed the Farewell Pilgrimage: ''When Ramadan comes
perform ‘Umrah, because ‘Umrah in Ramadan is equivalent to Hajj.'' Or he said:
''Hajj with me.''
The Night of Al-Qadr:
The night of Al-Qadr is a great night because the rewards of worshiping in
this night are better than the rewards of worshiping one thousand months,
which is approximately eighty three years and four months. Allah, the Almighty
''Verily, We have sent it (this Qur'an) down in
the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) And what will make you know what the Night of
Al-Qadr (Decree) is? The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand
months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a
thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).'' (Surat Al-Qadr).
In addition, the Holy Quran has been sent down to the lower heavens and the
future of everything for the next year is written in this night. Allah, the
''We sent it (this Quran) down on a
blessed night in the month of Ramadan – the 9th month of the Islamic calendar.
Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who
disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship] Therein
(that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments. (Surat Ad-Dukhan).
Moreover, Allah, the Almighty, specially blessed the Muslims
with this night. Imam Malek said: I was informed that the ages of the nation
of the Prophet Mohammad are shorter than the ages of the previous nations and
for that Allah, the exalted, gave him the Holy night of Al-Qadr.
2- The Ten days of Thul-Hijja:
Ibn 'Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah
(peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "There are no days during which
the righteous action is so pleasing to Allah than these days (i.e., the first
ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).'' He was asked: "O Messenger of Allah, not even
Jihad in the Cause of Allah?'' He (peace & blessings of Allah be upon him)
replied, "Not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah, except in case one goes forth
with his life and his property and does not return with either of it.''
(Reported by Al-Bukhari).
To further emphasize the
importance of the ten days of Thul-Hijja, Allah, the Exalted, swore on them as
''By the dawn; By the ten nights (i.e. the
first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah), And by the even and the odd (of
all the creations of Allah).'' (Surat Al-Fajr).
The religious scholars said that the Even (Shafi-iy) means the ten days of
Thul-Hijja. Therefore, make sure that you don't miss these days of Thul-Hijja
and perform as much as you can of good deeds such as reading the Holy Quran,
giving charity, praying and fasting especially for the Muslims who live in
Makkah and Madinah. Particularly, fasting the day of ‘Arafa and sacrificing in
the Day of Slaughter because they are Sunnahs of the Prophet Mohammad (peace &
blessings upon him) as mentioned above.
Best Provision to the Day of Judgment