25 Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH: Subchapter 2: The Virtue of the Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah over Ten Days in Any of the Other Months

Figure 1A: The golden doors of the Noble Ka`bah.

Imam Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali (d. 795 AH), may Allah be pleased with him, noted further on this topic:

Let the worshipper take heed of sins which prevent forgiveness and manumission on that day, such as

(a)  arrogance and self glorification of the self. We narrate a hadith from Jabir from the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, who said, “There is no day that can be seen with more manumissions or manumitters than the day of `Arafah yet Allah on that day does not forgive the arrogant one in a state of self glorification.”

This was collected by Al-Bazzar, At-Tabarani and those besides them. Allah, Exalted be He, said the following,

And Allah does not love every boastful, self glorifying sinner.[1]

The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said, “Indeed Allah does not look at the one who drags his garment below the ankles out of boastful arrogance.”

(b) maintaining a major sin. Ja`far As-Siraj narrated with his chain of transmission from Yunus ibn `Abdul A`la that he made Hajj one year and he saw the amir of the Hajj in his dream. And in that dream, Allah had forgave the people of the Hajj other than a man who had sinned with a young boy and he ordered the caller to make that clear to the hajj group.

It was related by Ibn Abid-Dunya and others that a man saw in a his dream that Allah had forgave the people of the Hajj group at their location in totality except one man from the people of Balkh and he asked about him until he was brought to him.

He asked about the state of the man and it was mentioned that he was addicted to the regular use of intoxicants. So the man from Balkh came one night while he was in a drunken state and his mother rebuked him while she was stoking the fire to heat up something. Due to this rebuke, he went, grabbed his mother, picked her up and carried her over to the fire. He threw her in until she was burned alive with the embers.

Now think about this! Who is looking to be manumitted from the Fire and then forbids himself from the mercy by staying established upon major sins and burdens they bring. I swear by Allah! You should advise yourself not to walk on a way other than that of Allah and you should rebuke yourself regarding the acts of disobedience as they prevent forgiveness.

Source: Lata’if ul-Ma`arif Fima Li-Mawasim il-`Ami Min Al-Waza’if, pp. 309-310

[1] Surat ul-Hadid (57), ayah 23

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