Why does Allah SWT make Dzulhijjah the Special Moon?

Allah SWT honours the first 10 days of Dhu’l-Hijjah. This is as narrated by Bukhari and Muslim from Ibn ‘Abbas.

 

“There are no days for righteousness, which allah, the All-mighty, the All-mighty, the All-wise.

 

 “It means that those days are the first 10 days of Dhu’l-Hijjah,” said Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradhawi in his book “100 Q&A of Hajj Umrah”.

 

The question is why does Allah SWT put the day first today?  Shaykh Yusuf answered that the first problem of prioritizing, giving specificity, and specialization is a divine matter which is the absolute authority of Allah SWT.

 

And Allah is Ever All-Greater in Respect of The Day than Any Other Day. “God has the right to put a certain place over another,” he said.

 

 For example, Allah has preferred the Holy Mosque over other mosques. Allah also prioritizes three mosques, namely the Grand Mosque, The Prophet’s Mosque and Al Aqsa Mosque rather than other mosques in the world. “And it is not permissible to travel far in order to visit the mosque except the three mosques,” he said.

 

Allah SWT also assesses the reward of one prayer in the Grand Mosque is the same as 100 thousand times in other mosques, except in the Prophet’s Mosque and Al Aqsa Mosque.

 

 The reward of praying once in the Prophet’s Mosque is the same as 1,000 times in other mosques and, the reward of one prayer at the Masjid al-Aqsa is the same as 500 times in other mosques.  

 

“Allah also prefers Makkah and Medina over other places. That’s what the place is about,” he said.

 

As for the person, God puts the prophets ahead of the people in general. And Allah has preferred some prophets over others.

 

Related to the choice of all the will of Allah SWT is in surah Al Baqarah verse 253 which means.

تِلْكَ الرُّسُلُ فَضَّلْنَا بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ ۘ مِنْهُمْ مَنْ كَلَّمَ اللَّهُ ۖ وَرَفَعَ بَعْضَهُمْ دَرَجَاتٍ

 

“We have preferred some of them above others. Some of them He spoke directly with him, and some of them He raised them to a high degree.”

 

So the word Sheikh Yusuf is the authority of God to put, choose, and give to the same specific as His Word in sura Al Qasas verse 68:

وَرَبُّكَ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَاءُ وَيَخْتَارُ ۗ مَا كَانَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ

“And your Lord creates whatever He wills and chooses. There was no choice for them.”

 

Allah chooses certain people, chooses certain places, and chooses certain days according to what he drives, because of secrets that only he knows for himself.  Sometimes God explains His secrets.

 

For example, why Allah prefers Ramadan over other months. Allah says in sura al-Baqarah verse 185. Also why does Allah prioritize Laylat al-Qadr night of glory over other nights?

 

Allah explains the secret, because on that night the Qur’an was revealed, as He said in sura Al-Qadr verse 1

 

 These are the first 10 days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, which is the month that Allah has preferred, because the first two things of Dhu’l-Hijjah are important months compared to other sacred months. With Allah the sacred months are more important than the other months and this is as recorded in sura At tawbah verse 36.

 

Secondly, the month of Dhu’l-Hijjah itself contains two very important things, namely ida including the months of hajj and the sacred months. Allah SWT in sura Al Baqarah verse 197 says:

 

الْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَعْلُومَاتٌ 

 “The hajj season is the most understandable month.”

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