Thursday, September 25, 2014
Sheikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah رحمه الله was asked
(as mentioned by Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله):
Question: Which is MORE virtuous & beneficial, the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah or the last 10 days of Ramadhan?
Answer: The 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are more virtuous than the last 10 days of Ramadhan, and the last 10 nights of Ramadaan are more virtuous than the last 10 nights of Dhul Hijjah.
Thereafter, his illustrious student and great scholar Ibnul Qayyim رحمه الله commented on this verdict and said,
“And if the intelligent and noble one was to reflect upon this answer, he would find it satisfactory and sufficient. For indeed there are no days (in the year) more beloved to Allaah that righteous actions are done within them than the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, since within them are the days of Ara’faah (9th day of Dhul Hijjah) and the day of Nahr (10th day) and the day of Tarwiyah (8th day). As for the 10 nights of Ramadhan they are the nights of revitalization which the Messenger صلّى اللَّهُ عليه وسلّم used to be up and awake within them all, and within it is a night which is better than a 1000 months. So, whoever answers without such an elaboration then he is incapable to prove his statement with authentic evidences.”
[Taken from the book Bada’ee Al-Fawaaid of Ibnul Qayyim, under the chapter, ‘The preference between Aa’isha & Faatimah’]