Welcome to the month of Dhul Qadah, a time to embrace tranquillity and reflection.

As the Islamic calendar ushers in the 11th month, Dhul Qadah, Muslims worldwide embark on a journey of spiritual renewal and introspection.

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Derived from the Arabic word “Qudah,” meaning “to sit,” Dhul Qadah beckons believers to pause, contemplate, and strengthen their bond with Allah. It’s a sacred time marked by deep spiritual significance and devotion. 

The Sacred Significance of Dhul Qadah 

Dhul Qadah follows the joyous celebrations of Shawwal, extending the spiritual journey beyond the holy month of Ramadan. As Muslims reflect on the sanctity of Dhul Qadah, they endeavour to deepen their devotion and draw closer to Allah through acts of worship and righteous deeds. 

Photo: Open Jumuah at Ramadan Pavilion 2023 by Acacia Diana for Ramadan Tent Project

In Islamic tradition, Dhul Qadah is one of the four sacred months, during which warfare is prohibited, emphasising peace and spiritual growth. Alongside Dhul Hijjah, Muharram, and Rajab, Dhul Qadah symbolises a period of sanctity and reverence, fostering a sense of unity and tranquillity among believers. 

Devotion and Spiritual Practices in Dhul Qadah 

As believers enter Dhul Qadah, it’s a time to renew commitment to spiritual growth and righteousness. Embracing extra prayers, Quranic recitation, and acts of charity become paramount, nurturing a deeper connection with Allah. Following the Sunnah of fasting on Mondays and Thursdays and reflecting on the significance of Hajj further enriches this sacred journey. 

Preparing for the Blessed Day of Arafah

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As Dhul Qadah progresses, anticipation builds for the blessed Day of Arafah. A time of forgiveness and mercy, it prompts believers to mark their calendars and prepare their hearts for this auspicious occasion. In Dhul Qadah, prioritising seeking knowledge and engaging in self-reflection become instrumental in deepening understanding of faith and practice, fostering spiritual growth and enlightenment. 

Seizing the Opportunity of the White Days 

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The White Days, occurring on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of Dhul Qadah, offer believers an opportunity for additional spiritual endeavour. Fasting during these days holds immense significance, as narrated by Abu Dharr, reinforcing the importance of devotion and perseverance in faith. 

In conclusion, Dhul Qadah embodies a period of spiritual rejuvenation and enlightenment, inviting believers to deepen their connection with Allah and strive for excellence in faith and deeds.

May the serenity of Dhul Qadah guide us on a journey of enlightenment and spiritual fulfilment.