Dahwul Ardh (The spreading of the Earth)
Extracted from the Book ‘Iqbal al A’mal’ – Translated by Saleem Bhimji
According to a tradition of the Holy Prophet (SAW), Dahwul Ardh - the 25th of Zilqaad, is the day when the earth was spread for the advantage of human beings. This event is mentioned in the Holy Quran (Chapter 79, Verse 30) where Allah (SWT) says
“And the earth, He expanded it after that” What is the importance of this day?
It is said that the Sacred Ka’bah was sent down to Earth on this day and this is also when Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) spread out ALL the land on the Earth under the Ka’bah. According to the same narration, this is also the day when Prophet Adam (peace be with him) was sent to Earth after he and his wife, Hawwah ate from the tree in the ‘Earthly Paradise.’
This day is also the birthday of two great Prophets, Prophet Ibrahim al-Khalil al-Rahman (peace be with him) who is known as the Father of Monotheism as it is from him that the great Prophets came that make up the Jews, Christians and Muslims of today. It is this great Prophet that the Quran refers to as an “Ummah” or a Nation. In addition, the Prophet that the Christians revere, Isa ibn Mariam al-Masih (peace be with him) was born on this blessed day. Not only is he Ruhullah or the Spirit of Allah, but he was made a Prophet when he was still in the cradle.
Benefits of keeping this as a day of worship
A. If a person fasts on this day, it would act as a Kaffarah (Penitence) for his sins of seventy (70) years.
B. According to a Hadith from the Prophet (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family), whoever fasts on this day (25th of Dhul Qa’dah), everything that is between the heavens and the Earth will ask repentance for him from Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him).
C. According to another Hadith narrated in Thawab al-A’mal compiled by Shaykh Saduq, this is also the day that Al-Qaim (may Allah hasten his return) will make his glorious advent.