Updated: The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah


The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are of the most blessed days in the entire Muslim Calendar and are on par with the last 10 nights of Ramadan in their importance and virtue. We should all treat these 10 days with the same level of motivation and vigour that we show to the last 10 nights of Ramadan. The following is brief exposition of some of the virtues of these days.

Allah (SWT) refers to these days when He says in His Book:

‘By the Dawn, And ten nights …’ [Qur’an 89, 1-2]

He also mention these as the ‘appointed’ days in the following verse:

‘Remember Allah through the appointed days…’ [Qur’an 2:203]

The Mufassirin (Commentators of the Qur’an) generally state that the above verses relate to the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah.

Virtues of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah:

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“There are no days during which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than these (ten) days.” He was then asked, “Not even jihad in the path of Allah?” He replied, “Not even jihad in the path of Allah, except for a person who goes out with his self and his wealth, and comes back with nothing.”

[Al-Bukhari and others]

What Should I Do to Get the Most Out of These 10 Days? The following is a non exhaustive list of actions to be done in these days taken from some of the Ahadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

  1. Fast the First 9 Days of DHul Hijjah:

One of the wives of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“Allah’s Messenger used to fast the [first] nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, the day of `Ashurah, and three days of each month.”

[Reported by Abu Dawud]

  1. Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah:

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“Fasting the Day of `Arafah expiates for two years, one prior and one forthcoming.”

[Reported by Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, and Ibn Majah]

  1. Making Abundant Du’a in these days and on the Day of ‘Arafah:

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

“The best of supplications are those on the Day of `Arafah.”

[Tirmidhi, Ahmad, Malik, and others]

  1. Make Constant Dhikr of Allah:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“There are no other days that are as great as these in the sight of Allah, the Most Sublime. Nor are there any deeds more beloved to Allah then those that are done in these ten days. So increase in tahlîl (to say lâ illaha illallah), takbîr (to say allahu akbar) and tahmîd (to say alhumdulillâh).”

[Reported by at-Tabarânî in al-Mu’jum al-Kabîr]

  1. Praying in the Night preceding Eid ‘Al Adha

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Whoever stands up (in worship) in the nights preceding the two Eids expecting rewards from his Lord, his heart will not die when the other hearts will die.”

[Reported by Ibn Majah]

  1. Performing the Qurbani (Sacrifice):

Zaid bin Arkam (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked him:

“Oh Prophet of Allah, what is this sacrifice?” He said: “it is the way of your fore father Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him).” They asked: “what (reward) is for us therein?” He replied: “There is a reward for every hair.” They asked: “For the wool, Oh Prophet of Allah?” He replied: “There is one reward for every strand of wool.”

[Related by Ahmed and Ibn Majah]

  1. Groom and Cut Hair / Clip Nails prior to the beginning of the month:

Umm Salamah (May Allah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“When anyone of you intends to sacrifice the animal and enter in the month of Dhul-Hijjah, he should not get his hair cut or nails pared till he has offered his sacrifice.”

[Reported by Muslim]

In addition to the specific deeds noted above, one may also do any other good deeds on these 10 days and reap the reward of multiplied rewards, including the giving of Sadaqah, recitation of Qur’an, Sending Salawat upon the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), attending gatherings of Knowledge & Dhikr and so on and so forth.

Some of the Sources that I have used for the above are linked below:

http://www.central-mosque.com/index.php/Soul/ten-blessed-days-of-dhul-hijjah.html

http://sunnahonline.com/library/hajj-umrah-and-the-islamic-calendar/182-superiority-of-the-first-ten-days-of-dhul-hijjah-the

http://www.albalagh.net/general/zulhijjah.shtml

You may also benefit from the following reminders by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi and Imam Zaid Shakir:

May Allah (SWT) give us the Tawfiq to make the most of these blessed 10 days and grant us to be from amongst the successful in this world and the next.

Abu Zaynah

Dhul Qa’dah 1436

* The month of Dhul Hijjah is due to commence on the15th of September 2015, starting from after Maghrib on Monday 14th September.

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