Don’t Miss Out on the Best Ten Days of the Year
Our top tips to help you make the most of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah.
Sadly, because of the global pandemic, many of us will not be able to fulfil our intention for Hajj this year. We want to help you reap the blessings of this important month during these unprecedented times. So, here’s a list of our top tips to help you make the most of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, wherever you are in the world.
This year’s Hajj pilgrimage has been scaled back dramatically, with only 1000 pilgrims already residing within Saudi Arabia able to attend. It is a time of sadness knowing Allah’s (swt) Holy House will be inaccessible to millions of Muslims during Hajj for the first time in centuries.
But we do not have to be at the Kaaba to be with Allah (swt). This Dhul Hijjah, let us unite in spirit with our brothers and sisters around the world to honour these days that Allah (swt) has deemed blessed:
There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days [of Dhul Hijjah]. (Sunan Ibn Majah)
The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are considered to be the best ten days of the year, more valuable for the believers even than the last ten days of Ramadan. And yet so many of us who strive hard over the 30-day fast miss out on this opportunity to draw nearer to Allah (swt).
Every Muslim knows that our beloved Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) final sermon took place on Mount Arafat on the Day of Arafah, the 9th of Dhul Hijjah 632. This was also the day that our religion of Islam was perfected by Allah (swt), as stated in the verse that was revealed at that time:
This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you. -The Holy Qur’an 05:03
For these reasons, believers, scholars and those most beloved to Allah (swt) dedicate themselves to voluntary acts of worship and fasting at this time, in addition to offering Qurbani.
In a Tirmidhi narrated hadith, the Prophet (pbuh) is reported to have said that fasting on any of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah was equivalent to fasting for one year. When his companions asked him about fasting on the day of Arafah, he said:
Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.
Perform The Night Prayer
Also known as ‘Tahajjud’, the voluntary Night Prayer is usually performed in the last third of the night. There are numerous hadiths about the excellence of the Night Prayer, but performing it in in the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah comes with greater blessings. The Prophet (pbuh)said:
To offer salatul tahajjud [night prayer] during one of its nights is like performing the late night prayer on the night of power. [Lailatul Qadr]. (Tirmidhi)
Salawat is the invocation of peace and blessings upon the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). There are numerous hadiths about the benefits of reciting Salawat, while its importance is highlighted in the Holy Qur’an as follows:
Verily, God and His angels bless the Prophet: [hence,] O you who have attained to faith, bless him and give yourselves up [to his guidance] in utter self-surrender! -The Holy Qur’an 33:56
The Takbeer Tashreeq goes as follows:
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, laa ilaha ill-Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillahi’l hamd.
Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, there is no god but Allah, Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, and to Allah belongs praise.
The common practice is to recite the Takbeer Tashreeq after our five daily prayers. In the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, believers are instructed to increase their remembrance of Allah (swt) and glorify to Him. This practice should begin at Fajr Prayer on the day of Arafah (9th of Dhul Hijjah), and continue until after Asr Prayer on the last day of Eid (the 13th of Dhul Hijjah).
Sadaqah stems from the Arabic root word ‘sidq’, meaning sincerity, and giving Sadaqah is considered a sign of sincere faith. Among its liberal rewards to the giver is Baraka, the increase of one’s wealth and health.
On these days when righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah (swt) than any other time, the rewards for giving charity in the form of Sadaqah must also be multiplied exponentially:
For those who give in Charity, men and women, and loan to Allah a Beautiful Loan, it shall be increased manifold (to their credit), and they shall have [besides] a liberal reward. -The Holy Qur’an 57:18Give Sadaqah Now
Qurbani is the religious practice of sacrificing livestock during Eid ul-Adha. It is a tradition that comes to us from the Prophet Ibrahim (as) and his son Ismail (as). The four main schools of thought rule that Qurbani is either necessary – wajib, or highly recommended but voluntary – sunnah mu’akkadah, for every Muslim who is of sane mind and has reached the age of puberty, and, has a level of wealth beyond the current nisab threshold. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:
A believer who preforms Qurbani in sincerity will reap a reward for every hair of the animal he/she sacrifices. (Tirmidhi)
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