Dhul Hijjah is the 12th and final month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. It literally translates to ‘Month of Pilgrimage’, as it is the month in which millions of Muslims from all over the world perform the worship of Hajj. The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are of specific importance to Muslims.
Allah (SW) made an oath by the first 10 Days of Dhul-Hijjah, showing its sacredness, in the following verses:
“By the dawn. And by the ten nights” Surah Al Fajr, Verse 1-2
The sacredness of these days is further revealed in the Hadith of ibn ‘Abbas, where he narrates that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
There are no days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days (first ten days of Dhul- Hijjah). They said: “O Messenger of Allah! Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah?” He said: “Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah, unless a man goes out with himself and his wealth and does not bring anything back.
This Hadith highlights the greatness of worship done during the blessed days. So what are some of the worships that can be completed during these days?
Fasting is one the main worships that bring a believer closer to his lord. Muslims are recommended to fast the first 9 days of the month, especially on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, which is known as the Day of Arafah. The prophet of Allah mentioned an amazing reward specifically for the one who fasts on the day of Arafah:
Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on ‘Ashura, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years.
NB: One should not fast on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, as this is the day of Eid, a day of celebration for the Muslims.
2. Qurban Sacrifice
The Qurban (‘Udhiya) is the slaughter of a sacrificial animal on the 10th, 11th or 12th of Dhul Hijjah.
3. Increase in Good Deeds
Try to pray all Sunnah prayers, increase in recitation of the Quran, say your morning and afternoon athkar (supplications) and give in Charity.
These 10 days are an excellent opportunity to get into good habits and earn massive rewards.