The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah
As we embark on the first ten days of this blessed month, our thoughts and prayers are with those undertaking the sacred pilgrimage of Hajj during this time. Even if you haven’t had the opportunity to embark on the blessed journey this year, rest assured that there are still numerous ways for you to experience the blessings of these sacred days.
The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah hold immense significance and are often regarded as the best ten days of the year. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days” [Bukhari].
To make the most of these blessed days, here are some valuable tips:
- Read the Quran: Engage in the recitation of the Quran, and read it with the translation to maximise its impact. Even dedicating a few verses each day can accumulate great rewards.
- Increase Nawaafil Prayers: Observe additional voluntary prayers throughout the day to enhance your worship and accumulate more good deeds.
- Engage in Dhikr: Remember Allah abundantly during these days. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “There are no days that are greater before Allah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days. So, recite a great deal of Tahleel, Takbeer, and Tahmeed during them” [Ahmad].
- Tahmeed: Al-hamdu Lillah (All praises be to Allah)
- Tahleel: Laa ilaha ill-Allah (There is no god but Allah)
- Tasbeeh: Subhaan-Allah (Glory be to Allah)
- Seek Forgiveness (Istighfaar): Utilise these blessed days to seek forgiveness for any wrongdoings and sins committed.
- Fasting: It is a Sunnah for Muslims to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, as fasting is among the most virtuous deeds. Additionally, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Fasting the day of `Arafah expiates the sins of two years: the past one and the coming one” [Muslim].
- Give in Charity: Extend acts of charity during these blessed days, contributing as much as you are able to.
- Maintain Ties of Kinship: Upholding the bonds of kinship is among the noblest deeds. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever would like his provision to be increased and his lifespan to be extended, let him maintain the ties of kinship” [Bukhari].
- Qurbani: This is a religious practice of sacrificing an animal during the festival of Eid al-Adha as an act of devotion and gratitude to Allah. It is generally recommended to give the value of one sheep or goat for Qurbani.
May Allah bless us all during these sacred days, and may our actions and worship bring us closer to Him.
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