Dhul Hijjah is the Islamic calendar’s twelfth month. A month of increased spirituality, including the Hajj, the day of Arafah, and Eid al-Adha, which are all very special events in devotion to Allah; a blessed month for both pilgrims and non-pilgrims alike. Allah has chosen the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah as a special time for worship and to be rewarded manifoldly. By His infinite mercy, Allah has given His Ummah numerous chances to increase their rewards. These days are so holy that Allah swears an oath to their sanctity. “By the dawn; by the ten nights.” [The Noble Qur’an, 89:1-2]. “And Allah also reminds us: Remember Allah during the appointed days.” [The Noble Qur’an, 2:203]
Thus, it is imperative that we increase our acts of worship during these days. There are no days more beloved to Allah than these (ten) days, as the Prophet (SAW) proclaimed. The importance of these ten days cannot be overstated, as the rewards for every good deed we do are multiplied. This not only improves our standing in Allah’s eyes, but it also allows us to continue to be good Muslims by developing the habit of doing good deeds.
Best Practices During the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah
It is essential to begin these days with the intention of pleasing Allah. We will be able to maintain our motivation and make the most of these blessed days if we have an intention that is both clear and focused.
Fasting is highly recommended during the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah, particularly on the day of Arafah. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “Fasting on the day of Arafah absolves the sins of the previous year and the coming year.” (Muslim)
Muslims are encouraged to recite the Takbeer after each of the five daily prayers during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. The Takbeer is “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La Ilaha Ill-Allah, Allahu Akbar, Wa Lillahi Al Hamd.” This is a means of remembering and praising Allah and expressing gratitude for His blessings.
During these times, it is highly recommended that you pray extra prayers like, Tahajjud, and Ishraq. Also, if you have the means and ability to do so, you should go on the Hajj pilgrimage.
Donate to Charity on Dhul Hijjah
Giving to charity is always a commendable deed in Islam, but during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, the rewards of Dhul Hijjah donations are even greater. One can show kindness in many ways, such as by giving money or helping someone who needs it. We can also give money to a charity, help a neighbor who is in trouble, or feed the hungry.
Reciting the Quran
During the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, reciting the Quran is a highly revered act of worship. During this time, Muslims should make it a priority to read as much of the Quran as they can and think deeply about how to put the book’s teachings into practice in their daily lives.
Doing Good Deeds
During this time, doing acts of kindness, such as visiting the sick, giving to the poor, and being generally helpful, can increase one’s good deeds and earn a reward.
It’s also a good time to seek Allah’s forgiveness for past wrongdoings. Muslims should use this chance to truly ask for forgiveness because Allah is the most merciful and forgiving of all.
Avoiding Sinful Acts
During this time, we need to be conscious of what we are doing and steer clear of any behaviors that would be considered sinful. This includes refraining from engaging in negative acts such as backbiting, lying, and any conflict. By avoiding sin, we can purify our hearts and increase our good deeds.
Helping the less fortunate, visiting the sick, and being nice to loved ones and everyone around us are all great ways to demonstrate compassion and kindness during this time. These actions will bring us closer to Allah and the people around us.
So, by worshiping, giving, forgiving, and doing good during these holiest 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, we can gain Allah’s ultimate rewards. This time is also a reminder of Prophet Ibrahim’s (Peace Be Upon Him) sacrifice and submission to Allah during the Hajj pilgrimage.