First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah: The Best 10 Days of the Year

Introduction to Dhul Hijjah and its Significance in Islam

Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar, holds immense significance for Muslims around the world. It is a time of heightened spirituality, acts of worship, and reflection. This sacred month encompasses numerous important events, with the first ten days being considered the best ten days of the year. Good deeds during these ten days hold more reward than other times.

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The First Ten Days: Historical and Religious Background

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are considered the most sacred days of the Islamic year. According to Islamic tradition, these days are blessed and hold more virtue than any other days. Allah (SWT) swears by these days in Surah Al-Fajr: "By the dawn; And [by] ten nights" (Quran 89:1-2). Scholars interpret these ten nights to refer to the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.

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The Days of Hajj

Historically, these days are significant due to various events:

  • Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) Sacrifice: This period commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son Ismail (Ishmael) as an act of obedience to Allah.
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Where Does Hajj Take Place?​

The Hajj Pilgrimage: These days are integral to the Hajj pilgrimage, one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Pilgrims from all corners of the globe gather in Makkah to perform a series of rituals, culminating in the Day of Arafat and Eid al-Adha.

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Spiritual Significance and Importance of Good Deeds

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah offer Muslims a unique opportunity to earn immense rewards. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days” (Bukhari).

Engaging in good deeds during these days is highly encouraged, including:

  • FastingFasting on the first nine days, and especially on the Day of Arafat, is highly meritorious.
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  • Prayer:Performing the five daily prayers with increased devotion and adding extra voluntary prayers (nawafil).
  • A person seated on a patterned prayer rug in a mosque, raising a finger during prayer, signifying a part of the Islamic prayer ritual.

  • Quran Recitation: Dedicating time to read, understand, and reflect on the Quran.
  • A person's hand pointing to a verse in an open Quran, highlighted by the intricate detail and colorful text of the scripture.

  • Charity: Giving to those in need is particularly rewarding during these days.
  • Two hands, one passing a coin to another, symbolizing the act of giving zakat or charity.

  • Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah): Increasing the recitation of phrases like "SubhanAllah," "Alhamdulillah," "Allahu Akbar," and "La ilaha illallah."
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    Practical Tips for Making the Most of the First Ten Days

    To fully benefit from the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, consider these practical tips:

    1. Set Clear Intentions: Begin with sincere intentions to seek Allah's pleasure through your actions.

    2. Plan Your Worship: Create a daily schedule that includes time for fasting, prayer, Quran recitation, and dhikr.

    3. Engage in Charity: Plan charitable activities, whether it's donating money, food, or your time to help those in need.

    4. Limit Distractions: Minimize activities that distract you from worship, such as excessive screen time or unnecessary socializing.

    5. Family Involvement: Encourage your family members to participate in acts of worship and charity, fostering a spiritually enriching environment at home.

    The Day of Arafat: Significance and Recommended Acts

    The Day of Arafat, the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah, is the pinnacle of the first ten days. It is the day when pilgrims stand on the plain of Arafat, seeking Allah's forgiveness and making du'a (supplication). For non-pilgrims, fasting on this day is highly recommended, as the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "It expiates the sins of the previous year and the coming year" (Muslim).

    Mount Arafah

    Recommended Acts on the Day of Arafat:

    • Fasting: Fast from dawn till dusk to gain the immense rewards promised.

    • Du'a and Istighfar: Spend the day in earnest supplication, asking for forgiveness and seeking Allah's mercy.

    • Increased Worship: Engage in additional voluntary prayers and Quran recitation.

    Celebrating Eid al-Adha

    Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah. This joyous occasion commemorates Prophet Ibrahim's (AS) devotion and willingness to sacrifice his son at Allah's command. In honor of his unwavering faith, Muslims around the world perform Qurbani (sacrifice) by slaughtering an animal and distributing the meat among family, friends, and the needy.

    Traditions of Eid al-Adha:

    • Performing Qurbani: This act of sacrifice symbolizes submission to Allah's will and provides sustenance to those in need.

    • Attending the Eid Prayer: Muslims gather for a special prayer and sermon, fostering community spirit and unity.

    • Celebrating with Family: Eid al-Adha is a time for family gatherings, sharing meals, and exchanging gifts.

    Final Thoughts

    The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are a golden opportunity for Muslims to draw closer to Allah and earn immense rewards. As we embrace the blessings of these sacred days, let us commit to continuing our good deeds beyond this period.

    We at MWC encourage you to perform your Qurbani with us and support our local projects during these blessed days. Together, we can make a meaningful impact on our community and beyond.

    May Allah accept our efforts and grant us His mercy and forgiveness. Ameen.
    By following this guide and making the most of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, you can elevate your spiritual journey and enrich your faith. Share this blog post with your friends and family to spread the blessings and inspire others to maximize their rewards during this sacred period.

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