Zu’l-Hijjah Arabic Month

  • Among the special seasons of worship are the first ten days of Zu’l-Hijjah, which Allaah has preferred over all the other days of the year including the days of Ramadan. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said:  

“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.”

These are for sure the best 10 days in life ever. They are the most sacred days of the year. Allaah swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit. “By the Dawn, And ten nights, And the Even and the Odd.”

Ibn Katheer, may Allah have mercy on his soul, said: “It means the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah as it is said by Ibn Abbas, Ibn Az-Zobair, Mujahid and others and it is reported by Al-Imam Al-Bukhari”

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of Al-Adha”. It was asked, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” The Prophet (PBUH) replied, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for Jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” Narrated by Al-Bukhari

 Allah, May He be exalted,   gave us opportunities to get rewards and blessings every day of the year. The first ten days of Dhul-Hijja carry special status during the blessed month of “Pilgrimage.” The above Hadith of the Prophet stresses on the importance of these ten days in the sight of Allah and the amplified reward for all good deeds during this blessed season.

Just like the last ten nights of Ramadan are the best ten nights out of the year, these first ten days of Dhul-Hijja are the best days of the year and the most beloved to Allah as they combine acts of worship in a way unlike any other time.

So, everyone should ask himself how he can best utilize these days to get the greatest Reward from Allah. The following are some examples of how to make use of these days


  • Praying

As for the obligatory prayers, we should keep praying them on their due times and in Jama3a (with other Muslims). We should also increase the prayers of Nawafel (supererogatory prayer which were performed by Prophet Muhammad (prayer and peace of Allah be upon him). These are the best way to make good deeds with Allah. The Prophet (PBUH) says: “You should prostrate a lot to Allah as with every prostration you make, He raises your rank for one degree and drops one of your sins.” [Reported by Muslim] and this is appropriate at any time.


  • Perform Hajj (Pilgrimage)
     Obviously, Hajj is one of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days. However for those of us who were not invited to His House this year, there are still many more ways to earn the pleasure of Allah.
  • Fast all nine days and especially on the ‘Day of Arafah’

The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

The Prophet (PBUH) used to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijja and he said: “Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah (ninth Dhul-Hijja) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year.” (Muslim)  

  


  • Repent

One of the most important things to do during these ten days is to repent sincerely to Allaah and to give up all kinds of disobedience and sin. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Says “The one who repent of a sin is like a new born baby (person without any sins or evil dded)”. If a Muslim commits a sin, he must hasten to repent at once, without delay, firstly because he does not know when he will die, and secondly because one evil deed leads to another. Although repentence is obligatory at all times, but when the Muslim combines sincere repentance with good deeds during the days of most virtue, this is a sign of success, in sha Allaah.


  • Recite the Holy Quraan

It is time to start reading the Holy Quran again. Set up a beautiful new start with the book of Allah. Recite its verses and you will for sure gain its blessings. Understand its meaning. Apply the commandments of this book in your life. This relationship with the Quran will open for you the doors of wisdom and happiness in your life. This will ultimately lead to guidance and success in this life and the Hereafter.


  • Sacrifice

One of the good deeds that will bring a person closer to Allaah during these ten days is offering a sacrifice, by choosing a high-quality animal and fattening it, spending money for the sake of Allaah. Ibn Umar said: “The Prophet (PBUH) lived in Madeenah for ten years and every year he slaughtered an animal.” (Ahmad-Saheeh by al-Albaani)


  • Remembrance of Allah

Do you want to be remembered in the sky?? Do you want to make angels write your name and be well known up there? Do you want to be mentioned by Allah?? This can be definitely achieved by mentioning the name of Allah. The followings are some Takbeerat that can be repeated by you within these days;

"Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar

Allah is Great, Allah is Great

Allahu Akbar

Allah is Great

La illaha il Allah

There is no God, but Allah

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar

Allah is Great, Allah is Great

walilahil Hamd

to Him belongs all Praise"