“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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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
Allah is Great
La illaha il Allah
There is no God, but Allah
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
Allah is Great, Allah is Great
to Him belongs all Praise"