Among the great seasons of worship are the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, which Allaah has favoured over other days. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and months begin when new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Dhu'l-Hijjah migrates throughout the seasons. It is clear then that these twn (10) days possess tremendous blessings and excellence. Therefore we should spend these ten blessed days and nights in intensive worship and virtuous acts. Therefore we cannot possibly afford to miss out on such immense rewards otherwise we will definitely be in utter regret in the Hereafter.
Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, has said about the first ten days ofD DhulHijjah: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." The people asked, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?" He said, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, 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” Bukhari.
By these words and others indicate that these ten days are better than all other days of the year, just like the last ten nights of Ramadan are the best ten nights out of the year, so 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 the Muslim should start these days with sincere repentance to Allaah, then he should do a lot of righteous deeds in general. What are the righteous deeds that it is recommended to do a lot of during these ten days?
1. Reading The Al-Quran:
Reading the Qur’an is a good deed and Allah (swt) especially loves the good deeds done in these days. Read as much as you can, even if it is a few verses each day.
2. Increase In Nawaafil (extra) Prayers.
There are a number of extra prayers you can observe during the day to increase your worship and good deeds.
It is Sunnah for the Muslim to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) encouraged us to do righteous deeds in the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, and fasting is one of the best of deeds. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah.
4. Remember And Glorify Allah By Reciting Tahmeed, Tahleel And Takbeer A Great Deal.
During the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, saying these words out loud in the mosques, homes, streets and every place in which it is permissible to remember Allaah, to perform this act of worship openly and proclaim the greatness of Allaah. Men should recite out loud and women should recite quietly.
The takbeer is as follows:
Allaah akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Allaahu akbar, wa Lillaah il-hamd (Allaah is Most Great, Allaah is Most Great, there is no god but Allaah; Allaah is Most Great and to Allaah be praise).
5. Performing Hajj And ‘Umrah.
One of the greatest deeds that can be done during these ten days is Hajj to the sacred House of Allaah. Whoever Allaah helps to go on Hajj to His House and do the rituals in the required manner will but as it is this year, very limited people will have the chance to do so due to the coronavirus pandemic.
6. Sacrifice (slaughtering of prescribed animal)
One of the righteous deeds that bring a person closer to Allaah in these ten days is to slaughter the sacrifice and to look for a good, fat animal and to spend money on it for the sake of Allaah. Let us hasten to make the most of these great days, before the negligent regrets what he did, and before he asks to go back and receives no response. And many more good deeds.
Our hearts and prayers are with those undertaking the holy pilgrimage of Hajj during these days. While many of us are unable to make the blessed journey this year, these are many ways for us to reap the blessings of this month.
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