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“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.”

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

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Dhul Hijjah

Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, is a time of increased spirituality for Muslims worldwide. The beloved month of Dhul Hijjah brings many blessings and holds great significance in the Islamic year. It is a time when Muslims come together, regardless of their backgrounds, to worship Allah (SWT).

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah hold a special place in the hearts of believers due to the increased rewards and blessings for enacting good deeds in this time.


The Blessed Days of Dhul Hijjah

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are considered to be among the most sacred days of the entire year. These ten days hold great significance for the entire Muslim community and are eagerly awaited by believers worldwide.

"There are no days in this world in which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Fasting on one of these days is equivalent to fasting for a year, and one night of them is equal to Laylat al-Qadr" - [Bukhari]

During the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims are encouraged to engage in various good deeds, acts of worship, and remembrance of Allah. These sacred days provide an excellent opportunity for believers to earn immense rewards and draw closer to Allah through their devotion and sincerity.

Devout Muslims offer prayers and worship Allah (SWT) during the first ten nights of Dhul Hijjah to please Allah (SWT) and gain the great rewards that He offers to us in this blessed time.


The Importance of Dhikr

During the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah certain acts of worship hold great importance and significance. Among these acts are Tahmeed, Tahleel, and Tasbeeh, and Takbir which are forms of Dhikr (remembrance) and glorification of God. These acts play a vital role in deepening faith and fostering a profound connection with the Almighty during this blessed period.

The Importance of Dhikir

Tahmeed (Praising Allah)

Uttering "Al hamdu lillah," which means "All praise and thanks be to Allah," during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah is a powerful act of gratitude. These blessed days are a time of divine mercy and forgiveness, and by praising Allah, Muslims express their appreciation for His blessings and seek His continued favour.

The Importance of Dhikir

Tahleel (Declaring the Oneness of Allah)

The declaration "Laa ilaaha ill Allah" (or "Laa ilaha ill Allah"), which means "There is no god but Allah," holds profound significance during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. This period coincides with the Hajj pilgrimage, and Muslims who are not performing Hajj are encouraged to engage in this declaration as well, reinforcing their commitment to Allah and acknowledging His oneness.

The Importance of Dhikir

Tasbeeh (Glorifying Allah)

The recitation of "Subhaan Allah," which means "Glory be to Allah," is a way to glorify Allah's name and affirm His greatness. Engaging in Tasbeeh during these sacred days purifies the heart and draws one closer to Allah (SWT), allowing them to experience the spiritual blessings that come with heightened devotion.

The Importance of Dhikir

Takbir (Expressing the Greatness of Allah)

The phrase "Allahu Akbar" is a powerful declaration of the greatness and majesty of Allah. During the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims repeatedly recite Takbir to proclaim the infinite greatness of our Creator. This act of glorification instils a sense of awe and reverence, reminding Muslims of Allah's supreme attributes and His omnipotence.

Fasting During the First Nine Days

Fasting during the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah is a voluntary act of worship, and a Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad that holds immense spiritual reward in Islam. The tenth day of Dhul Hijjah is the day of Eid al-Adha and is prohibited for fasting, the preceding nine days offer a valuable opportunity for Muslims to engage in additional acts of devotion and draw closer to Allah.


The Holy Pilgrimage of Hajj

The most significant event of Dhul Hijjah is the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam, which is undertaken from the 8th to the 12th or 13th of Dhul Hijjah. During this blessed month, millions of Muslims embark on the sacred journey to the holy city of Makkah to fulfil their obligation of Hajj. Hajj is a profound spiritual experience, as pilgrims perform various rituals of worship that symbolise submission, sacrifice, and unity in the sight of Allah.

Hajj is a blessed journey undertaken solely for Allah's sake. The pilgrimage serves as a reminder of the devotion and sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim and his family. It is a time for believers to cleanse their souls and seek Allah's pleasure. During Hajj all the deeds that we enact are done with the intentions of remembering Allah and strengthening our faith in Him.


The Day of Arafah

One of the most crucial days during the Hajj pilgrimage is the blessed Day of Arafah, which falls on the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah. On this day, pilgrims gather at the plain of Arafat to engage in prayers, supplications, and seek forgiveness from Allah (SWT). It is a day of immense spirituality and a time when Allah's mercy and forgiveness are abundant.

Fasting on this day, even for those not performing Hajj, holds great significance and is highly recommended due to the immense rewards to be gained. “Fasting the day of Arafah expiates the sins of two years: the past one and the coming one.” - [Muslim]

The immense reward that Allah offers us on this sacred day is testament to the importance of the Day of Arafah. This Hadith highlights the generosity of Allah as he offers to wipe clean the sins of two years for fasting for a single day, such is the mercy of Allah (SWT).

Eid al-Adha

One of the two very special events that occur during Dhul Hijjah is Eid al-Adha (or Eid ul-Adha), the other is the holy pilgrimage of Hajj. Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah. It commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his beloved son, Ismail, as an act of obedience to Allah's command. Allah, in His mercy, provided a ram as a substitute sacrifice. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid by praying the Eid salah and performing the Qurbani sacrifice and distributing the meat to those in need, symbolising selflessness, devotion, and unity in the Muslim ummah.


The Significance of Charity and Giving

Giving charity (Sadaqah) during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah brings tremendous blessings. Many scholars emphasise the importance of helping those in need during this blessed time. Muslims are encouraged to share their wealth and resources with the less fortunate, reflecting the spirit of sacrifice and generosity exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim.


Seeking Allah's Forgiveness and Mercy

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are a time for sincere repentance, increased spirituality, and seeking Allah's forgiveness. Muslims are encouraged to reflect on their actions and strive to rectify their deeds during this holy month. The Day of Arafah, in particular, is a day of immense mercy and forgiveness, providing believers with a chance to have their sins forgiven by Allah (SWT).

The Anticipation of the Coming Year

As Dhul Hijjah comes to an end, Muslims look forward to the coming year with hope and determination. The spiritual growth and lessons learned during this sacred month become the foundation for their journey of faith in the following months. The blessings and rewards earned during Dhul Hijjah serve as a reminder of Allah's generosity and love for His creation.

Dhul Hijjah is a blessed and sacred month in the Islamic calendar, filled with two very special events: Eid al-Adha and the Hajj pilgrimage. During the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims are encouraged to engage in righteous deeds, acts of worship, and remembrance of Allah. These blessed days are an opportunity for believers to draw closer to Allah (SWT) and seek His forgiveness and mercy. By performing acts of charity, unity, and selflessness, Muslims reflect the teachings of Prophet Ibrahim and strengthen their bond with the global Muslim community.

As the blessed month of Dhul Hijjah concludes, believers eagerly await the next year, armed with the spiritual growth and lessons learned during this sacred time.

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