Dhul Hijjah: What to do for the first 10 days of Hajj

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What to do for the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

Today, August 23, 2017, marks the first day of the Dhul Hijjah. Make sure you use these 10 days to enhance your spiritual life.

Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar, is here.

This month is very sacred as it marks the time of Hajj (pilgrimage).

 

While all the days of this month are special, the first 10 are believed to be extra special because of the great virtues associated with it.

According to the Qur’an, deeds done during these days are superior to those that are done on other days.

Ibn Abbas narrates that the Prophet said: “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).” Then some companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Not even Jihad?” He replied, “Not even Jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah’s sake) and does not return with any of those things.” (Tirmidhi)

Having said this, here are 10 things you can do during this cherished period.

1. The annual pilgrimage (Hajj).

2. Fast: During these ten days, Muslims are advised to fast. However, it is very important to do this on the 9th day, the day of Arafah. On this day, pilgrims gather in Arafah and pray for forgiveness from noon till sunset. By God’s will, this will expunge the sins of last year, as well as the new year.

 

This belief is supported by what Prophet Muhammad said: “The observance of three days’ fast every month and that of Ramadan every year is equivalent to fasting for the entire year. I seek from Allah that fasting on the day of ‘Arafah may atone for the sins of the preceding and the coming years, and I seek from Allah that fasting on the day of ‘Ashura’ may atone for the sins of the preceding year.”

3. Sacrifice: On the last day of Dhul Hijjah, it is recommended for all Muslims to perform a sacrifice. This is for those that can afford it. The prophet said: “No human performs an act most pleasing to Allah on the day of slaughtering as shedding the blood of animals of sacrifice” {Tirmidhi}.

4. Chant Takbir, Tahlil and Tahmid: According to different narrations, the Prophet and his companions used to recite Allahu Akbar, Subhan Allah and Alhamdulillah throughout the first ten days and nights of Dhul Hijjah. They did this loudly, individually and frequently until Eid prayer.

The Prophet (PBUH) also said: “There is no day wherein an act is more rewarding as the ten days (of Dhul-hijjah), increase therein the Tasbeeh, the Tahleel and the Takbeer”.

5. Dhikr: Seemingly ‘idle’ moments are the perfect time to do this since it is a very easy act of worship. It involves certain utterances like Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah) and the recitation of verses of the Quran. Dhikr also encompasses actions that are in accordance with His will.

 

Ultimately, Ibn Al-Qayyim suggests that dhikr is “any and every particular moment when you are thinking, saying or doing things which Allah likes”.

6. Sadaqah: This type of almsgiving is a sign of sincerity of faith. It is voluntary.

7. Zakat (almsgiving): This is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is given out of the surplus wealth or earnings.

8. Lots of prayers: Be early to prayers, pray the late night prayer in the last third of the night, and say the sunnah prayers after sunrise.

 

Thawbaan said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him said: “ Make frequent prostrations before Allah, for you will not make one prostration without raising you a degree because of it, and removing a sin from you “(Narrated by Muslim).

9. Seek forgiveness and forgive others: Allah says: “And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.” (9: 31)

10. Have the right intention: The Prophet said: “The intention of a Muslim is better than his action.” This verse is why this is the last thing on this list. Without the right intention, there is no need to have done these things. Thus, always ensure that your intention is right.

These ten days have begun. Today, August 23, 2017, marks the first day of the Dhul Hijjah. Be sure to use this month for good things.

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