First Ten Days Of Dhul Hijjah: How You Can Take Advantage

First Ten Days Of Dhul Hijjah: How You Can Take Advantage

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are here. Which, by the way, are the ten best days of the Islamic year.

Narrated Ibn `Abbas:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijja).” Then some companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) 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.” Sahih al-Bukhari

Don’t let this opportunity go to waste!

During the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, we need to make sure that we’re really fulfilling our fard obligations. Then we can work on stopping our haram habits and developing the habit of doing optional good deeds.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can make the most out of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, read on.

Focus On Fard First

Allah loves when we fulfil our fard obligations the most.

Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Allah said, ‘I will declare war against him who shows hostility to a pious worshipper of Mine. And the most beloved things with which My slave comes nearer to Me, is what I have enjoined upon him; and My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (praying or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him…” Sahih al-Bukhari

Praying Fajr (Morning Prayer) On Time

Are we praying Fajr on time? What are our excuses? Write them down.

Common excuses include:

  • “I was working late the night before. Slept in.”
  • “It was too cold to get out of bed.”
  • “I slept through my alarm.”
  • “My spouse/family member/roommate failed to wake me up.”
  • “I was running late for my morning shift. Didn’t have time to pray.”

Then work out strategies on how to avoid these problems:

  • Ask your boss for reduced hours or earlier finishing times at work.
  • Change job or career.
  • Work on building motivation. Remind yourself of Jannah and Jahannam.
  • Invest in a heater which you can place next to your bed.

Learn an Arabic du’a (supplication) for waking up. Get into the habit of reciting it upon waking up.

Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “During your sleep, Satan knots three knots at the back of the head of each of you, and he breathes the following words at each knot, ‘The night is, long, so keep on sleeping,’ If that person wakes up and celebrates the praises of Allah, then one knot is undone, and when he performs ablution the second knot is undone, and when he prays, all the knots are undone, and he gets up in the morning lively and in good spirits, otherwise he gets up in low spirits and lethargic.” Sahih al-Bukhari

Visualise these three knots each time you wake up in the morning. Allow it to motivate you to perform wudu (ablution for prayer) and pray Fajr on time.

Quit Bad Habits

Abstaining from haram (what Allah has made unlawful) is the next important thing to focus on.

The first step to stopping haram habits is to realize that you’re violating Allah’s command.

Get out that diary again. Record your day each day. Document as many things as you can and keep it as detailed as possible.

Identify the patterns in your regular routine that need to change. You can then start to make a plan on how to stop haram habits.

Make tawbah. Tawbah is recognising that you have done something haram and then striving to give up your bad deed for the sake of Allah.

Allah accepts sincere repentance of the believers.

Ask Allah For Forgiveness

Allah loves those who are constantly repentant.

And they ask you about menstruation. Say, “It is harm, so keep away from wives during menstruation. And do not approach them until they are pure. And when they have purified themselves, then come to them from where Allah has ordained for you. Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves. Qur’an 2:222

One thing we can do is make du’a like Prophet Adam (peace be upon him).

They said, “Our Lord, we have wronged ourselves, and if You do not forgive us and have mercy upon us, we will surely be among the losers.” Qur’an 7:23

Avoid Cutting Hair And Nails During The First Ten Days Of Dhul Hijjah

Umm Salama reported Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) as saying:
If anyone of you intends to offer sacrifice he should not get his hair cut or nails trimmed. Sahih Muslim

Get organised before the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah comes along. Then you can put away the nail file, shaver, wax and tweezers in order to get hasanat (credit for good deeds).

Increase Dhikr

First Ten Days Of Dhul Hijjah

Throughout the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, increase in dhikr (remembrance of Allah).

Recite the following as frequently as possible (whenever it’s permissible to remember Allah):

  • Tahlil (La Ilaha Illallah)
  • Takbir (Allahu Akbar)
  • Tahmid (Alhamdulillah)

Fill the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah with dhikr. Grab a tasbih, a counter or an app on your phone to assist you if you need.

Muhammad b. Abu Bakr al-Thaqafi asked Anas b. Malik (Allah be pleased with him), while on their way from Mina to ‘Arafa in the morning:
What did you do on this day in the company of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)? Thereupon he said: One of us pronounced Tahlil, and he met with no disapproval, and one of us pronounced Takbir, and he also met with no disapproval. Sahih Muslim

Dhikr is a virtuous deed.

Humaidah bint Yasir narrated from her grandmother Yusairah – and she was one of those who emigrated – she said:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to us: ‘Hold fast to At-Tasbih, At-Tahlil, and At-Taqdis, and count them upon the fingertips, for indeed they shall be questioned, and they will be made to speak. And do not become heedless, so that you forget about the Mercy (of Allah).’” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

Fast Days 1 – 9 Of Dhul Hijjah

Unless, of course, you’re a woman on your menses. Or, you’re exempt from fasting for any other reason.

Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “(Allah said), ‘Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.” Sahih al-Bukhari

From the moment the month of Dhul Hijjah is announced at Maghrib time, make the intention to start fasting the next morning at Fajr. Keep doing so from days 1 – 9.

Bear in mind that this is for those not performing Hajj.

It’s disliked for people performing Hajj to fast days 1 – 9, as it prevents them from worshiping Allah to the full extent.

It’s not permissible to fast on the day of Eid Al-Adha (the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah).

Fasting is especially recommended on the day of Arafah (the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah). Strive to fast on this day the most.

Abu Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was asked about the observance of Saum (fasting) on the day of ‘Arafah. He said, “It is an expiation for the sins of the preceding year and the current year.” Riyad as-Salihin

Remember to break your fast with dates and water.

Eat well and stay hydrated at suhoor and iftar time. Don’t eat too much. Eat moderately.

Offer Qurbani

A qurbani is the sacrifice of a livestock animal during Eid Al-Adha.

That they may witness benefits for themselves and mention the name of Allah on known days over what He has provided for them of [sacrificial] animals. So eat of them and feed the miserable and poor. Qur’an 22:28

Their meat will not reach Allah, nor will their blood, but what reaches Him is piety from you. Thus have We subjected them to you that you may glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and give good tidings to the doers of good. Qur’an 22:37

According to the Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanbali madhhabs (schools of thought), offering a qurbani is strongly recommended.

The Hanafi school of thought maintains that it’s an obligation. There are exceptions to this though. It’s obligatory upon every sane adult, who is not a traveler and can afford to offer one.

One qurbani is offered per household. One sheep is offered for one household and one cow is offered for up to seven people.

Yawm Al-Nahar is the day of sacrifice. The days of sacrifice are the 10th, 11th and 12th of Dhul Hijjah.

Connect With The Story Of Prophet Ibrahim (Peace Be Upon Him)

The hajj consists of the reenactment of a series of events in the lives of Abraham (Ibrahim), Hagar, and Ishmael (Ismail). The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

Understand the importance of his sunnah.

At sunrise on the tenth day, the pilgrims proceed to the valley of Mina, where they reenact Abraham’s rejection of Satan’s temptation to disobey God’s command to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, by throwing seven pebbles at a tall stone pillar (jamarah). Afterward, each pilgrim offers an animal sacrifice (qurban), commemorating the sheep that God accepted in place of Ishmael. Muslims throughout the world participate vicariously in this ritual by performing their own sacrifices at home on this day, the feast of Id al-Adha. The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

Read up on stories about him during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Watch Islamic lectures about him.

And who is better in religion than one who submits himself to Allah while being a doer of good and follows the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth? And Allah took Abraham as an intimate friend. Qur’an 4:125

Extra Good Deeds

Perform more than you would usually do during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Strive as much as you would during the last ten days of Ramadan, or even more than that.

Recite Qur’an More Often

First Ten Days Of Dhul Hijjah

Narrated Muhammad bin Ka’b Al-Qurazi:
“I heard ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud saying: ‘The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “[Whoever recites a letter] from Allah’s Book, then he receives the reward from it, and the reward of ten the like of it. I do not say that Alif Lam Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.” Jami` at-Tirmidhi

Offer Voluntary Prayers

This means doing those extra sunnah or nafl prayers on top of fard prayers.

Nu’man b. Salim reported with the same chain of transmitters:
He who observed twelve voluntary rak’ahs, a house will be built for him in Paradise. Sahih Muslim

Watch Your Tongue

It’s time to stop swearing and bring out your best manners.

Abud-Darda (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the Scale of the believer than good manners. Allah hates one who utters foul or coarse language.” Riyad as-Salihin

Demonstrate Kindness To Parents

Pay them a visit if you can.

It is narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullah b. Mas’ud that he observed. I asked the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) which deed was the best. He (the Holy Prophet) replied:
Prayer at its appointed hour. I (again) said: Then what? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Kindness to the parents. I (again) said: Then what? He replied: Earnest endeavour (Jihad) in the cause of Allah. And I would have not ceased asking more questions but out of regard (for his feelings). Sahih Muslim

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