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 fulfilling our fard obligations. Then we can work on stopping our haram habits and developing the habit of doing voluntary 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, then keep on reading.

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

Make sure that you’re looking well-groomed before the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah arrive. Then you can put away your nail file while you focus on doing other acts of ibadah.

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

Prepare To Fast The First Nine Days Of Dhul Hijjah

first ten days of dhul hijjah

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

Remember to break your fast with dates or water. Eat well and stay hydrated at suhoor and iftar time. Don’t overeat. Eat moderately.

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

Make Sure That You’re Fulfilling All Major Islamic Duties

Fard acts are more beloved to Allah than nawafil.

Make sure that your salah is performed on time every day with concentration and humility.

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, so I become his sense of hearing with which he hears, and his sense of sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he grips, and his leg with which he walks; and if he asks Me, I will give him, and if he asks My protection (Refuge), I will protect him; (i.e. give him My Refuge) and I do not hesitate to do anything as I hesitate to take the soul of the believer, for he hates death, and I hate to disappoint him.”

Sahih al-Bukhari

Quit Haram Habits

Abstaining from haram acts is the next important thing to do. The first step to stopping haram habits is to realise that you’re violating Allah’s command.

Identify the patterns in your 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 the sincere repentance of the believers.

Strive To Perform Extra Good Deeds

Increase In Dhikr

First Ten Days Of Dhul Hijjah

Throughout the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, increase in dhikr. Recite the following as frequently as possible:

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

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

Occupy yourself during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah with dhikr. You can use a tasbih, a counter or an app on your phone to assist you if you need to.

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.

Offer Voluntary Prayers

Offering voluntary prayers 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

Ask Allah For Forgiveness

One thing we can do to seek Allah’s forgiveness is to make du’a like Prophet Adam (alayhi salam).

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

Recite The 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

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 and exchange gifts with them, if you’re able to.

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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