First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah
Recommendation Based on Sunnah
In The Name Of Allah, Ar- Rahman Ar-Raheem and Peace and Blessing be upon our Master Muhammad (S)
"By the dawn, By the ten nights And by the even and the odd." - (TM Qur'an Al Fajr 89)
Ibn Abbaas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujaahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. 'Ibn Kathir Said : 'This is the correct opinion.' (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, 8/413)
'There are no days more loved to Allah for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer Salatul Tahajjud (late-night prayer) during one of its nights is like performing the late night prayer on the night of power (i.e., Lailatul Qadr)."
1. Increase Good Deeds Specially Salah
'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 neither.”
"Upon you is to increase in your prostration to Allah, for verily you do not prostrate to Allah with even one prostration, except that He raises you in degrees and decreases your sins because of it."[Reported by Muslim]
The Prophet, upon whom be peace, would fast on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, the day of Âshûra and three days in every month. [Recorded by Ahmad, Abu Dâwûd, an-Nisâî and others]
3. Saying Allahu Akbar; La Illaha Illallah and Alhamdulillah
Al-Imam Bukhari, said:
There are a number of ways of making takbîr that have been narrated by the companions and their followers and from these ways is the following:
- Allahu akbar, allahu akbar, allahu akbar kabîrun.
- Allahu akbar, allahu akbar, lâ ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar, wallahu akbar, wa lillahil hamd.
- Allahu akbar, allahu akbar, allahu akbar, lâ ilaha illallah, wallahu akbar, allahu akbar wa lillâhil hamd.
4. The Blood Sacrifice offered on the day of 'Id al-Adha'
Sacrifice on the 10th day has very great reward for those in Hajj and those not in Hajj as well.
Imam Abu Hanifa's said that the sacrifice is obligatory for those residents of the cities who can afford it, and that it is not obligatory for travellers.
"When any one of you intending to sacrifice the animal enters in the month (of Dhu’l-Hijja) he should not get his hair or nails touched (cut)” (Muslim 22: 4870)
5. Pay Particular Attention of 9th of Dhul Hijjah
The Prophet (S) Said: "Be content with the fact that Allah will expiate for you your sins for the year before (the day of 'Arafah) and the year after (the day of 'Arafah)." [Reported by Muslim]
However, whoever is at 'Arafah as a pilgrim then fasting is not expected of him
6. 10th of Dhul-Hijjah is known by most as 'Eid al-Adha'
It is incumbent for the Muslim ( who is not making Hajj) to make every effort to perform the `Eid Prayer wherever it is performed, and to be present for the Khutbah and benefit from it.
Eid is a Day of Celebration but we must not make it a day of wildness, pride and vanity, uncontrolled amusement, intoxicants and the like
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The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) quoted Allah as saying: "My love is obliged to those who love each other for My sake, who sit with each other for My sake, who visit each other for My sake, and who give to each other generously for My sake." Al-Muwattah, Volume 51, Hadith 15