Introduction:

Allah continues his shower of blessings upon us. Praise be to Allah Who has created Time and has made some times better than others, some months and days and nights better than others, in a sense that rewards are multiplied many times in those special days, as mercy towards his slaves.

The prophet peace be upon him said: ” Your Lord bestows generous rewards and forgiveness upon you throughout your lifetime, you have to take advantage of them.”

So, we have to seize every chance Allah grants us to be way closer to him and to save ourselves from sins and all our wishes to become true. Allah encourages us by those grants to do more righteous deeds and powers us to be more eager to worship him.

So, we are renewing ourselves again. As human beings we have batteries that need to be recharged from time to time, to proceed and keep going in this life, nothing is better than making the best use of Allah’s special days.

Recharging your batteries requires asking Allah for the forgiveness of anyone’s fault or shortcoming. Happiness and success are for the one who makes the most of these special months, days, and hours and is closer to his Lord during these times through acts of worship and righteousness. As Muslims we don’t have to forget our main purpose in this life is to worship Allah until we die

Allah Almighty says:

and worship your Lord until the inevitable comes your way.

Al-Hijr 15:99

* The Scholars say: ‘The certainty’ means death.

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah is one of those special days of worship, which is full of blessings and virtues.

Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “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 nothing.” This hadith indicates the importance of the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.

The virtues of the of Dhul-Hijjah:

1-Allah swears by them in the Holy Qur’an, and when Allah swears by an oath it is an indication of its greatness. Allah Almighty has sworn by the ten nights of Dhul Hijjah in the first four ayat of Surah Al-Fajr: “By the Dawn, and ten nights, And the Even and the Odd, And the night when it departs” What is meant by the ten nights; The ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are according to the correct statements from the scholars.

2-The best days to Allah are the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. Abu Huraira reported God’s Messenger as saying, “There are no days on which God likes better to be worshipped than the ten days of Dhul Hijja. Fasting observed on each of these days is equivalent to a year’s fasting, and prayer during each of these nights is equivalent to prayer during Lailat al-qadr.’

3-The Prophet peace be upon him testified that these are the best days of this world. As in the aforementioned Hadith. Abdullah ibn `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “There are no days greater in the sight of Allah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahlil (saying: ‘there is no god but Allah’), Takbir and Tahmid.”

4-These ten days include the Day of Arafah, our gigantic day. Fasting on this day will expiate for the sins of two years.

5-The pilgrimage is performed in those ten days, which is considered one of the most important duties.

6-These days also include the Day of Sacrifice, the greatest day of the entire year, and, the greatest day of Hajj, which combines acts of worship in a way, unlike any other day.

7-These days also the root and fundamental part of worship (omhat el ibada) bn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “There are no days during which the righteous action is so pleasing to Allah than these days (i.e., the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah).” He was asked: “O Messenger of Allah, not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah?” He (ﷺ) replied, “Not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah, except in case one goes forth with his life and his property and does not return with either of it.”

Reading Quran

what you need to do in the 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah

  • Fasting on these 10 days is beloved to Allah (SWT) — especially on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, which is the day of Arafat. It is Sunnah to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah (day of Arafah) because the Prophet peace be upon him urged us to do good deeds during this time, and fasting is one of the best of deeds. He used to fast on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah.

Abu Qatadah reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah is an expiation for two years, the year preceding it and the year following it. Fasting the day of ‘Ashurah is an expiation for the year preceding it.”

  • Takbir: It is Sunnah to say Takbir, Tahmid, Tahlil, and Tasbih during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, and to say it loudly in the mosque to revive sunnah, the home, the street, and every place where it is permitted to remember Allah and mention His name out loud, as an act of worship and as a proclamation of the greatness of Allah.

so they may obtain the benefits ˹in store˺ for them,1 and pronounce the Name of Allah on appointed days over the sacrificial animals He has provided for them. So eat from their meat and feed the desperately poor.

Al-Hajj 22:28

*The majority of scholars agree that the “appointed days” are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, because of the words of Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him and his father): “The ‘appointed days are the first ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah).”

  • Performing Hajj and `Umrah: One of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days is to perform Hajj to the Sacred House of Allah. The one whom Allah helps to offer Hajj to His House and to perform all the rituals properly is included in the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him): “An accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than Paradise.”
  • Give Qurbani (sacrifice): for Allah’s sake it is an excellent way to gain reward during Dhul Hijjah.The Prophet (SAW) said: “For every hair of the Qurbani, you will receive a reward from Allah (SWT).”

when Ibrahim (AS) was asked to sacrifice his son to prove his devotion to Allah (SWT). Qurbani represents the beauty of letting go of your worldly attachments in the same way that Ibrahim (AS) did, and your sacrifice means that Allah (SWT) will always return His love to you by granting you mercy.

  • Read the Qur’an you will gain great reward for reciting the Qur’an. Reading just a single letter from the book of Allah (SWT) will receive a Hasanah (good deed). The Prophet may peace and blessings be upon him, said: Read the Qur’an, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions. [Muslim]

Conclusion

Finally, there is much to be gained, so make the most of each opportunity afforded by these irreplaceable days. Do all that you can do before death strikes you, before regretting not seizing such an opportunity of countless blessings. Maintaining the ties of kinship is from the best of deeds due to the saying The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): “Whoever would like his provision to be increased and his lifespan to be extended, let him maintain the ties of kinship.” [Bukhari]

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