Dhul Hijjah is the last and most sacred month of the Islami calendar which is filled with immense blessings and rewards for those believers who truly respect it and follow a special protocol for this month according to the guidelines mentioned in the Holy Quran. Moreover, the holy month of Dhul Hijjah holds significant lessons for us to learn from in order to lead a successful life both here and in the hereafter.
Tips for Dhul Hijjah
It is highly essential to keep yourself prepared in order to reap the maximum benefits of this supreme month along with earning massive rewards. Hence, for your ease, we have put together a comprehensive guide regarding 4 tips for Dhul Hijjah in order to help you understand how you can make the most of this month!
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) once said:
\”There are no days more beloved to Allah that He be worshipped in them than the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, fasting every day of them is the equivalent of fasting a year, and standing every night of them (in prayer) is the equivalent of standing on the Night of Qadr.\” (Tirmidhi)
Even though fasting during the ten supreme days of Dhul Hijjah isn’t an obligatory Islamic practice, many Muslims usually observe fast during these ten days and especially on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah on which the day of Arafah falls. Hence, if you wish to make the most of this month try fasting during these ten days.
In case you are unable to fast for all ten-day due to any circumstances, make efforts to fast at least on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah as fasting on this day has proven to erase all former sins of the last 2 years.
2. Offer your Qurbani
Qurbani is an obligatory Islamic practice that every financially and mentally able adult Muslim needs to perform. Qurbani holds immense importance and equally important rewards in Islam. Here is what Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) stated regarding the act of Qurbani:
“It is the Sunnah of your father Ibrahim (as). For every hair of the Qurbani you receive a reward from Allah (SWT)” (Tirmidhi)
However, when it comes to Qurbani the real essence of Qurbani is to share your blessings with others. Hence, gather immense rewards and blessings from Dhul Hijjah by sharing your Qurbani meat with those less fortunate than you.
3. Perform Hajj
Hajj also known as the Holy pilgrimage is the fifth pillar of Islam that has been made mandatory for every financially able, sane Muslim adult. If you have the resources and you can make the journey to the Holy city Mecca for performing Hajj this year, leave all the worldly affairs behind and set out on this journey of a lifetime. There is simply no other way of receiving maximum blessings of Dhul Hijjah other than performing Hajj with pure intentions according to the protocol outlined in the Quran and Sunnah.
In case you are fortunate enough to be performing Hajj this year, then rest assured that you have already earned maximum rewards through enjoying the true spirit of Dhul Hijjah.
4. Recite Holy Quran
Reciting and taking out time to study the Holy Quran is always a highly regarded act that brings massive rewards, however, during Dhul Hijjah, the rewards for reciting the Holy Quran are beyond one’s imagination. If you genuinely wish to make the most of this blessed month, make sure to take out time from your daily routine in order to recite, understand, and implement the commands of the Holy Quran.
Furthermore, thoroughly reflecting on the verse of the Holy Quran will bring you closer to Allah (SWT).
Benefits of Dhul Hijjah
Being the final month of the Islamic calendar, Dhul Hijjah holds significant Islamic virtues. Precisely, the starting ten days of Dhul Hijjah are the most supreme days throughout the year. During these ten days, Muslims get an ideal chance to embrace their faith and indulge in worship that can bring them massive rewards.
Multiple opportunities to gain rewards and elevate your ranks in Allah’s (SWT) court are attached with each day of Dhul Hijjah.
Through embracing faith and making conscious efforts to indulge in worship and prayers, Muslims can gain the closeness of Allah (SWT) in this blessed month of Dhul Hijjah.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should we do in Dhul Hijjah?
Fasting on the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah is a highly preached act that Prophet Muhammad (PHUH) used to practice. Fasting on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah is highly crucial as Allah (SWT) promised to erase the sins of the last 2 years of those who fast on this day.
How do you make the most of the day of Arafat?
It is highly recommended to fast on the day of Arafah which falls on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah as fasting on this day will result in the erasure of your sins from the last 2 years. Moreover, you should indulge in additional worship and prayers on the day of Arafat.
What should I do on 10 days of Dhul Hijjah?
You should make sure to follow a structured timetable during these 10 supreme days of Dhul Hijjah in order to maximize the time you give to worship and prayers. Moreover, make sure to be extra cautious of your obligatory prayers along with offering additional nafls.
What is so important about Dhul Hijjah?
The month of Dhul Hijjah is the holiest and most sacred month of the Islamic calendar. Furthermore, Dhul Hijjah holds 2 highly important Islamic virtues that are Hajj – the holy pilgrimage, and the Eid ul-Adha – the festival of sacrifice.
Now that you’re well aware of the true spirit and high significance of this sacred month, are you prepared to make the most of this month by following our tips for Dhul Hijjah?
If yes, we wish you all the very best as we near this Holy month. May Allah (SWT) enable us to reach this sacred month in good health, in order to reap maximum benefits against our worship and prayers!