The Best 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah: Quick Guide

Did you know that Dhul Hijjah is one of the four most sacred months of the year in Islam, in which war is forbidden? 

More importantly, did you know that the best 10 days of the year fall in this month, and these days hold even more significance and blessings than the last 10 days of Ramadan?

Well, if you didn’t know, now you do!

Dhul Hijjah, preceded by the month of Dhul Qadah, is the 12 — and last — month of the Islamic calendar. It marks two of the most important events of the year for the Ummah: Eid al-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice), and Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Makkah). 

Just like with the month of the New Year in the Gregorian calendar for the world at large, the month of the New Year in the Islamic Calendar is that of celebration, reflection, faith, and devotion for the Muslim Ummah.

Here’s everything you need to know about what this month entails, what the best 10 days are, and how you can make the most out of these days. Let’s start!

“Surely the reckoning of months, in the sight of Allah, is twelve months, laid down in Allah’s decree on the day when He created the heavens and the earth; and out of these months four are sacred. That is the true ordainment. Do not, therefore, wrong yourselves, with respect to these months.”(9:36)

What are the Best Days of Dhul Hijjah?

The first 10 days have been marked as the best days of Dhul Hijjah and of the rest of the year. That’s because, every year, in these first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, the Ummah performs Hajj. During these 10 days, the Prophet SAW received the revelation:

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.”
(Quran 5:3)

Also, Allah SWT, the Creator of the Universe Himself, takes an oath by these 10 days, which demonstrates the depth of the significance of these days. In the Qur’an, referring to the first 10 nights of Dhul Hijjah, Allah SWT says, 

“By the dawn; and the ten nights.” [Quran 89:1-2]

The Prophet SAW has also, through ahadith, conveyed the importance of Dhul Hijjah to the Ummah. These days are most distinguished in excellence because all the greatest acts of worship (Salawat, Siyam, Sadaqah, Hajj) align beautifully.  

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “There are no days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).” 

Best Practices & Sunnahs of Dhul Hijjah

  1. Hajj

Of course, one of the best possible practices for the month is Hajj for anyone who is able to perform it. However, Allah SWT has made this act of worship obligatory on every Muslim, only once in a lifetime. 

So, if you’re unable to perform Hajj, you can instead embrace other acts of worship and follow Sunnah throughout the duration of the pilgrimage. 

A sunnah that you can practise on the Day of Arafat is say what the Prophet (ﷺ), and the Prophets before him used to say:

“Lā ‘ilāha ‘illallāhuwaḥdahu lā sharīka lahu,lahul-mulku wa lahul-ḥamduwa huwa `alā kulli shay’in qadīr.
None has the right to be worshipped but Allah Alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the praise, and He is Able to do all things.”[At-Tirmidhi]
  1. Sacrifice on Eid Al-Adha

Dhul Hijjah holds significance because the Ummah celebrates Eid Al-Adha during this month. It is how we commemorate the legacy of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS), and it also is the culmination of Hajj. However, it is not an obligation to sacrifice an animal. Instead, it is a Sunnah that we must all follow if we have the resources to do so, and are able to fulfill all conditions. 

It was narrated that Muhammad bin Sirin said:“I asked Ibn ‘Umar about sacrifices and whether they are obligatory. He said: ‘The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) and the Muslims after him offered sacrifices, and this is the Sunnah.’”
  1. Engage in As Many Acts of Worship As Possible

Above, I have already stated that you should engage in as many acts of worship as possible during the month of Dhul Hijjah, especially throughout the duration of the Hajj. 

But here’s why you should actually do this:

“There are no days more beloved to Allah that He be worshipped in them than the ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Each day of fasting in it is equivalent to the fast of an entire year. And each night standing in prayer is equivalent to standing in prayer on the Night of Power.” (Tirmidhi)

Imagine having the privilege and opportunity to be able to worship your Creator on the days that are most beloved to Him, and getting rewarded for it to the extent that you cannot even begin to measure! 

The acts of worship that you can engage in during the first 10 days of the month – and throughout the month — include (but are not limited to): prayer, fasting, dhikr, reciting the Holy Qur’an, dawah, and giving charity.  

  1. Fast During The First 9 Days of Dhul Hijjah, Especially On the Day of Arafah

It was narrated from Hunaidah bin Khalid (May Allah be pleased with him) that his wife said, that one of the wives of the Prophet (PBUH) said: “The Prophet used to fast on the day of ‘Ashura, nine days of Dhul-Hijjah and three days each month: The first Monday of the month, and two Thursday.” 

The narration lays clear emphasis on fasting during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. In another Hadith, reported by Abu Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him), the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) told us the massive reward of fasting on the day of Arafah. 

He said, 

“It is an expiation for the sins of the preceding year and the current year.” [Muslim]

Imagine having all your sins for two consecutive years be forgiven simply because you fasted in the way of Allah SWT for just 8-10 hours on one day of the year! Anyone who acts on this Sunnah is surely blessed. (Allah knows best)

  1. Repent and Ask for Forgiveness

As humans, we are all made to err, and for all our sins and errors, we must continue to repent all year round. During this last month of the year, we should sit back and reflect on how we can be even better Muslims in the following year, and try to leave behind the practices in our day-to-day lives that do not align with Islamic teachings. 

Other than fasting and engaging in worship on the day of Arafah, we must all also ask for forgiveness from Allah SWT for our sins.

A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:There is no day when God sets free more servants from Hell than the Day of ‘Arafa.  

SubhanAllah!

  1. Share The Sacrificial Meat With Others and/or Give Prophetic Qurbani

If you are sacrificing an animal on Eid Al-Adha, the best possible practice is that you share the sacrificial meat with others, especially the underprivileged.

Regarding this, Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated: “We were with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) on a journey when the (Day of) Adha came, so we shared seven for a cow and ten for a camel.”

Additionally, Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated: 

“I attended the Eid al-Adha with the Prophet (ﷺ) at the Musalla. When he finished his Khutbah, he descended from his Minbar and was given a male sheep. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) slaughtered it with his hand and said: ‘Bismillah, Wa Allahu Akbar, this from me and whoever does not slaughter from my Ummah.’

Jabir bin ‘Abdullah’s (May Allah be pleased with him) narration is direct evidence that the Prophet SAW encouraged sharing the sacrificial meat with those from the Ummah who are unable to slaughter (the underprivileged). More importantly, one of the many reasons why we celebrate Eid Al-Adha is to ensure that there is a healthy flow of food and resources among the Ummah — and that people do not go to sleep hungry. 

Many scholars also suggest that we must sacrifice an animal and give its meat to charity rather than donating money to charity on Eid Al-Adha. For this reason, every year on Eid Al-Adha, EkPlateBiryani distributes meat and cooked food to the underprivileged communities in Pakistan, where tens of millions of people live below the poverty line. 

[insert image of distribution from last year]

If you would like to give charity in the form of nutrition to the vulnerable communities in Pakistan’s slums this year, click here. If you would like to stay updated about the work we do, subscribe to our weekly newsletter here

That said, happy Dhul Hijjah from the entire team at EkPlateBiryani! May Allah accept from all of us. 

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