First Ten Days of Dhu’l Hijjah

Praise be to Allaah, the first ten days of Dhu’l Hijjah are here. Allaah has preferred these days over all the other days of the year.

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, 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.”

(Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2/457).

Lets try our best to maximize our righteous deeds. Increase your dhikr, quran recitation and charitable acts. During this time try to pray qiyam and make lots of dua. Protect yourself from sins while being actively engaged in good deeds.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to recite a lot of Tasbeeh (“Subhan-Allaah”), Tahmeed (“Al-hamdu Lillaah”) and Takbeer (“Allaahu akbar”) during this time.

It is Sunnah to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) encouraged us to do righteous deeds in the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, and fasting is one of the best of deeds, which Allaah has chosen for Himself as it says in the hadeeth qudsi:

“Allaah says: ‘All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1805.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast on the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah.

These ten days include the Day of ‘Arafaah, on which Allaah perfected His Religion. Fasting on this day will expiate for the sins of two years.

May Allah accept our good deeds and protect us from the Fire.

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