When speaking about the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah The Prophet said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” – Bukhari.
The last 10 nights of Ramadan are the best nights of the year and the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are the best days of the year. Here are 10 things you can do to make the most out of these best days whether you are going to Hajj or not!
1. Remember Allah
Muslims on Hajj will be reciting the talbiyah. If you are not, recite the following in the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah:
Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, wa lillaahi’l-hamd
(Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no god but Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, and to Allah be praise).”
2. Give charity
Giving charity in these blessed days is highly rewarding. Try to give to as many different causes as you can even if it is a small amount.
A good way to do this is by signing up to LaunchGood’s 10 Day Dhul Hijjah Challenge. The Challenge allows you to automatically or manually support campaigns by Muslims from around the world, each day for 10 days. Click here to sign up.
3. Fast on the day of Arafah
“Abu Qatadah Al-Ansari narrated, “The Messenger of Allah was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah (the 9th of the month of Dhul Hijjah). He replied, “Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.” (Muslim)
4. Pray Salaatul Duha
Start a habit of praying the optional 2 rakah prayer between sunrise and Dhuhr every day during these 10 days.
Abu Hurayrah reported: “My beloved (the Prophet ﷺ) advised me to do three things, which I will never abandon so long as I live: to fast three days of each month, to pray two rakʿahs of Duha prayer, and not to sleep until I pray Witr.” (Bukhari)
5. Prepare Eid gifts for your neighbours
Prepare your Eid gifts for your neighbours and take advantage of the extra rewards during these blessed days.
Abu Dharr, May Allah be pleased with him, reported: The Messenger of Allah, (peace and blessings be upon him), commanded me thus, “O Abu Dharr! Whenever you prepare a broth, put plenty of water in it, and give some of it to your neighbours” (Muslim).
6. Make lots of Du’a
Make as much du’a as you can during these blessed days, especially on the day of Arafah. The best du’a is that which is made on the day of Arafah:
It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The best of du’a is du’a on the day of ‘Arafah, and the best that I and the Prophets before me said is ‘Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu la shareeka lah, lahul-mulk wa lahul-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god but Allaah alone, with no partner or associate; His is the dominion, to Him be praise, and He has power over all things).” (Tirmidhi)
7. Perform Hajj (or make your intention for next year)
One of the greatest deeds that can be done during these ten days is to Hajj which begins on 8th Dhul Hijjah. If you can’t make it this year, make the intention during these blessed 10 days to go next year.
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The performance of Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous ones. And the reward for Hajj Mabrur (pilgrimage accepted by Allah) is nothing but Paradise.” (Bukhari)
8. Be extra good to everyone you meet
The Prophet Muhammad said, “Nothing will be heavier on the Day of Resurrection in the Scale of the believer than good manners…” (Tirmidhi)
9. Perform Qurbani (Udhiyyah)
Perform Qurbani and help feed needy people around the world.
Once, the companions of the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked him about the benefits of Qurbani. He answered: “A reward for every hair.” They asked: “And wool, O Prophet of Allah?” He said: “A reward for every fibre of the wool.” (Ahmad, Ibn Mājah)
10. Encourage others to do good
Share this article with your family and friends and encourage them to do good deeds during these blessed days.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever guides someone to virtue will be rewarded equivalent to him who practices that good action”. (Muslim)