Posted on 5/8/2024 in Events

10 Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah

The Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar, is significant for Muslims around the world. The first ten days of this month are particularly important and are known as the "Ten Days of Dhu al-Hijjah" (the first ten days of Zil Hajj). These days are considered very blessed, with fasting and acts of worship being highly recommended.

According to a Hadith from Ibn 'Abbas, the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah hold immense significance in Islam as the Messenger of Allah(ﷺ) had highlighted.

“There are no days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days,” meaning the (first) ten days of Dhul- Hijjah.

Grade: Sahih Ibn Majah 1727

Performing good deeds during these ten days is more rewarding than on any other day.

Fasting the (first) nine days (of Dhul-Hijjah)

Ibn 'Abbas narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

“There are no days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days,” meaning the (first) ten days of Dhul- Hijjah. They said: “O Messenger of Allah! Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah?” He said: “Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah, unless a man goes out with himself and his wealth and does not bring anything back.”

Ibn Majah 1727

Fast on the day of Arafah

The ninth day of Dhu al-Hijjah is known as the Day of Arafah, which is the day when pilgrims performing Hajj gather at the Mount Arafat, near Mecca, to pray and seek forgiveness. It is considered the pinnacle of the Hajj pilgrimage and is a day of great significance for all Muslims, even those not performing Hajj.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah, I hope from Allah, expiates for the sins of the year before and the year after.” Ibn Majah 1730

Fasting is an important practice in Islam. Muslims are encouraged to fast three days every month, on the days of 'Arafah and 'Ashura', and on Mondays and Thursdays.

Recite tahmid, tahlil, and takbir

In Makkah during Hajj, each pilgrim continuously recites the Talbiyah.

Those who are not present must also recite it.

  • Takbir (saying Allahu Akbar),
  • Tahmid (saying al-hamdu Lillah),
  • Tahlil (saying La ilaha ill-Allah) and
  • Tasbih (saying Subhan-Allah)

During these ten days, there are no days greater in the sight of Allah, and righteous deeds are more beloved to Him. Therefore, recite Tahlil, Takbir, and Tahmid frequently.

Giving Sadaqah (charity)

During the first ten days, every good deed becomes more valuable. Increase your giving of Sadqah and spend in the way of Allah.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire,” [Hadith, Tirmidhi].

He also mentioned that those who give sadaqah would receive relief from Allah on the Day of Judgement.

“The believer's shade on the Day of Resurrection will be their charity,” (Hadith, Tirmidhi).

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Doing Hajj

Performing Hajj and Umrah are among the best deeds one can do, especially during these ten days, as It involve visiting the Sacred House of Allah.

Eid al-Adha (Animal Sacrifice)

The tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah is Eid al-Adha, also known as the Festival of Sacrifice, which commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. In commemoration of this event, Muslims around the world who can afford it sacrifice a sheep, goat, cow, or camel and distribute the meat to the poor and needy.

It is stated in the Quran:

And proclaim to the people the ḥajj [pilgrimage]; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass - surah al-hajj ayah 27


These ten days are considered some of the most blessed days in the Islamic calendar, and Muslims are encouraged to increase their worship, give charity good deeds, and remembrance of God during this time and ask forgiveness

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