Just like the last 10 nights of Ramadan are important in the Islamic calendar, the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are important and carry a lot of blessings.
Many people think the only significance of the month of Dhul Hijjah is the pilgrimage or Hajj that takes place in Mecca. But just because you’re not performing Hajj doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do.
These 10 days are the best in the whole year, and it’s so important that we take advantage of them! We have no guarantee that we’ll live to see the next Dhul Hijjah so don’t just spend your time counting down till Eid. Make the most of them. Here are 10 things to do in the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah.
Lots of people think fasting just happens in Ramadan, but that’s not true! Fasting the first 9 days of the month carry enormous blessings. But if you can’t fast all those 9 days, then at least try to fast on the 10th, the most important of them all.
According to our beloved Prophet, peace be upon him, fasting on the day of Arafat (the last day of Hajj) will erase all of your sins from the previous year and the coming year (Sahih Muslim). Who wouldn’t love a fresh start like that?
Because there are extra blessings in this beautiful month, take the opportunity to give charity. Sometimes we think we don’t have enough to give because we’re financially tight. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but you can still give! Always remember that whoever gives in the cause of Allah, He multiplies it when He returns it to you.
Use this month to get into the habit of giving charity, no matter how small it is.
Dhul Hijjah is the end of the Islamic year and a new year is upon us. Take some time to take stock of your life and all the things Allah has blessed you with. Thank Allah for them, no matter how small you think those blessings are. Have an attitude of gratefulness and inshAllah Allah will bless you with more.
Dhikr is the remembrance of Allah and it’s something we can be doing anywhere, at any time! Allah loves it when we remember Him so do it often. Sitting in rush hour traffic to or from work? Turn off the radio and do dhikr. Standing in a long line waiting to pay for something? Do dhikr. Can’t fall asleep at night? Do dhikr.
There’s virtually no place or time where you can’t do dhikr so make it a habit during this blessed month to make your tongue constantly invoke the name of the Almighty.
DO GOOD DEEDS
Of course we should do good deeds throughout the year, but try to increase them during these 10 days. Do things for the sake of Allah and don’t look for the reward for it. Know that your reward is not in this world, but in the next. Be kind to your parents. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Help an elderly person with their shopping. Hold the door open for someone.
Big or small, no good deed is useless.
PERFORM THE SACRIFICE
Qurbani is the ritual sacrifice that should be performed prior to Eid or just 3 days after it. It commemorates the sacrifice that Prophet Ibrahim, may Allah be pleased with him, performed. It’s an important part of the month, so don’t leave it to the last minute.
We all know that praying 5 times a day is mandatory, but there’s more nalf prayers you can perform. Just be sure that you’re focused on your prayers and not performing them mindlessly.
READ THE QURAN
Many of us don’t quite understand the significance of Dhul Hijjah and Eid ul Adha. Everyone understands the significance of Eid el Fitr, because it happens right after a month long of fasting, but Eid ul Adha importance is often forgotten.
Return to the source of our knowledge: the Quran. Read the story of Ibrahim and remind yourself of his sacrifice. Try to understand the importance of his sacrifice to better understand why we sacrifice animals and what the significance of this Eid is.
None of us are perfect. We’re far from it, in fact. We make many mistakes, some we know about, but many we don’t. We should constantly be repenting to Allah for our mistakes because He is the only one who can forgive us. So take this opportunity to ask Allah for forgiveness for your sins.
Truly put your heart into it and repent. Allah loves those who repent, and He has told us that He also loves to forgive. So ask Him for forgiveness and inshAllah He will forgive you.
Allah is not the only one who can forgive. Begin the new year with a fresh start and a clean heart. Forgive those who have wronged you and move on. You are human and you make mistakes, so you should know that so does everyone else. Let it go. Allah loves those who forgive, so forgive others.
There are so many blessings in these 10 days of the month. They are a special time, but often get forgotten in the hype up to Eid. If only we knew of the blessings that Allah has put in these days; we wouldn’t want to miss a moment!
So make the most of them.