The First Ten Days Of Dhul Hijjah

The first day of Dhul hijjah of the Islamic calendar 1443AH starts today, 30th June 2022. Dhu al-Hijjah is the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar. It is a very sacred month in the Islamic calendar, one in which the Ḥajj (Pilgrimage) takes place and the Festival of the Sacrifice.
Dhu al-Hijjah” literally means “The Month of the Pilgrimage”. This month, Muslim pilgrims from around the world congregate at Mecca to visit the Kaaba. The Hajj is performed on the eighth, ninth and the tenth of this month. Day of Arafah takes place on the ninth of the month. Eid al-Adha, the “Festival of the Sacrifice”, begins on the tenth day and ends at sunset on the 13th.
Dhul Hijjah comes with the ten best days of the year! A month of increased spirituality encompasses two exceptional events in devotion to Allah (SWT). Hajj, the day of Arafah and Eid al-Adha, all take place; it is a blessed time for both pilgrims and non-pilgrims alike.
With the chance to grow closer to Allah (SWT) and gain his many blessings, this month and, most importantly, the first ten days are vital to Muslims everywhere.
The 9th day of Dhul Hijjah is the day of Arafah and the most important day for the pilgrims. Muslims gather on Mount Arafah to pray for forgiveness from Allah (SWT) and ask for his blessings.
After this comes Eid al- Adha, the festival of sacrifice that begins on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah and celebrates the Prophet Ibrahimʼs (as) faith and devotion to Allah (SWT). The three days of Eid is when the sacrifice (Qurban) takes place, so make sure to give your Qurbani before or during this time. And we share the benefits of our Qurbani sacrifice. For the nutritious meat of the animal sacrificed is divided and shared among the poor and hungry people.
The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are unique, even better than the holy days of Ramadan, and another chance to gain immense rewards, have our sins forgiven and reach greater levels of righteousness.
The Prophet (saw) himself declared the importance of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah and the immense blessings that come along with this reverent time. Everyone, whether on their Hajj or not, should use this time to atone, supplicate and pray to Allah (SWT).
It is not only the Prophet(SAW) who regards this day as blessed but Allah (SWT) himself in the Holy Qurʼan: “By the Dawn; By the ten nights” [Quran 89^1-2].
These blessed days are met with great worship and regard, and acts of fasting, prayer, Hajj and charity should be carried out during this time with set intentions and steadfast hearts.
Fasting on the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah is highly recommended and is an act that the Prophet (SAW) partook in and encouraged others to do as well. The most crucial day for fasting during Dhul Hijjah comes on the 9th day, the day of Arafah, where two yearsʼ worth of sins will be forgiven in light of fasting.
“Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.” [Muslim]
The only people who should not be fasting on the day of Arafah are those on their pilgrimage and are actually at Arafah, for it is forbidden to fast while on the mountain plain.
Even if you cannot make the holy pilgrimage of Hajj this year, there are still many things we can do to make the most of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah 2022!
Narrated Ibn Abbas: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhu al-Hajj).”
The following acts have been prescribed for the first nine days of Dhu al-Hijjah:
A person should give extra charity Sadaqah in these nine days. Better your Salaah Perform voluntary Nafl prayer Recitation, Memorization and Reading of the Qurʼan Make a lot of Dhikr.
Make Dua Fast the first nine days or on the day of Arafah.

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