6 Acts of Worship During the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

6 Acts of Worship During the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

Dhul Hijjah or Zul Hijjah is the final & one of the most sacred months of the Islamic calendar.

Ibn ‘Abbaas (RA) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said:

“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.”Bukhari

There are many virtues & blessings to be had during this month (especially the first ten days) it’s often seen as a second chance for those who may have missed out on Ramadan. Even if one is unable to perform Hajj there are numerous other acts of worship and deeds you can do to become closer to Allah (SWT) and gain rewards. Let’s take a look at some of them below.

6 Acts of Worhip and goods deeds during Dhul Hijjah

As Muslims it’s important that we try to take advantage of this blessed month not only for the good deeds it will bring us but also to strengthen our Imaan and bring us closer to our creator, ultimately making us better Muslims in the process Insha’Allah.

1) To Perform Hajj

Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and all Muslims should try to perform Hajj at least once during their lifetimes. The blessings and rewards that come with completing hajj are immeasurable so it’s highly recommended that if you have the financial means & are phsyically well, you make sincere du’a to Allah (SWT) to call you for Hajj.

2) To Fast on the First 9 Days Including the Day of Arafah

Fasting in itself is a great act of worship and one that brings with it immense rewards. It’s important for us to try and fast all 9 days including the day of Arafah because of the rewards that come with it. Our prophet (SAW) said:

“Fasting the day of Arafah expiates the sins of two years: the past one and the coming one.”Muslim

To gain such an immense reward just for fasting on this day is truly a blessing from Allah (SWT) and one which all of us should try and take advantage of.

3) To Seek Forgiveness from Allah

We as humans struggle to fulfil our daily obligations and are always prone to making mistakes, so it’s imperative for us to ask Allah for forgiveness as often as we can. Dhul Hijjah being the blessed month it is makes it important for us to make sincere repentance. May Allah forgive us for all our shortcomings.

4) To Do Dhikr & Recite the Takbeer, Tahleel & Tahmeed

It’s a great idea to increase Dhikr in general. That said, our Prophet (SAW) tells us the following, He said:

“There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Takbeer, Tahleel & Tahmeed”Ahmed
  • Takbeer: Allahu Akbar (God is most great)
  • Tahleel: Laa ilaaha ill-Allah (There is no God but Allah)
  • Tahmeed: Alhamdu Lillaah (All praise be to God)

5) To Perform Qurbani

Qurbani means sacrifice. It stems back to the time of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). He dreamt Allah (SWT) ordered him to sacrifice his son Ismail (AS). At first, he thought it was the shaytaan (devil) playing tricks on him but then the night after he had the same dream ordering him to do the same.

Ibrahim (AS) then takes his son Ismail (AS) to Mount Arafat. He tells his son what he has been commanded to do – being an obedient son he obliges and suggests that his hands be tied together (so he cannot struggle) and that his father tie a blindfold around his eyes so he won’t have to watch him suffer.

Ibrahim (AS) followed through. As he removed his blindfold instead of seeing his son, he see’s a dead ram in his place and his son Ismail (AS) standing next to him. At first he thought he had done something wrong and disobeyed a command from Allah, however,  he then hears a voice telling him that Allah (SWT) looks after his followers and that he need not worry.

This is the story of Qurbani & has been practised by Muslims ever since including by our beloved Messenger (SAW).

“The Prophet (SAW) lived in Madeenah for ten years and every year he slaughtered an animal”Ibn Umar

Qurbani is a duty that must be carried out by everyone who is eligible to pay Zakat.

6) To Increase in Worship Overall

Dhul Hijjah is a blessed month so Muslims around the world should try and free up some extra time so they can partake in worship, ibaadah and more good deeds. If it means eating less for a few days and praying more, believe me it’ll be worth it in the long run!

A few examples of additional acts you can do include:

  • Reciting Nafl Salah. (For example Tahujjud, Ishraq, Salatul Tasbih)
  • Reciting the Qu’ran more often.
  • To do Dhikr more often. (Remembrance of Allah)
  • Giving charity.
  • Imporving one’s character and mannerisms.

We hope & make du’a that all Muslims around the world are able to benefit & maximise their good deeds during this blessed month. Ameen.

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