The Best Days of the Year – Ten Days of Dhul Hijah
1. Good deeds are more beloved to Allah
النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ مَا الْعَمَلُ فِي أَيَّامٍ أَفْضَلَ مِنْهَا فِي هَذِهِ قَالُوا وَلَا الْجِهَادُ قَالَ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ إِلَّا رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ يُخَاطِرُ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ بِشَيْءٍ
“There are no days during which good deeds are more beloved by Allaah than these (ten) days.” The Prophet, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, was then asked: “Not even Jihaad in Allaah’s way?” He replied: “Not even Jihaad in Allaah’s way; except for a person who went out (for Jihaad) with his self and wealth and came back with none (i.e. lost all for Allaah).”[Bukhari 969]
Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali (may Allah have mercy on him) said,” It appears and Allah knows best that good deeds practiced during these ten days are superior to any other ten days during any other month” La’taif al Ma’arif
2. It’s recommended to be involved in a lot Thikr.
وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَعْلُومَاتٍ
And mention the Name of Allah on appointed days [ Hajj 28]
Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali (may Allah have mercy on him) said, “The majority of the scholars view the appointed days as the ten days of Dhul Hijah.”
3. They are included in the days Allah appointed for Musa (peace and blessings be upon him)
وَوَاعَدْنَا مُوسَىٰ ثَلَاثِينَ لَيْلَةً وَأَتْمَمْنَاهَا بِعَشْرٍ فَتَمَّ مِيقَاتُ رَبِّهِ أَرْبَعِينَ لَيْلَةً ۚ
And We appointed for Musa (Moses) thirty nights and added (to the period) ten (more), and he completed the term, appointed by his Lord, of forty nights [Al-A’raf142]
4. Allah completed His religion on the 9th
الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا
This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.[ Al-Ma’idah 3]
5. The sacrifice is done on the Eid and this is the Sunnah of Ibraheem.
6. Allah frees more slaves from the fire on Arafah than any other day.
انَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ مَا مِنْ يَوْمٍ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ أَنْ يُعْتِقَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ فِيهِ عَبْدًا أَوْ أَمَةً مِنْ النَّارِ مِنْ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ وَإِنَّهُ لَيَدْنُو ثُمَّ يُبَاهِي بِهِمْ الْمَلَائِكَةَ وَيَقُولُ مَا أَرَادَ هَؤُلَاءِ
The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “There is no day on which Allah frees more of His slaves from Fire than the Day of Arafah, and He verily draws near, then boasts of them before the angles, saying: ‘What do they seek?’” (Sahih Muslim1348)
There is great virtue in Fasting on the 9th.
سئل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم عن صوم يوم عرفة فقال: “أحتسب على الله أن يكفر السنة التي قبله والسنة التي بعده”،
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of of Arafah. He said,” Fasting the day of `Arafah expiates the [minor] sins of two years: a past one and a coming one”. [Muslim 1162]
7. Eid Al-Adha is the 10th
8. These are the days for Hajj
لْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَعْلُومَاتٌ
The Hajj (pilgrimage) is (in) the well-known (lunar year) months [ Al-Baqarah 197]*the other days are Shawwal and Dhul Qa’idah
9 Allah swears by these days.
وَالْفَجْرِوَلَيَالٍ عَشْروَالشَّفْعِ وَالْوَتْرٍِ
1By the dawn;
2. By the ten nights (i.e. the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah),
3. And by the even and the odd . [ Fajr 1-3 ]
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “ The ten are the ten days of Dhul- Hijjah and the odd is the Day of Arafah and the even is the Eid [ Ahmed 3/ 327 and Bazzar 2286] Ibn Rajab graded the isnad of this hadeeth as being Hasan.
Taken from La’taif al Ma’rif and Tafseer ibn Katheer
Translated and compiled by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
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