What is Dhul Hija
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,
The blessed days of Dhul Hijja are upon us, and it is an excellent time for Muslims all around the world to engage in various virtuous deeds. As we know, these days are highly significant in Islam, and Allah (SWT) has bestowed us with abundant rewards and blessings during this time. In this blog post, we will delve into the virtues of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, and how we can utilize this precious opportunity to earn the Mercy and Forgiveness of our Lord.
Firstly, it’s essential to understand that the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are the most virtuous days of the year. As mentioned in a Hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas (RA), the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “There are no days, in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days of Dhul Hijjah.” (Bukhari)
Therefore, we should strive to make the most of these days and perform as many good deeds as possible. Some of the significant virtuous deeds we can engage in during these ten days are as follows:
1. Fasting: Fasting during the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah has immense rewards. As mentioned in a Hadith narrated by Abu Qatadah (RA), the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah (9th of Dhul Hijjah) is an expiation for the sins of the previous year and the following year.” (Muslim)
2. Offering Qurbani: Qurbani or Udhiyah is a significant act of worship in Islam, which involves sacrificing an animal in the name of Allah (SWT). The sacrifice is performed during the first three days of Dhul Hijjah, and the meat is distributed amongst the poor and needy.
3. Performing Hajj: Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and is mandatory upon every Muslim who is financially and physically able to perform it. The performance of Hajj during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah is highly rewarding and is considered the pinnacle of our worship.
4. Reciting the Quran and Dhikr: The recitation of the Quran and engaging in Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) holds immense rewards, especially during these ten days. We must strive to recite the Quran daily and engage in Dhikr abundantly.
5. Giving Charity: Giving charity is a highly virtuous deed in Islam, and Allah (SWT) loves those who are charitable. During these ten days, we must make an effort to give charity to the poor and needy and reach out to those who require our help.
In conclusion, the ten days of Dhul Hijjah are an excellent opportunity for us to strengthen our faith and earn the rewards and blessings of Allah (SWT). We should strive to engage in as many virtuous deeds as possible, keeping in mind that the deeds we perform during these ten days are more beloved to Allah (SWT) than any other days. Let us make the most of this blessed time and seek the Mercy and Forgiveness of our Lord. May Allah (SWT) accept our worship and grant us success in this world and the Hereafter.