10 Best Days of The Year: Here’s What You Do!

What You Should Do for the 10 Best Days of the Year

It’s a special time of year! On July 11th, 2021, the sacred month of Dhul Hijjah will be upon us. 

But what is so special about this month? It is the month of Hajj and the Prophet Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him). Just like the last ten nights of Ramadan are packed full of blessings, so are the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. 

These days are considered the best ten days of the year:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There are no days greater in the sight of Allah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahlil (saying: ‘there is no god but Allah’), Takbir and Tahmid.” (Ahmad)

Allah also swears by these days in the Qur’an, emphasizing their importance:

“By the dawn and by ten nights.” (Fajr: 1-2)

Although Hajj might not be accessible to everyone this year due to various reasons and covid-related travel restrictions, that doesn’t mean we can’t reap the benefits of these rare and blessed ten days. 

Did you know there are many sunnah practices you can still do from home?

We’ve put together for you a few things to do to maximize your time during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah:

Give plenty of supplication 

During these holy days, take advantage of the blessings by always being in a state of remembrance of Allah. It can be as easy as taking an extra 5 minutes after your prayers to do dhikr or blocking out a set amount of time in your day. Whatever suits your schedule, remember to be abundant in your supplications and include these praises:

  • Takbeer (Allahu Akbar – Allah is the Greatest)
  • Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah – All Praise is for Allah)
  • Tahleel (La ilaha illa Allah – there is No God but Allah)
  • Tasbeeh (Subhan Allah – Glory be to Allah)

God is closer than our jugular vein, and we can continue to grow close to Him in remembrance throughout our day.

Fast during the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah 

Fasting is highly recommended during the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah. Fasting is one of the best of deeds as it is a way to gain consciousness of Allah:

“All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me, and I shall reward for it.” [Bukhari]

However, fasting on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah, also known as the Day of Arafah, is one of the most important days of the entire year. You may know that Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) in Ramadan is the best of the ten nights of Ramadan. Similarly, the Day of Arafah is the best of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah and is also an important day. It is the day before Eid ul-Adha and the day that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) announced that the religion of Islam is complete on top of Mount Arafat during his last pilgrimage to Makkah:

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My Blessing upon you, and I have approved for you as religion, Islam.” (Quran 5:3)

If you are able, fasting the Day of Arafat can have immense blessings, as it can erase the sins of two years: 

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Fasting the day of Arafah erases the sins of two years: the previous year and the coming one.” (Muslim)

If you cannot fast on this day, then at the least, recite this supplication:

“There is none worthy of worship except Allah, alone and without a partner. To Him belongs all praise and sovereignty, and He has power over everything.”

(Transliteration: La ilaaha illa Allah, wahdahu la shareeka lak, luhul mulk, wa lahul Alhamd, wa huwwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer)

Increase your daily acts of worship

As Muslims, we pray our daily five prayers and read from the Holy Qur’an. It is recommended to increase these acts of worship. Praying sunnah prayers and nafl prayers (i.e. the night prayers) can be the extra mile needed to take advantage of these blessed ten days. 

Compound the rewards by building habits that are consistent after Dhul Hijjah. Because “the most beloved deeds to God are those that are consistent, even if they are small.” (Ibn Majah)

Give in Charity

Before the days of Eid, consider giving charity, even if it is a little bit. Allah has mentioned in the Qur’an that charity will not decrease our wealth but increase it!

“Who will lend Allah a good loan so that he can increase it many times?” (Quran 2:245).

The beauty of our religion is that in the act of giving, we can purify ourselves in the way of lifting others through our charity.

The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said, “Protect yourself by giving charity, even with half of a date.”

Check out HCI’s emergency appeals and give to communities in need of food, water, medical supplies or shelter. 

Want to learn more about charity and its benefits? Check out our blog here

Give a Qurbani donation on the day of Eid

Qurbani, also known as Udhiya, is the sacrifice of an animal in recognition of the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him). The Qurbani is meant to be split into thirds:

  • One-third for yourself
  • One-third for your friends/neighbours
  • One-third for the poor

However, it is pretty common for people to donate an entire portion of Qurbani to the poor. 

Who is eligible to give Qurbani? It is recommended for every financially able Muslim to provide a Qurbani:

Narrated from Abu Huraira (RA) that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH)) said: “Whoever can afford to offer a sacrifice but does not do so, let him not approach our place of prayer.” (Ibn Majah)

Check out our previous blogs on Qurbani for more information.

Donate your Qurbani with Human Concern International to a family that will find joy in your donation. Your sacrifice is their smile. 

HCI has been proudly serving the Muslim community for 40 years, and through your generosity and support, our programs are continuously improving the lives of many vulnerable people. Each donation made enables us to further the mission of taking impoverished people from crisis to sustainability.

June 22, 2021

Human Concern International

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