The First ten days of Dhul Hijjah

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The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are very significant days in the life of a Mu’min. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said:

   “On no other days are good actions more beloved to Allah Ta’ala than on these days (ie the first ten days of Zhul-Hijjah). Someone enquired: “Not even Jihad in the path of Allah?” “Not even Jihad in the Path of Allah Ta’ala” replied Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), “Except that person who goes out to fight with his life and wealth and does not return with anything (ie he becomes a martyr)”(Sahih Bukhari). Another narration declares: “The fast of each of  these days is equal to the fast of a whole year, and the Ibaadah (worship) of each of these nights is equal to the Ibadah of Lailatul Qadr” (Tirmizi; Ibn Majah).   


 

From the above one can gauge the great virtues of these ten days.  In these days the smallest of good actions becomes more virtuous than even Jihaad in the path of Allah at other times. Hence we can imagine what great rewards one would get for Jihad and striving in the path of Allah in these very days.

 

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It is related from ibn Abbas (R.A.) that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “No days are as weighty with Allah and so liked by Him  for good deeds than the first ten days of Zhul-Hijjah. Therefore in these days excessively read tasbeeh (Subahanallah), tahleel (La-ilaha il-lal-lah), tahmeed (Alhamdulillah) and takbeer (Allahu Akbar) (Tabrani).

 

DAY OF ARAFAH

The fast of the day of Arafah (9th Zhul Hijjah) also has great virtues.  Rasulullah (Salallahu alaihi wa sallam) is reported to have said, “I have hope in Allah Ta'ala that the fast of Arafah will be an atonement for the sins of the past and forthcoming year.”  (Tirmizi).

It should be remembered that forgive-ness of the sins refers to the minor sins. One must sincerely repent from the major sins. If one had violated the rights of people, one must also fulfil the same.

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