What is the significance of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah?
The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are in fact the most sacred days of the year.
Sometimes they come and pass anonymously with Muslims unaware of their importance.
During these days we’re urged to reach out to Allah (SWT) and to sacrifice what we have for His sake.
Allah Himself tells us in the Holy Qur’an:
“Say, Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds.” (6:162)
So sacred are the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah that Allah swears an oath by them when He says in the Quran: “By the dawn; by the ten nights” [89:1-2].
Importance in Hadith
In fact there is an explicit Prophetic tradition narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah (RA) in which the Prophet (SAW) said, “The best days of this world are the ten days (meaning the ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah).”
Recommended Acts During these Blessed Days
Generally speaking, any act that Allah (SWT) is pleased with should be performed during these days. The primary act to be performed in abundance is the tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed as these were the first to be mentioned in the narration by Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) where the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “There are no days that are greater before Allah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days, so recite a great deal of tahleel (saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), takbeer (saying Allahu Akbar) and tahmeed (saying al-hamdu Lillah) during them.”