There is an explicit Prophetic tradition narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah in which the Prophet SAW said, “The best days of this world are the ten days (meaning the ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah).”
By giving your Zakat and Sadaqah during Dhul Hijjah you will also benefit and reap the rewards of this blessed month: Donate Today.
During the month of Dhul Hijah, Muslims around the world also donate Qurbani which is an obligatory act where an animal is slaughtered. This act is performed for us to reflect on Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for the pleasure of Allah. https://grtuk.org/qurbani/
Recommended Acts During these Blessed Days
Generally speaking, any act that Allah SWT is pleased with should be done in these days. The primary act to be done abundantly is the tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed as these were the first to be mentioned in the narration Ibn ‘Umar RA where the Prophet SAW 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.”
Begin with the Dhikr (remembrance) of Allah SWT as Allah SWT said in the Quran “Recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and verily the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do” [29:45]
Ibn Umar RA narrates that the Prophet SAW said: “There are no days during which good deeds are greater are beloved to Allah than these ten days. So, recite more often the tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed.” [Reported by Imam Ahmed]
The Prophet SAW has said, “One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship in the “Lailatul-Qadr.” (Tirmidhi)
It is Sunnah for the Muslim to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, because fasting is one of the best of deeds.
It is reported that “The Prophet used to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah and the Day of Ashura, and three days each month, the first Monday of the month and two Thursdays.” (Abu Dawood, 2/462)
The ten days of Dhul-Hijjah include Yawm al-Arafah (the Day of Arafah), on which Allah SWT perfected His Religion. The Prophet SAW said: “Fasting the day of Arafah expiates the sins of two years: the past one and the coming one.” (Muslim)
Sacrifice, for it is the ancient ritual of our forefather Ibrahim (AS) and was ordered for our Prophet SAW when Allah SWT said “So pray to your Lord and sacrifice [to Him alone]” [108: 2]
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Increase greatly in your prayer for it is related of Saeed ibn Jubayr (RA) that he would increase in night prayer and good deeds during these ten days so much so that people could not bear the example he was setting and would ask him to relent.
Recite the Quran for it is the best form of Dhikr and the shortest route to draw closer to Allah SWT. Set yourself an aspirational target for these days as you did set yourself a target for Ramadan.
Donate in charity for charity has been linked to bravery while miserliness has been linked to cowardice. The Prophet SAW would invoke, “O Allah, I seek refuge in you from miserliness and cowardice.”
The Takbeer at-Tashreeq is wajib for men to recite, and mustahab for women, at least once after every fardh prayer from Fajr of the 9th of Dhul Hijjah until Asr time of the 13th of Dhul Hijjah.
It is: “Allahu Akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha ill-Allah; wa Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, wa Lillahi’l-hamd (Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no god but Allah; Allah is Most Great and to Allah be praise),”
Men are encouraged to recite these phrases out loud and women quietly
Whoever is not able to go to Hajj should use this blessed time to complete even more righteous deeds than usual. These can include anything such as giving charity, honoring one’s parents, upholding the ties of kinship, and enjoining what is good and forbidding what is evil. For those of us who have not yet completed the pilgrimage of Hajj, this is an ideal time to make dua that Allah grants us the opportunity to do so soon.
It is also important to enhance our obligatory acts of worship by being mindful of our prayers and ensuring we pay our zakat on time. You can use our zakat calculator now https://grtuk.org/zakat-calculator
As we remember the struggle and dedication of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), make your sacrifice, and support a family in need.
Make this YOUR sacrifice. Fulfill your Qurbani requirements now.
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