Couple of months ago, we experienced the best month of the year (Ramadan), but for some certain reasons, some of us feel we didn’t do enough to maximize benefit during the month and hoped for another chance from Allah (SWT).
Alhamdulillah, through his infinite mercy, Allah (SWT) has given us another chance to witness the best days of the year (first ten days of dhul- hijjah; the last month in the islamic calendar).
So, are we going to be humble enough to maximize rewards this beautiful days we find upon ourselves or take chances and ignore it?
The truth is, it’s not a guarantee that we’ll witness another of this beautiful season. So, all we have is now and that’s why this article has been written to guide us on how to maximize rewards in the blessed days.
Still wondering about the importance of the first ten days of dhul – hijjah?
The word “Dhul Hijjah” can be translated to “Month of Pilgrimage”. During the month of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims perform the Hajj. Hajj, also known as the pilgrimage, is one of the five pillars of Islam.
Below are some quotes from the Quran and hadiths highlighting the importance of the days.
- Allah swears by these 10 days in the Qur’an:
قول الله تعالى:2 سورة الفجر (1-2)، قال ابن كثير رحمه الله: المراد بها عشر ذي الحجة
Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) says: “By the dawn, and by the 10 nights,” [Qur’an, 89:1-2]. Ibn ‘Abbas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujahid and others of the earlier and later generations said that this refers to the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Ibn Katheer said: “This is the correct opinion.”
- Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No good deeds can be done at a time better than these first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.” It was said, “Not even jihad in the way of Allah?” The Prophet said, “Not even jihad in the way of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” Source: al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr
- Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There are no days greater and more beloved to Allah than these ten days of Dhul Hijjah, so increase in them your declaration of the oneness of Allah (tahlil), your exaltation of him (takbir), and your praise of him (tahmid).” Source: Musnad Aḥmad 5423
Acts to maximize rewards
- Have sincere intention
Remember, Allah judges our actions based on the intention behind them. To maximize rewards during the blessed days, make sure to cleanse your heart and be sincere in all acts with the anticipation that Allah (SWT) accepts all the acts of worship and grant us Al-janah.
- Fasting the First 9 Days of Dhul Hijjah (if you can’t, at least fast on the 9th which is the day of Arafah)
Allah (SWT) says;
“All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.”’ (Hadith Qudsi, Bukhari). Imagine the reward of fasting during the best days of the year; the rewards are beyond imagination.
- Sincere Tawbah (Repentance)
The Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “There is no day when Allah ransoms more slaves from the Fire than the day of ‘Arafah. He draws near and expresses His pride to the angels and says: ‘What do these people want?’” [Sahih Muslim]
- Perfecting one’s fard (compulsory obligations)
Observing the compulsory salahs at the right time with the right manners (no rush). Also, try to pray Tahajjud during the nights salatul duha during the day (few hours before salah al Dhur)
- Performing the Obligatory Sacrifice – Qurban
Qurban is obligatory upon those who have wealth exceeding their important needs. The same categories of people eligible to pay zakat.
“For every hair of the Qurban you receive a reward from Allah.” (Tirmidhi). Qurbani is shared
Muslims slaughter an animal (either a goat, sheep, cow, bull, buffalo or camel) and distribute to the needy around in commemoration of the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim. If you are not able to fulfil this on you own, you can join organizations like pennyappeal, islamic relief, launchgood, working to help fulfil the obligations.
- Take at least ten minutes daily to recite the Holy Qur’an
The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur’an will be with the honourable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward.” (Bukhari & Muslim). Let’s seek closeness to our RABB by understanding his words.
- Increase your dhikr (remembrance of Allah)
- Give more in charity to the orphans, needy. Launchgood has made giving easier. You can join their dhul-hijjah giving challenge here
- Share this article with loved ones so they can also learn
Remember, “Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward.” (Muslim)