Hajj is a yearly religious gathering in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is the greatest gathering in the planet. Each eligible, fit and adult Muslim who can administer to do so, should mandatory go to perform hajj at least once in lifetime. Hajj takes place starting from the 8th through the 12th days of Dhu al-Hijjah, the wind month of the Islamic calendar. Each and every Muslims should take these 10 days very seriously and perform as much Ibadah as possible. In the below lines, we have given 10 reasons every Muslim should take the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah seriously.
- Mentioned in the Quran: By the dawn and [by] ten nights. Quran 89:1 - 89:2. According to many prominent scholars, these 10 nights refer to the first 10 nights of the month of Dhul Hijjah.
- Sacred month: Allah has mentioned in Surah Tawbah of the Quran that there are 4 sacred months. “Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred.” Quran 9:36. These 4 sacred months are Thul-Qi’dah, Thul-Hijjah, Muharram, and Rajab.
- Superior days to perform good deeds: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijja)." Then some companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Not even Jihad?" He replied, "Not even Jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah's sake) and does not return with any of those things." Ref: Sahih al-Bukhari 969
- Perform Prayers: Hajj is also performed in the first 10 days of this month which is one of the pillars of Islam. Many different deeds are also performed for example, such as voluntary fasting and philanthropy. The most apparent reason for the ten days of Dhul Hijjah being distinguished in excellence is due to the assembly of the greatest acts of worship in this period, i.e. salawat (prayers), siyam (fasting), sadaqah (charity) and the Hajj (pilgrimage). In no other periods do these great deeds combine
- Islam was perfected on the day of ‘Arafah: “This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” Quran 5:3. The day of Arafah is the holy day in Islam that falls on the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah. It is the second day of the hajj pilgrimage and the day following is the principal day of the real Islamic occasion of Eid ul-Adha.
- Fasting on the day of Arafah: Abu Qatadah narrated that: the Prophet said: "Fast the Day of Arafah, for indeed I anticipate that Allah will forgive (the sins) of the year after it, and the year before it." Ref: Jami` at-Tirmidhi 749
- Fasting one day is equal to Fasting One Year: Abu Hurairah (R.A) narrated that: the Prophet said: "There are no days more beloved to Allah that He be worshipped in them than the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, fasting every day of them is the equivalent of fasting a year, and standing every night of them (in prayer) is the equivalent of standing on the Night of Qadr." Jami` at-Tirmidhi 758
- Allah’s name is glorified excessively: Muslims have been educated to glorify the sake of Allah exorbitantly. Called as Takbeer Tashreeq, we recite it after each fardh salaah commencing from the Fajr of the ninth of Dhul Hijjah until afterward Asr of the 13th for Dhul Hijjah. “Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, Allaahu akbar, Allaahu akbar, wa lillaahi’l-hamd (Allah is the supreme, Allah is the supreme, there is no lord anyhow Allah, Allah is the supreme, Allah is the supreme, and all praise belongs to Allah).”
- Udhhiyyah/Qurbani is performed: Muslims all around the world offer a sacrificial animal on 3 days of Dhul Hijjah starting from 10th of Dhul Hijjah.
- Eid Al Adha is celebrated: In Islamic religion, there are two Eid festivals of celebration; Eid Al Fitr (after Ramadan) and Eid Al Adha on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah.
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