Praise be to Allaah Who has created time & has made some times, some months, days & nights better than others, when rewards are multiplied, as a mercy towards His slaves. This helps the Muslim to renew his efforts to gain a greater share of reward, prepare himself for death & supply himself in readiness for the Day of Judgement.

These seasonal bonuses of worship give the opportunity to correct one’s faults & make up for any shortcomings. The wise person is the one who makes the most of these special months, days & hours & be safe from the flames of Hell. (Ibn Rajab, al-Lataa’if, p.8)”And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty.”[15:99]”‘The certainty’ means death.” Among the special seasons of worship are the 1ST 10-days of Dhu’l-Hijjah. Ibn ‘Abbaas (radiallahu anihu): Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, 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.” (al-Bukhaari).

Many facts indicate that these 10-days are better than all the other days of the year, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS, NOT EVEN THE LAST TEN DAYS OF RAMADHAN. But the last ten nights of Ramadhan are better than the nights of these 1ST 10-days, because they include Laylat al-Qadr (“the Night of Power”), which is better than a 1000 months.


  1. Allaah swears an oath by them, indicative of their importance & great benefit. “By the dawn; by the ten nights” [89:1-2]. Ibn ‘Abbaas, Ibn al-Zubayr, Mujaahid & others said that this refers to the 1ST 10-days of Dhu’l-Hijjah.”
  2. The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) testified that these are the best days of this world in above saheeh ahaadeeth.
    3. These ten days include Yawm ‘Arafaah(the Day of ‘Arafaah), on which Allaah perfected His Religion. Fasting on this day will expiate for the sins of two years.
  3. These days also include Yawm al-Nahar(the Day of Sacrifice), the greatest day of the entire year & the greatest day of Hajj, which combines acts of worship in a way unlike any other day.
  4. These ten days include the days of Umrah & of Hajj.



  1. PERFORMING HAJJ & UMRAH. One of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days is to perform Hajj to the Sacred House of Allaah. Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam): “An accepted Hajj brings no less a reward than Paradise.”


  1. SACRIFICE. One of the good deeds that will bring a person closer to Allaah during these ten days is offering a sacrifice, by choosing a high-quality animal.
    The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) used to fast on the 1ST 9-days of Dhu’l-Hijjah. Hunaydah ibn Khaalid from his wife, that one of the wives of the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) used to fast on the 1ST 9-days of Dhu’l-Hijjah & the day of ‘Ashoora’,& 3-days each month, the 1st  Monday of the month & 2- Thursdays. (Nasaa’i, Abu Dawood saheeh ).



. ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar (ra):Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “There are no days greater in the sight of Allaah & in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal ofTahleel (“La ilaaha ill-Allaah“), Takbeer (“Allaahu akbar“) & Tahmeed(“Al-hamdu Lillaah“).” (Ahmad, saheeh).
It is Sunnah to say these & other praises of Allah during the 1ST 10-days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, & to say it loudly in the mosque, the home, the street & every place where it is permitted to remember Allaah & mention His name out loud, as an act of worship & as a proclamation of the greatness of Allaah, may He be exalted. Men should recite these phrases out loud, & women should recite them quietly.

“That they might witness things that are of benefit to them (i.e., reward of Hajj in the Hereafter, & also some worldly gain from trade, etc.),& mention the name of Allaah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice)…” [al-Hajj 22:28]

Ibn ‘Umar & Abu Hurayrah (radiallahuanihuma) used to go out in the marketplace during the 1ST 10-DAYS of Dhu’l-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, & the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. The idea is to remind the people & revive the sunnah of reciting Takbeer in this period so that each one should recite it individually, NOT IN UNISON, AS THERE IS NO BASIS IN SHAREE’AH FOR DOING THIS.

SINCERE REPENTANCE: Repentance is obligatory at all times, but when the Muslim combines sincere repentance with good deeds during the days of most virtue, this is a sign of success, in sha Allaah. Allah says “But as for him who repented, believed & did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful.” [28:67].It is extremely important   to repent sincerely to Allaah & to give up all kinds of disobedience & sins. Repentance means coming back to Allaah & foregoing all deeds, open & secret, that He dislikes, out of regret for what has passed, giving it up immediately & being determined never to return to it, but to adhere firmly to the Truth by doing what Allaah loves.

The time of departure is at hand when we will be trapped with our deeds in the grave. The journey is frightening, delusions are widespread, & the road is long, but Allaah is ever watchful, & to Him will we return & render account.

“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it, And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.”[99:7-8].

O you whose hard heart is as dark as the night, is it not time that your heart was filled with light & became soft? Expose yourself to the gentle breeze of your Lord’s mercy during these ten days, for Allaah will cause this breeze to touch whomever He wills.

Let us occupy ourselves at this blessed time by worshipping Allaah, praying (salaat), reading Qur’an, remembering Allaah, making supplication (du’aa’), giving charity, honouring our parents, upholding the ties of kinship, enjoining what is good & forbidding what is evil, & other good deeds & acts of worship. Doing more good deeds in general, because good deeds are beloved to Allaah & will bring a great reward from Him.


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