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Virtue of First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah
Dhul Hijjah (The month of Hajj)

Written by Asim Nazir
Student of Master in Islamic Studies
Islamic University Qatar


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Dhul Hijjah is the 11th month of Islamic calendar and the month of Hajj. Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam and considered most sacred worship. Hajj falls on 9th, 10th and 11th of Dhul Hijjah and Eid ul Adha falls on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah which is the part of Hajj itself.

Virtue of First Ten days of Dhul Hijjah [6th October to 15th October 2013]
The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are very sacred according to Quran and Prophet Muhammad SAW traditions. Quran speaks about the first ten days in chapter 89 V1-2"By the Dawn; By the ten Nights; and in chapter 2 V203 “… and remember the name of Allah in the appointed days (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah)."
Prophet Muhammad SAW said:
“No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).”

Thereupon, some companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“Not even fighting in the way of Allah?” He replied, “Not even fighting in the way of Allah”…. [Bukhaari V1 pp132]

In another hadith
“On no days is the worship of Allah desired more than in the (first) ten days of Dhul Hijjah. The fast of each of these days is equal to the fast of a whole year, and the worship of each of these nights is equal to the worship of Laylatul Qadr.” [Tirmizi V1 pp58]

Recommended Acts during these days (Who are not doing Hajj)

  • Fasting: As mentioned in aforesaid hadith that Prophet Muhammad SAW has encouraged us to keep fast on those ten days, if not then as many as one can keep OR at least one should keep fast on 9th of Dhul Hijjah because Prophet Muhammad SAW said: "Fasting on the day of Arafah (9th Dhul Hijjah) expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year." (Muslim)
  • Hairs and Cutting Nails

Upon sighting the moon of Dhul Hijjah, those people intending to perform Qurbaani should neither cut their hair nor clip their nails until the Qurbaani is performed. Prophet Muhammad SAW said: “A person should neither clip his nails nor cut his hair until he performs qurbaani”. [Ibne Maajah]. The logic behind this act is to resemble with the people who are doing Hajj and gaining the same virtue as them, because in first ten days the people who are on hajj are not supposed to cut their nails or hairs until they do qurbani on the 10th Dhul Hajj (Eid Day).
10th Dhul Hijjah Eid ul Adha & Qurbani
10th Dhul Hijjah is the day of Eid and Qurbani. Every muslim who has Cash/saving equal to Zakat threshold which is 3 ounces of gold (87.48 grammes) or its equivalent in cash (£2388 gold rate on17/07/2013) OR 21 ounces of silver (612.36 grammes) or its equivalent in cash approximately £257 (Silver rate on17/07/2013), Qurbani becomes Fard (compulsory) upon him/her. Qurbani’s meat should be divided into three parts, 1) For your own, 2) For poor or needy people, 3) For relatives.                          


Laylatul Qadr: is the any odd night of last ten days of the Ramadan, in which Quran revealed. In Quran Allah mentioned about that night in chapter 97: “Indeed, We sent the Qur'an down during the Night of Decree, And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn”. In one hadith Aysha (Prophet’s wife) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) used to practice Itikaaf (Staying in mosque for worshipping for 3 or 10 days in Ramadan) in the last ten nights of the Ramadan and say: ‘Seek out Laylatul-Qadr in the (odd nights) of the last ten days of Ramadan.” (Bukhaari, Muslim)

Laylatul Qadr: is the any odd night of last ten days of the Ramadan, in which Quran revealed. In Quran Allah mentioned about that night in chapter 97: “Indeed, We sent the Qur'an down during the Night of Decree, And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn”. In one hadith Aysha (Prophet’s wife) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) used to practice Itikaaf (Staying in mosque for worshipping for 3 or 10 days in Ramadan) in the last ten nights of the Ramadan and say: ‘Seek out Laylatul-Qadr in the (odd nights) of the last ten days of Ramadan.” (Bukhaari, Muslim)

 
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