Dhul Hijjah: Maximising your rewards


The month of Dhul Hijjah is one of the holiest periods of the Islamic year SubhanAllah. A month of increased spirituality, we witness two very special events (Hajj and Eid ul Adha) – all in devotion to Allah (SWT).

The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are often referred to as the best 10 days of the year, and a second chance after Ramadan. This year, even if we can’t make the sacred journey of Hajj, there is still a great opportunity for us to earn countless blessings and rewards – at home.

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” [Bukhari]

So, how can we make the most of these 10 days?

1. Increase your Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) during these 10 days. Seeking forgiveness, increasing your prayers, making lots of du’a (supplication), and spiritual reflection are strongly encouraged during this time.

Our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)  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, takbeer  and tahmeed during them.” [Ahmad]

Tahmeed: Al-hamdu Lillah (All praises be to God)

Tahleel: Laa ilaha ill-Allah (There is no god but Allah)

Tasbeeh: Subhaan-Allah (Glory be to God).

2. Fast, especially on the Day of Arafah

The Prophet 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].

Fasting any or all of the first 10 days Dhul Hijjah brings immense rewards. It is said that for each day you fast in these 10 days, Allah rewards you as if you have fasted a whole year. But those who fast on the ninth day (the Day of Arafah) will have their reward doubled: fasting on this day brings with it a reward of up to two years.

The Prophet said: “Fasting the day of Arafah expiates the sins of two years: the past one and the coming one.” [Muslim]

3. Give Sadaqah (voluntary charity)

The rewards for giving charity are multiplied many times over during this special time so don’t miss this opportunity to be as generous as possible.

4. Perform the obligatory sacrifice – Qurban

For every hair of the Qurban you receive a reward from Allah.” [Tirmidhi]

This is an Islamic tradition in which Muslims around the world slaughter an animal – a goat, sheep, cow or camel – to commemorate the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) for his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail, for the sake of God. This takes place on the 10th, 11th or 12th day of Dhul Hijjah.

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5. Preserve ties of kinship

Maintaining the ties of kinship is from the best of deeds. The Propet Muhammad (pbuh) said “Whoever would like his provision to be increased and his lifespan to be extended, let him maintain the ties of kinship.” [Bukhari].