Best Duas for the First 10 Days Dhul Hijjah

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Within Dhul Hijjah, the twelfth and final month of the Islamic (Hijri) Calendar, falls one of the holiest times of the year. As the first ten days of the Islamic month are considered the best days of the year and the most beloved to Allah (SWT).

For Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:

After Ramadan, many of us feel as though we might’ve fallen short of our spiritual goals. Maybe we haven’t read as much of the Qur’an as we were supposed to. Or, we struggled to find time to do extra prayers or supplications.

That’s why these blessed ten days are the best time to make up for that. To strengthen our relationship with Allah (SWT) by maximising our worship. And one of the best ways to do this is to make lots of Du’a!

The Importance of Dua During Dhul Hijjah

When we perform Dua with sincere intention and faith in Allah’s (SWT) acceptance, we have great opportunities to receive immense rewards from Him.

As Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:

To make the most of this blessed period, we should strive to increase our dua, supplicating to Allah (SWT) for His Mercy, forgiveness and blessings. But what are the duas we should especially consider during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah?

What are the best Duas for Dhul Hijjah?

Here are some of the most beneficial Duas to help you reap the rewards of the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah:

Dua for Fasting

Fasting on the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah is an important Sunnah. Fasting itself is one of the most beloved acts of worship. But fasting on these blessed days, especially on the 9th day, the Day of Arafah, in particular, brings great rewards and forgiveness of sins.

When you open your fast, recite the following Dua:

ذهب الظمأ وابتلت العروق وثبت الأجر إن شاء ال:له
Dhahaba adh-Dhama’ wabtallatil-urooq wa thabatal-ajr inshaa’Allah
Thirst is gone, the veins are wet, and the reward is confirmed by the will of God.

Sunan Abi Dawud

Dua for Forgiveness

Allah extends his Divine Mercy to all those who turn to Him with sincerity and supplicate for forgiveness, especially during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.

From the Qur’an, one Dua for forgiveness is:

رَبَّنَآ إِنَّنَآ ءَامَنَّافَٱغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ
Rabbanaaa innanaaa aamannaa faghfir lanaazunoobanaa wa qinaa ‘azaaban Naar’
Our Lord! surely we believe, therefore forgive us our faults and save us from the chastisement of the fire

Al-Imran, 3:16

Dua for protection

In these first ten days of Dhul Hijjah that are most beloved to Allah, it’s important to remember our Akhirah when making Dua, and to ask for protection.

Making dua during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah is a powerful act of worship

During this blessed period, you can make this Dua for protection:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ رِضَاكَ وَالجَنَّةَ ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ وَالنَّارِ
Allaahumma innee as-aluka Ridaaka wal Jannah wa a’audhu’bika min sakhatika wan-naar
O Allah, I ask of Your pleasure and for Paradise, and I seek refuge from Your displeasure and from the Hellfire.

Dua for Divine Guidance

We have the best opportunity to gain closeness to Allah (SWT) during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. To receive His guidance by asking Him to change the direction of our lives so that we are focused on gaining His pleasure.

One Du’a for Allah’s guidance is:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ الهُدَى وَ التُّقَى وَ العَفَافَ وَ الغِنَى
Allāhumma Innī As’aluka al-Hudā Wat-Tuqā Wal-Afāfa Wal-Ghinā
O Allah, I ask You for guidance and piety, and abstinence (from the unlawful) and modesty, and contentment and sufficiency.

Sahih Muslim

Dua for the Ummah

Dhul Hijjah is the time when Hajj, the fifth and final pillar of Islam, takes place. When Muslims from across the globe unite at Makkah with the same goal of pleasing Allah and fulfilling their duty to Him. During these blessed days, it’s important to remember our brothers and sisters from across the globe – in Gaza, Sudan and more – and ask Allah (SWT) to grant them ease and patience and fulfil their needs.

اللَّهُمَّ أَصْلِحْ أُمَّةَ مُحَمَّدٍ اللَّهُمَّ فَرِّجْ عَنْ أُمَّةِ مُحَمَّدٍ اللَّهُمَّ ارْحَمْ أُمَّةَ مُحَمَّدٍ
Allahumma aslih Ummata Muhammad. Allahumma farrij ‘an Ummati Muhammad. Allahumma Rham Ummata Muhammad [sallAllahu alayhi wasalam]
O Allah! Improve (help) the state of the Ummah of Muhammad. O Allah! Grant ease to the Ummah of Muhammad. O Allah! Have mercy on the Ummah of Muhammad.

Dua for Acceptance

During Dhul Hijjah, on Eid al-Adha, Qurban takes place across the globe. It is an act of worship where Muslims sacrifice an animal (goat, cow, sheep or camel) for the sake of Allah (SWT), reflecting the Prophet Ibrahim (AS)’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail (AS), for His sake.

qurban inspection in preparation for dhul hijjah

After increasing our worship and fulfilling Qurban in Dhul Hijjah, it’s important to make Dua for the acceptance of our good deeds.

As we reflect on Prophet Ibrahim (AS)’s story and sacrifice, we can recite the Dua that he made while he and Ismail (AS) completed building the Holy Ka’aba:

رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيم
Rabbana taqabbal minna, innaka antas-Sami’ul-‘Aleem.
Our Lord! Accept (this service) from us. Verily! You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.

Al-Baqarah, 2:127

Duas for Day of Arafah

In Islam, the Day of Arafah is one of the holiest days of the year. It’s the day on which Allah (SWT) perfected Islam, completing His favours onto His beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).

Whether we are performing Hajj and standing on the plains of Arafah on this day or at home, it’s important to make the most of the blessed day. We should make lots of Du’a, asking Allah (SWT) for forgiveness, and include our friends, relatives, neighbours and the wider Ummah in our Duas on this special day.

For Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said,

There is also a special Dua to recite on the Day of Arafah, which is best made during the last hour of the day before Maghrib prayer:

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٍ
Lailaha illalahu wahadahu lasharikalahu lahulmulku walahu hamdu wahuva alakulli shayin kadir
There is no God but Allah alone Who has no partner, to whom dominion belongs, to whom praise is due, and who has power over everything.

Hisnul Muslim

It is also the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) to recite Tahleel (‘Laillaha illalah’), Takbeer (‘Allahuakbar’), Tahmeed (‘Allhamdulillah’), and Tasabeeh(‘Subhanallah’) as many times as possible on this day (Ahmad).

Dua to recite on Eid al Adha (10th of Dhul Hijjah)

It is highly recommended for every Muslim adult to recite the Takbeer-e-Tashreeq after prayer from the 9th-13th Dhul Hijjah.

اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ لَا إلَهَ إلَّا اللَّهُ وَاَللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ وَلِلَّهِ الْحَمْد
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd
Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and all praises are for Allah only.

Make the most of Dhul Hijjah with your dua and other acts of worship

Overall, the blessed month of Dhul Hijjah is our opportunity to strengthen our connection with Allah (SWT) through increasing our acts of worship, including making an abundance of dua.

This year, the start of Dhul Hijjah will begin on Friday, June 7, 2024, depending on the sighting of the moon. Let us make these blessed 10 days a time to reflect on our lives and ask Allah (SWT) for His forgiveness and guidance.

May Allah (SWT) bless us all with the opportunity to make the most of the blessed time, and may our dua be a source of solace, hope and positive change, ameen!