The Best Duas for Dhul Hijjah
One of the holiest times of the Islamic year is found in the month of Dhul Hijjah. As the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are considered the best days of the year and the most beloved to Allah (SWT).
For Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said: “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days” (Sahih Bukhari)
Thus, during these blessed ten days, it’s important for us to focus on our relationship with Allah (SWT) by maximising our worship. 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: “Dua is the essence of worship.” (Tirimdhi)
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 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:
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:
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.
During this blessed period, you can make this Dua for protection:
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:
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 and ask Allah (SWT) to grant them ease and patience and fulfil their needs.
Dua for Acceptance
During Dhul Hijjah, 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.
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:
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 no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ‘Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ‘Arafah), and then He reveals before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” (Sahih Muslim)
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:
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
It is highly recommended for every Muslim adult to recite the Takbeer-e-Tashreeq after prayer from the 9th-13th Dhul Hijjah.
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. Let us make this blessed period 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 these blessed ten days, and may our dua be a source of solace, hope and positive change, ameen!