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The Best 10 Days of the Year

1st Day starts tomorrow depending upon the NEW moon-sighting

Month of Dhul Hijjah

Dhul Hijjah literally means owner of Hajj. ...

The name of Dhul Hijjah indicates that it is the month of Hajj,

the pilgrimage to Ka’bah.

The Messenger of Allah,
Muhammad SAW called the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah :

"The best days in the world are the ten days."

Although Muslims are required to perform good deeds throughout their lives,

the first ten days of the month of Dhul Hijjah,

are the days in which Allah loves His faithful doing good deeds.

Ibn 'Abbaas R narrated that the Messenger of Allah S said:

"There ore no days during which good deeds are more beloved to Allah than these (ten) days."

He was then asked:

Not even jihad in the path of Allah?

So he replied:

"Not even jihad in the path of Allah, except for a person who goes out with his self and his wealth, and comes back with nothing."

Sahih-Bukhari (2/382)

Allah has taken an oath by in the Qur-an,

by His saying:

"By the Dawn and by the Ten Nights."

[Surah (Chapter) al-Fajr (The Break of Day or the Dawn) Qur-an 89:1-2].

It is recommended to make Takbir

(saying Allahu Akbar),

Tahlil

(saying La Ilaha Illallah)

and

Tamhid

(saying Alhamdulillah)

during these days ..."

Imam Ibn al-Qayyim (d.751H) also quoted about the virtues of these ten days citing another Hadith (Saying of Muhammad SAW):

"There are no days that are greater with Allah,

and in which good deeds are more beloved to Him,

than these ten days.

So increase in making tasbih

(saying Subhanallah),

Tamhid

(saying Alhamdulillah),

Tahlil

(saying La Ilaha Illallah)

and Takbir

(saying Allahu Akbar),

during them."

FASTING THE DAY OF 'ARAFAH (9th day)

The ninth day of Dhul Hijjah is called the day of 'Arafah.

On this day the pilgrims of Hajj gather at the mountain plain of 'Arafah.

From Zawal (Little past high-noon) to Maghrib (Sunset),

they stand for Wuquf ‘Arafah facing the Qiblah
(Direction of the Ka’bah),

and make Du’a (Supplication) to Allah.

It is Mustahab (Highly Desirable) for the non-pilgrims to fast on this day of ‘Arafah (9 Dhul Hijjah).

The Messenger of Allah SAW was asked about fasting on the day of 'Arafah,

so he said:

"Fasting expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year."

The Messenger of Allah S also 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 revels before His Angel saying:

What are these people seeking."

Imaam at-Tirmidhee (d.275H) said:

"The People of Knowledge recommend to fast on the day of 'Arafah, except for those at 'Arafah."

SLAUGHTERING ON THE DAY OF AN-NAHR AND 'ID UL AD-HA OR THE FOLLOWING THREE DAYS (10th day)

The tenth day of Dhul Hijjah is known as the Yaum un Nahr (The Day of Slaughtering).
Pilgrims of Hajj (Pilgrimage to the Ka’bah),

offer a sacrifice after completing the major rituals of Hajj (Pilgrimage to the Ka’bah).

It is done to commemorate the sacrifice of Ibrahim A and his elder son Isma'il A.

Yaum un Nahr (The Day of Slaughtering) is the best day among the ten best days of the year.

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) said: "The most excellent day of the week is the day of Jumu'ah (Friday), by the agreement of the Scholars. And the most excellent day of the year is the day of Nahr. And some of them said that it is the day of 'Arafah. However, the first opinion is the correct one, since it is related in the Sunan collections that the Messenger of Allah S said: "The most excellent days with Allah is the day of an-Nahr, then the day of al-Qarr (the day that the Muslims reside in Mina)."

The Messenger of Allah S said::

"The greatest day of the Hajj (Pilgrimage) is the Day of Nahr (Slaughtering)."

The day of an-Nahr is also known as 'Id ul-Ad-ha

(The Festival of Sacrifice)

and is one of the two major of Muslims.
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