Allah Subhan Wa Taala gives us a great many opportunities throughout the year to get more and more blessings from Him. Most Muslims know about the blessings of the last 10 days (and nights) but not everyone is aware of the fact that the first ten days of the last month of the Islamic month, Dhul Hijjah, are equally packed with blessings. Allah SWT says in the Quran:
“By the dawn; By the 10 nights” [al-Fajr 89:1-2].
According to most Islamic scholars, these ayahs refer to the first ten nights of Dhul-Hijjah. This opinion is also validated by Ibn Katheer as he states:
“This is the correct opinion.” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 8/413]
Ibn e Abbass narrates the Hadiths of Rasul Allah S.A.W as:
Some of the good deeds recommended in these 10 days are:
1. Observing Voluntary fasts
2. Offering animal sacrifices (lamb, goat, etc.)
3. Sincere repentance
4. Recitation of the Quran
5. Staying up the night
6. Praying the Eid prayers on the tenth day of Dhul Hijjah.
The Prophet (SAWS) direct Muslims to recite a lot of Tasbeeh (“Subhan-Allah”), Tahmeed (“Al-hamdu Lillaah”), and Takbeer (“Allaahu Akbar”) during this time. Hazrat Abdullaah ibn ‘Umar (R.A) reported that the Prophet (SAWS) said:
Those Muslims who are not attending hajj this year should fast on the day of Arafah because it is highly recommended and it is confirmed Sunnah for those who are not able to attend Hajj. Abu Qatadah (R.A) narrated that the Prophet Mohammed Peace is upon was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Arafah and he said:
“It expiates for the past and coming years.”Narrated by Muslim (1162).
There is another similar hadith reported:
Ibn Qudaamah (RTA) said in al-Mughni (4/443),:
When Sheikh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (RTA) was asked about the ruling of fasting on the day of Arfah for non-pilgrims and pilgrims? He replied: Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah for non-pilgrims is a confirmed Sunnah.
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Arafah and he said:
As for the pilgrim, it is not Sunnah for him to fast on the day of ‘Arafah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not fast on the day of ‘Arafah during the Farewell Pilgrimage.
In Saheeh al-Bukhaari it is narrated from Maymoonah (may Allah be pleased with her) that the people were not sure whether the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was fasting on the day of ‘Arafah, so she sent him some milk when he was standing in ‘Arafah, and he drank it whilst the people were looking on. End quote.
Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (part 20, question no. 404)
So, as Muslims, we should welcome the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah with the same fervor and enthusiasm as we welcome the last ten days of Ramadan or any other blessed days in Islam. Let’s make the most of it.