We are at the beginning of the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar “Dhul Hijja”. The first 10 days of this month have a special significance in Islam, especially the day of Arafat, which closes the Hajj, the “Great Pilgrimage”, and the feast of Eid el Kebir.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “There is no act that is better in the sight of Allah and more richly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of Al-Adha. Hadith reported by Al-Bukhari.
During these particular days, all good deeds performed receive a multiplied reward.
Just as the last ten nights of Ramadan are the best of the year, these first ten days of Dhul Hijja are the best of the year and are the most beloved of Allah.
What are the recommended acts during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijja?
1. Fasting the first nine days and especially the “Day of Arafat”.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) used to fast on the ninth day (the day of Arafat) of Dhul Hijja: “Fasting on the day of Arafat is an atonement for (all the sins of) the previous year and an atonement for (all the sins of) the coming year”
Indeed, for each day fasted, Allah, in His great Mercy, erases two years of sins. Why should we deprive ourselves of this?
2. Performing Dhikr and Takbir
The Prophet (PBUH) said: “There are no days when good deeds are greater and more loved by Allah than these ten days. In this period, repeat often the formulas “Lâ ilâha ill-Allâh”, the Takbir “Allahu Akbar” and the Tahmid “Al hamdu Lillâh”.
3. To repent sincerely
“The one who repents and believes and does good deeds, he can expect to be among the blessed” (Qur’an 28:67)
“O you who have believed! Repent to Allah with sincere repentance” (Qur’an 66/8)
Sincere repentance, with the intention of never returning to one’s sins, is very dear to Allah. Of course, the act of contrition can be done at any time, but one should take advantage of this special moment, when Allah is listening to us, to make good resolutions, fight against one’s weaknesses, and ask forgiveness for one’s shortcomings.
4. Read the Holy Quran
Open your Quran, reread the verses you may have forgotten, learn the suras, trying to pronounce them as well as possible, for example with the help of a Tajwid book. Above all, try to understand the meaning of what you read, to be totally in tune with the Message.
5. Multiplying good deeds
Let us take advantage of this blessed period, where rewards are multiplied, to increase our daily acts of worship, but also to multiply good deeds, such as visiting one’s parents, taking care of one’s family, educating one’s children, helping the poor. Of course, all these acts are to be performed throughout the year, but this is the time to start the good habits that will follow you throughout your life?
“So whoever does the weight of an atom of good will see it and whoever does the weight of an atom of evil will see it. (Qur’an 99/7-8)
6. Attending the Eid prayer
Attending the Eid prayer is a recommendation of the Sunnah. It is expressly advised for both men and women to attend. Do not leave before the end of the khutba (sermon), as this one, prepared especially for the occasion, will be full of advice for a good start to your year.
7. Performing the sacrifice of an animal and distributing its meat to the needy.
The sacrifice is an obligation of the father of the family, in reference to the story of Ibrahim. It must be performed on the day of Eid after the prayer or during the 3 days that follow (tachriq days). However, the sanitary and legal rules imposed by the French legislation must be respected. Those who cannot make the sacrifice can, through certain associations and mosques, make a contribution which will be used to feed people in a precarious state
Attention: It is forbidden to fast on the day of Eid and the 3 days that follow. These days are reserved for celebration (without excess), gifts, and festivities.