The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are almost upon us. Many of us are wondering, how should we spend these days and what should we do?
Ramadan ended 2 months ago and many of us have returned to our normal daily routines. For many of us the blessings that we would feel during Ramadan and the good actions it would make us do have come to a standstill and our busy day to day lives have taken over.
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la il aha ill Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillah hil hamd
These 10 days give us a chance to refresh ourselves and bring back the Ramadan spirit. They are filled with blessings and hold a lot of importance. As the prophet (saw) said:
‘There are no days during which righteous actions are more pleasing to Allah than these days.’
This year, we have an advantage. Since the lockdown, everything has slowed down. As everyone is in their houses, we all have more time. For many, this is a chance to focus on their households and to increase their worship.
These days only come once a year and it is important for us to act during these days. On these days, there are specific takbeeraat which are mentioned, from Fajr on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah until Asr on the 13th, we should say:
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, la il aha ill Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillah hil hamd.
We should try to recite these after every prayer and also as often as possible.
May Allah swt grant us all the ability to benefit from these 10 days as much as possible
Salah is one of the most beloved deeds to Allah and also one of the most important to Allah swt. The reward of Salah is immense and the reward in these 10 days is even greater. We should try to increase in our salah, pray voluntary prayers or even just give more time and concentration to the 5 daily prayers.
Praying Tahajjud (night prayers) are specifically mentioned about these 10 days when the prophet saw said:
Standing every night of them (in salah) is equivalent to standing on the Night of Qadr.
Rather than making prayer a routine, remember it is an act of worship to Allah swt and bring your prayer back to life.
Many people just think fasting is specific to Ramadan, but there are many other times we can fast. The prophet saw used to fast every Monday and Thursday. Fasting is a deed beloved to Allah and in these 10 days, it is a chance to gain immense rewards. As the prophet saw mentioned about these 10 days:
Fasting every day of them is equivalent to fasting a year.
Standing every night of them (in salah) is equivalent to standing on the Night of Qadr
Reciting Quran is something we most try to implement in our daily lives. It is easy to forget the amount of reward when reading the Quran. The prophet saw said
Whoever recites a letter from the book of Allah will get a good deed which equals to ten rewards.
When reciting even just a page from the Quran, we see there are hundreds and thousands of letters. So imagine the reward one will get and how much this would be in these 10 days.
May Allah swt grant us all the ability to benefit from these 10 days as much as possible.
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