While the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah hold special significance for those performing Hajj, it is essential to remember that even for those not at the sacred pilgrimage, these days present a chance for immense reward and spiritual growth. Let us explore how we can make the most of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, regardless of our physical location, as supported by the Quran and Hadith.
- Intensify acts of worship: The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are a prime time for increased acts of worship. Allah says in the Quran, “And remember the name of Allah on the appointed days” (Quran 22:28). Engage in extra prayers, recite the Quran with reflection and understanding, and engage in supplication and remembrance of Allah. Set aside specific times during the day for dedicated worship, striving to increase your devotion and connect deeply with your Creator.
- Observe voluntary fasts: Fasting is a highly recommended act during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, particularly on the Day of Arafah, which falls on the ninth day. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Fasting the Day of Arafah expiates the sins of the previous year and the coming year” (Sahih Muslim). By observing voluntary fasts, you can purify your soul, seek forgiveness, and reap the immense rewards of this blessed month.
- Increase in charity: The act of giving in charity holds immense blessings and rewards. Allah says in the Quran, “And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good” (Quran 2:195). Use the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah as an opportunity to be generous and support charitable causes. Whether it is donating to organizations that help the less fortunate or assisting individuals in need within your community, let compassion guide your actions and strive to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
- Engage in Dhikr and dua: Remembering Allah and supplicating to Him are essential aspects of worship. Allah says in the Quran, “Remember Me, and I will remember you” (Quran 2:152). Increase your remembrance of Allah by engaging in Dhikr, reciting the glorification and praise of Allah. Take time to make heartfelt dua, seeking guidance, forgiveness, and blessings. Let your words be a reflection of your trust and reliance on Allah.
- Reflect and seek self-improvement: Use this sacred period to reflect upon your own spiritual journey and seek self-improvement. Allah says in the Quran, “O you who have believed, repent to Allah with sincere repentance. Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds and admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow” (Quran 66:8). Assess your actions, habits, and intentions, and strive to rectify any shortcomings. Set spiritual goals for yourself and make a plan to implement positive changes in your life. The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah offer a chance for self-reflection and growth, enabling you to draw closer to Allah and become a better version of yourself.
- Learn about the rituals of Hajj: Although not physically present at Hajj, take the opportunity to educate yourself about the rituals and significance of the pilgrimage. Allah says in the Quran, “And proclaim to the people the Hajj; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass” (Quran 22:27). Learn about the journey of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and the acts performed during Hajj. Gain a deeper understanding of the spiritual lessons embedded within this sacred pilgrimage. By increasing your knowledge, you can develop a greater appreciation for the blessings and wisdom behind the rituals.
- Involve your family and community: Encourage your family and community to also make the most of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “The best deeds are those done regularly, even if they are few” (Sunan Ibn Majah). Organize group prayers, Quran study circles, or charitable activities together. Foster an environment of collective worship and spiritual support. By involving others, you can create a sense of unity and shared spiritual growth within your immediate circle.
In conclusion, the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are a precious time for Muslims to engage in acts of worship, seek spiritual growth, and earn immense rewards. By intensifying acts of worship, observing voluntary fasts, engaging in charity, remembering Allah, reflecting on self-improvement, learning about Hajj, and involving our families and communities, we can make the most of this blessed period. Let us embrace the teachings of the Quran and Hadith and seize this opportunity to draw closer to Allah and attain His mercy and blessings.