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Sunnats and Aadaab of Dhul Hijjah

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1. Dhul Hijja is from the four sacred months of the Islamic Calender. The four sacred months are Dhul Qa’dah, Dhul Hijja, Muharram and Rajab. The rewards of any good deed done in these months are multiplied, and the sins committed in these months are also regarded as more serious. Allah Ta’ala says:

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِندَ اللَّـهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا فِي كِتَابِ اللَّـهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّموتِ وَالْأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ (سورة التوبة)

The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year), so ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth; from among them four are sacred.

2. The greatness of the first ten days and nights of Dhul Hijja can be gauged by the fact that Allah Ta’ala had taken a Qasm on the first ten nights of Dhul Hijja in the Qur’an Majeed, and special virtues have been recorded in the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) regarding these days. Allah Ta’ala says:

وَٱلْفَجْرِ ﴿١﴾ وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ ﴿٢﴾

(Qasam) By the break of dawn and by the ten nights (of Dhul Hijja)

 

3. One should exert oneself in ibaadat during the first ten days of Dhul Hijja. Great rewards have been mentioned regarding the ibaadat made during these ten days.

عَن اِبنِ عَبَّاس رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنهُمَا عَن النَّبِي صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَسَلَّم أَنَّهُ قَال مَا العَمَلُ فِي أَيَّامٍ أَفْضَلَ مِنهَا فِي هَذِهِ قَالُوا وَلَا الجِهَاد قَالَ وَلاَ الجِهَاد إِلَّا رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ يُخَاطِرُ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَمْ يَرْجِع بِشَيءٍ (بخاري 1/132)

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Abbas (Radhiallahu Anhu) reports that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “There is no virtuous deed carried out in any day of the year that can be equal to the reward of (that virtuous deed) carried out in these ten days of Dhul Hijja”. The Sahabah asked, “Not even Jihaad?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied, “Not even Jihaad, except for the one who endangers his life and wealth (in Jihad) and does not return with anything (i.e. the Jihad carried out in the ten days of Dhul Hijja is more virtuous than Jihad during the rest of the year except for that Mujaahid who gains martyrdom).

4. One should fast during the first ten days. By fasting any of the first ten days of Dhul Hijja (besides the tenth), one will get the reward of fasting the entire year.


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