Among the great opportunities and the blessed times for the competitors of Paradise is the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah.
As Allah describes the sheer bliss in the Heavens which He has prepared for the believers in the Hereafter, He pays the attention the fact that Paradise is the best reward that a person may win. Almighty God says,
Indeed, the righteous will be in pleasure. * On adorned couches, observing. * They will be given to drink [pure] wine [which was] sealed. * The last of it is musk. So for this let the competitors compete. (Al-Mutaffifin 83:22-26)
The biggest prize is Paradise indeed, not anything else. So, the believers should compete to win it through observing everything that keeps one close to God and making use of the blessed times when the rewards are doubled by offering acts of worship as much as possible during them.
Among the great opportunities and the blessed times for the competitors of Paradise is the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. The excellence of these days has been expressed in numerous hadiths of the Prophet (peace be upon him). He (peace be upon him) said: “There are no deeds as excellent as those done in these ten days.” They (the companions) said, “Not even Jihad?” He (peace be upon him) said, “No, not even Jihad except a man who goes forth endangering his life and wealth and does not return with anything.” (Al-Bukhari)
Also, it is reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There are no other days that are as great as these in the sight of Allah, the Most Sublime. Nor are there any deeds more beloved to Allah then those that are done in these ten days. So increase in tahlil (to say la ilaha ill Allah “No one worthy of worship but Allah), takbir (to say allahu akbar “Allah is the Greatest”) and tahmid (to say alhumdulillah “praise be to Allah”).” (At-Tabarani)
Enjoy watching this video by Sheikh Dr. Haitham Al-Haddad who will talk about the virtues and superiority of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah and explaining the recommendable deeds during these blessed days.
In order to motivate people to hasten to the good doing and worship, the Almighty God has singled out specific places and times with additional honor and reward. The differentiation and preference of such places or times over the others serve to wake up people’s energy and resolutions towards the pleasure of God. Moreover, this prevents boredom, and revives one’s activity to utilize these times to get closer to God and increase their rewards.
Having this in mind, I’d like to bring good news to the dear reader that the best days all over the year are these first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah, which already started today. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in a hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim, “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” The people asked, “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.”
In this interesting video, Sheikh Yasir Qadhi talks about the excellence of first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah and the desirable actions during them. Enjoy watching this video to know more about the merit of these days and how the Salaf utilized these days to gain their rewards.
By Sheikh Sayyed Sabiq
The ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah are the best days in the sight of Allah.
Jabir ibn `Abd Allah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “The ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah are the best days in the sight of Allah.” A man asked, “Are these days better than an equivalent number of days that are spent fighting for the cause of Allah?” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) answered, “They are better than an equivalent number of days spent fighting in the cause of Allah. And there is no day better in the sight of Allah than the Day of `Arafah. On this day Allah, the Almighty and the Exalted One, descends to the nearest heaven, and He is proud of His slaves on the earth and says to those in heaven, ‘Look at My servants. They have come from far and near, with hair disheveled and faces covered with dust, to seek My mercy, even though they have not seen My chastisement. Far more people are freed from the Hellfire on the Day of `Arafah than on any other day. ’” (Ibn Hibban) Ibn Al-Mubarak reported from Sufyan Ath-Thawri, from Az-Zubayr ibn `Ali, from Anas ibn Malik that he said: The Prophet spent the day at `Arafah until almost sunset. Then he said, “O Bilal, ask the people to be quiet and listen to me.” Bilal stood up and asked the people to be quiet and listen to the Prophet. When the people were quiet, the Prophet said, “O people, a little while ago Gabriel (peace be upon him) came to me. Gave me salutations from Allah and informed me that Allah has forgiven those who spend the Day at `Arafah and those who stop at Al-Mash`ar Al-Haram, and that He has guaranteed their debts.”
At this `Umar ibn Al-Khattab stood up and asked, “O Allah’s Messenger, is this for us only?” The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “This is for you and for all those who will come after you until the Day of Judgment.” `Umar exclaimed, “How plentiful and blissful Allah’s bounties are!”
Muslim and others have reported from `A’ishah that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allah frees far more people from Hellfire on the Day of `Arafah than on any other day, and Allah comes closer this day and proudly says to the angels, ‘What do these people want and seek?’”Abu Ad-Darda reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “On no other day does the Satan feel so belittled, humiliated, and angry as he does on the Day of `Arafah.” The reason for this is the mercy of Allah that descends (this day) and the forgiveness that He grants to people for major sins, except the day of the Battle of Badr, which witnessed a far greater mercy of Allah descending upon people, which caused great sadness to Satan.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked, “O Prophet of Allah, what did Satan see on the day of the Battle of Badr?” “He saw Gabriel leading the troops of angels,” he replied. (Malik and Al-Hakim)
Extracted from the author’s book: Fiqh al-Sunnah. Here taken from Onislam.net.