How to Benefit From the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

By Nur Hazirah Jamaludin | 14, Jun, 2024
How to Benefit From the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

"There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved
to Allah than these ten days." 

The hadith means that there are no days more beloved to Allah for performing righteous deeds than the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. This period is considered highly virtuous, and acts of worship and good deeds done during these days are especially pleasing to Allah. As Muslims have departed for Hajj and the month of Dhul Hijjah has arrived, there are ways for Muslims around the world to also benefit and make the most out of this great month and to end of this lunar year. Here are some ways to benefit from the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah.

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1. Fasting in the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah

The Prophet ﷺ said,

"One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship in the Lailatul-Qadr" [Bukhari]

and when the Prophet ﷺ was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah, so he said:

"It expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year.[Muslim]


2. Increase in Nawaafil prayers

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:

"On this day, Allah, the most Exalted, descends to the nearest heaven, and He is proud of His servants on the earth and says to those in heavens, look at My servants, they have come from far and near, with hair disheveled and faces covered with dust, to seek my Mercy. Even if their sins are as much the sand or the froth of the sea, I shall forgive them."

"and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship in the Laylatul Qadr", as described in the Quran as, "better than a thousand months[Al-Qadr 97:3]

Nawaafil Prayers you can do:

  • Dhuha
  • Rawatib
  • Tahajjud
  • Witr
  • Eid Prayers


3. Recite the Dua of Arafah

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: 

"The most excellent dua is the dua on the Day of Arafah, and the best of what I and the prophets before me have said, is

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ ، وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ ، وهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

"Lā ilāha illallāh, waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-ḥamdu, wa huwa ‘alā kulli shai’in qadīr"

"There is nothing that deserves to be worshiped in truth except Allah, He is Alone and has no partner, to Him belongs the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is All-Powerful over all things.'"



4. Dhikr

Our Prophet ﷺ said:

“There are no days that are greater before Allah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days, so recite a great deal of tahleel,  takbeer and tahmeed during them.”  [Ahmad]

لْحَمْدُ لِلَّٰهِ

"Alhamdu Lillah"
All praises be to God

لا إله إلا الله

"Laa ilaha ill-Allah"
There is no god but Allah

سُـبْـحَـانَ ٱلله

Glory be to God

الله أكبر

"Allahu Akbar"
God is (the) greatest


5. Make Lots of Dua

The Prophet ﷺ also said the following about this day:

There is no day on which Allah ransoms more slaves from the Fire than the Day of ArafatHe draws closer and closer, then He boasts about them before the angels and says: ‘What do these people want?’ [Ahmad]

Who and What Do I Make Dua For?

  • Parents
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Brothers & Sisters of Islam
  • Those who have passed on
  • World Peace
  • Internal Peace
  • Rizq
  • Guidance
  • Ease
  • Istiqomah
  • Imaan


6. Charity

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them.” [Muslim]

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” [Tirmidhi]

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.”  [Tirmidhi]

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” [Muslim]


Let us follow the advice of our beloved Prophet and may Allah give us ease and guidance to perform our ibadah and forgive our sins. InshAllah.


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