Importance of the First Ten Days of Dhu’l-Hijjah:
Even for those not performing the pilgrimage, Hajj, the first ten days of this month are considered very sacred and a time for increased reflection, seeking Allah’s forgiveness, doing good and various other forms of worship.
Our Master, Prophet Muhammadﷺ has said about the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah:
“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.” [Sahih al-Bukhar].
So sacred are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah that Allah swears an oath by them when He says in the Quran: “By the dawn; by the ten nights” [al-Fajr 89:1-2]. The ten nights whose oath has been mentioned are the first ten nights of Dhu’l-Hijjah. Swearing an oath by something indicates its importance and great benefit.
While any good deed done for the sake of Allah according to the way He approves will be rewarded immensely during the first ten days, InshaAllah, some of the more specific actions mentioned in the traditions of the Beloved Prophetﷺ are fasting and verbal Dhikr (remembrance) of Allahﷻ.
Generally, all good deeds are rewarded highly at this blessed time. These actions include praying, reading Quran, making Du’a (supplication), giving in charity and being good to our families, and other voluntary (nafl) righteous deeds of worship. These are amongst the deeds that are multiplied in these days.
In addition, seeking Allah’s forgiveness (istighfar) and Tawbah (repentance) at this time is also encouraged. This means more than just a verbal statement of sorrow for past misdeeds. It also requires a firm resolution to avoid making the same mistakes in the future by giving up bad habits, and behavior while sincerely turning to Allahﷻ. While any good deed done for the sake of Allahﷻ according to the way He approves will be rewarded immensely during the first ten days, In Sha Allah (if Allah wills), some of the more specific actions mentioned in the traditions of the Prophetﷺ are fasting and verbal Dhikr (remembrance) of Allahﷻ.
Whereas Udh’hiya (Sacrificing of Halal animals for the sake of Allahﷻ) and performing Hajj are obviously the most important deeds of this month but these are mandatory only for those who can afford them.
Note: The one whi intends to offer Udh’hiya on the day of ‘Eid must not cut their hairs and nails following the state of prohibition (Ihram) as of those performing Hajj.
Nevertheless, recitation of salutations (Durood and Salam) is the most virtuous and more beloved deed to Allah. Recite innumerable salutations upon the Master of Universe Prophet Muhammad and his blessed Family and descendants; the Beloved of Lord of the Universe. Sallallahu-alaihi-wa-Aalihi-wasallam
May Allah make us to enter this blessed month with inward and outward purity and spirit of performing good deeds and following the righteous path with guidance and light. Aameen!!