The first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah are one of the BEST times for worship as Allah favors them over other days.
Our Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said in a hadith related by Ibn Abbas (RA): “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah).” They asked: “Not even struggling for the sake of Allah [Jihad]?” He said: “Not even struggling for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for the sake of Allah with his life and his wealth and returns with neither” [Bukhari, 2/457]. The rewards for ibada (religious acts) in these days are worth more in these ten days than in any other time including the last ten nights of Ramadan.
Fasting is one of the BEST deeds that we can do. In a hadith qudsi, Allah tells us: “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it” [Bukhari, 1805]. The Prophet used to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah” [Abu Dawood, 2/462]. We should try to fast the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, in order to follow the Sunnah of our Prophet (PBUH), which is what ISBU intends to do InshaAllah. This is intended to be a reminder for us in order that we may take FULL ADVANTAGE of the great opportunity that is soon to be offered to us InshaAllah. As a group, we will be fasting the 9 days of Dhul-Hijjah and having iftar every night at Towers Dining Hall at Magrhib (EXCEPT for this coming Saturday the 29th which we’ll be providing an iftar for our event. Check below for details). Also check out our plan to have suhour at IHOP here!
These days contain the day of Arafah (the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah), the day on which Allah perfected His religion and Eid ul Adha, the day of Sacrifice. The day of Arafah is the only individual day in which the reward for fasting voluntarily, on this day, is atonement for the lesser sins of the previous and the coming year. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Fasting the day of Arafah expiates the sins of two years: the past one and the coming one. And fasting the day of Ashura expiates the sins of the past year” [Muslim].
The day of Arafah is the day in which Allah (SWT) liberates more people from the Hellfire than any other day. It is said that Eid ul Fitr is a celebration of those who have been liberated from the Hellfire during Ramadan and Eid ul Adha is a celebration of those who have been liberated from the Hellfire on the day of Arafah.
Exalt Allah during these days, as it is Sunnah to recite the remembrances known as the takbeer (Allahu Akbar, God is most great), tahmeed (All praises be to God), tahleel (Laa illaha illa Allah, There is no God but Allah), and tasbeeh (SubhanAllah, Glory be to God) during the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. The Prophet (PBUH) explained how, “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, 7/224].
These days are a great blessing from Allah to us. We must appreciate this bounty and make the MOST of this opportunity.