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Virtues of the Ten Days of Thil Hijja

The Virtues of the Ten Days of Thil Hijja

Imam Bukhari (may the peace of Allah be upon him) narrated on the authority of the son of Abbass (may the peace of Allah be upon them) that the Prophet of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: [No Good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first 10 days of Thil Hijja). Some companions of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him) said: “Not even Jihad?” He replied: “Not even Jihad except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger, (for Allah’s sake), and does not return with any of these things.”


 

 

Actions which could be performed during the ten days of Thil Hijja
   

1. To perform Hajj and Umra, as it is the best deed to perform. Al Bukhari and Muslim had narrated, on the authority of Abu Huraira who said: The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had said: The period from one Umra to the next Umra is an expiation to what is between them and the blessed Hajj has no requital but the paradise.


2. To observe fast during these 10 days of which one is able to fast especially the day of Arafa. Without doubt fasting is the best deed as Allah Almighty says in a Hadeeth Qudsi narrated by Ahmad, Muslim and by An-Nasa’i that the Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had said: Allah (The Exalted and The Glorious) said: “Every deed done by the son of Adam is for him except the fasting, it is for Me and I reward it.”

On the authority of Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the Holy Prophet (may the peace and blessings be upon him) had said: “No day a bondsman fasts in the way of Allah (The Exalted) but Allah
separates with that day the fire from his face, the space of seventy autumns.” (ie. Seventy years). Muslim narrates on the authority of Abu Qatada (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “The messenger of Allah (may the peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The fasting of A’rafah Day expiates the previous and coming year.”

 

3. Takbeer and thikr during these days as Allah Almighty says: [And celebrate the Name of Allah, through the days appointed] 22:28. On the authority of the son of Umr (may the peace of Allah be upon them) that the Prophet of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: [Therefore increase
during these days with Takbeer, Tahleel and Tagmeed.]


4. Repentance and to refrain from evil deeds and all forms of sin, as evil deeds cause one to be distant from Almighty Allah as opposed to good deeds that enable one to be close to Allah Almighty.

 

5. To increase in superogatory good deeds ie. salaah, sadaqah, recitation of the Holy Quran, ordering of good and forbidding of evil, etc. as these deeds all increase in reward during these days no matter how small the deed. 

 

6. The pronunciation of Takbeer generally during these days could be said at any time day or night. The Takbeer, after the congregational prayer commences after Fajr on the 9 th Thil Hijja for the non-Hujaaj and continues until the 13th Thil Hijja after Asr.

 

7. To sacrifice on the day of Eid or on any one of the days of Tashreeq as it is the practice of our Forefather, Prophet Ebrahiem (may the peace of Allah be upon him). Abu Dawood and Al Tirmithi narrated that the Prophet of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) slaughtered a ram and said: “In the name of Allah” and “Allah is the Greatest, our Lord this is on my behalf and behalf of who did not offer a sacrifice from my nation.”

 

8. Muslim had narrated from Umm Salama that the Holy Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had said: “If you see the crescent of Thil Hijja and anyone of you wants to sacrifice let him hold cutting his hair and nails.” (referring specifically to the one who wants to sacrifice and not the spouse or children, unless they want to sacrifice for them). There is no problem if hair falls out whilst washing or rubbing it.

 

9. It is sunnah to perform the salatul-Eid and it is highly recommended that it should be performed with Jama’ah. Females may also attend. Umm Atiyah reports: “We were ordered to go out with the single and menstruating women to the two Eids in order to witness the good and the supplications of the Muslims. The menstruating women would be separate from the others.” [Related by Al Bukhari and Muslim].

 

10. It is also commendable to congratulate one another on the days of Eid. Jabir ibn Nafir: reports “When the companions of the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) met each other on the day of Eid, they would say to each other,” taqabbal-lal Allahu minna wa minka” [May Allah accept it from us and you].