The Benefits of The First 10 Days of Dhulhijjah

The Prophet Muhammed peace and blessings be upon him(ﷺ) said:

“There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah (SWT) than these [first] 10 days [of Dhul Hijjah] so increase in them your declaration of the oneness of Allah( tahleel), your exaltation of him( takbeer), and your praise of him( tahmeed)  .” {Bukhari}


The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are almost upon us and we don’t want to miss out on a single blessing. There are no days in the year more beloved to Allah than these days; just like the last ten nights of Ramadan, these ten days are crammed with opportunities to earn the reward. Even if you are not going on Hajj, there’s plenty you can do to make the most of Dhul Hijjah at home.



It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbas that the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him  () said:

“There are no days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days,” meaning the (first) ten days of Dhul- Hijjah. They said: “O Messenger of Allah! Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah?” He said: “Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah unless a man goes out with himself and his wealth and does not bring anything back.”


The hadith shows that Allah loves to be worshiped on these ten days, and one of the best ways to ensure you maximize your worship is by fasting all day and praying Tahajjud at night! When you sacrifice food, drink, and sleep for Allah’s sake, you are truly reaping the benefits of these blessed days.




On these 10 blessed days, we are given the chance to free ourselves from sins by repenting so that we are blessed with Allah (SWT)’s forgiveness. Fasting on these 10 days are beloved to Allah (SWT), especially on the ninth of Dhul Hijjah, which is the day of Arafat because fasting on this day means our sins from the previous and coming year will be expiated. This practice is Sunnah for Muslims and is highly recommended.

Abu Qatadah reported that: The Messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him (ﷺ)was asked about the observance of fasting on the day of Arafah. He said “it expiates the sins of the preceding year and the coming year”. [Muslim]


You can increase your rewards by combining your intentions of good deeds too. Make the intention to fast for the first nine holy days of Dhul Hijjah and also to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him (ﷺ) when fasting on the first Monday of Dhul Hijjah and on two Thursdays of Dhul Hijjah too.

Increase your remembrance of Allah (SWT)

The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him ()said: “There are no days that are greater before Allah (SWT) or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him than these 10 days, so recite a great deal of Tahleel, Takbeer, and Tahmeed.” [Ahmad]

  • Tahleel: Laa ilaha ill-Allah – There is no God but Allah (SWT)
  • Takbeer: Allahu Akbar – Allah (SWT) is the Greatest
  • Tahmeed: Alhamdulillah – All Praises be to Allah (SWT)

It is also recommended to recite Tasbeeh.

  • Tasbeeh: Subhanallah – Glory be to Allah (SWT)

During these 10 days, recite your remembrance as often as you can and keep Allah (SWT) in your heart with everything that you do. Remembering Allah (SWT) is a pious act of worship and the proclamation of the greatness of Allah (SWT) represents your love for Him and His love for you.


Read the Qur’an


Muslims will earn great rewards for reciting the Qur’an. Reading just a single letter from the book of Allah (SWT) will receive a Hasanah (good deed). The Prophet Muhammed peace and blessings be upon him said: “Read the Qur’an, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions.” [Muslim]

Give More Sadaqah

Not only are these the most beloved days to Allah – but He loves to be worshiped on them, and for us to put extra effort into doing good deeds during these days. Whether you’re helping around the house more, making a loved one a cup of tea, or simply smiling at your family, friends, and colleagues – these actions become more valuable during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. 


Day of Arafat

The Day of Arafah is known as the day where if sought after, millions of Muslims’ sins are forgiven by Allah. Arafah is known as the day Allah perfected the religion of Islam.

The Day of ‘Arafah is the Hajj in itself. So said the Prophet Muhammed peace and blessings and be upon him:

“Al-Hajj ‘Arafah,” meaning “‘Arafah is the Hajj” (Ahmad).

Without observing it in its proper place and time, there is no Hajj. This means that all other aspects and rites of Hajj have some lawful way to make up for missing or modifying them or factors that may excuse one from them.

On the Day of ‘Arafah, from somewhat before noon until sunset, Pilgrims, observing the rules and symbolic dress of ritual pilgrim sanctity (iḥrâm), gather on the Plain of ‘Arafât and take their stand (wuqûf) of faith before God, entreating His mercy and forgiveness. From this rite, ‘Arafah takes its other popular name, Yawm Al-Waqf (the Day of Standing).

Its scene — a sea of indistinguishable humanity across a stark plain, pleading with outstretched hands for their Lord’s acceptance of their repentance, His pardon, forgiveness, and mercy, and His admission of them into His Paradise — presages humanity’s standing before Allah on the Day of Judgment.

While resting and even sleep from fatigue are not proscribed for Pilgrims on this day, the Prophet, on him, be peace, is known to have condensed and combined, the noon and midday ritual Salah-Prayers of Dhuhr and ‘Aṣr, respectively, at the earliest time on this day. Then he beseeched Allah in supplicatory prayer (dua) — with outstretched arms, upraised palms, and intensity virtually continuously — from just after noon until sunset.

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