Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Dhul Hijjah Month Significance in Islam

  Tim       Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Dhul Hijjah is one of the most sacred months in Islamic calendar. Being the twelfth and final Islamic month, its significance is marked by two main events: Hajj (yearly sacred pilgrimage to Mecca) and Eid Al-adha. Dhul Hijjah means "possessor of Pilgrimage" or "The Month of Pilgrimage" and Muslims across the world cogregate in Mecca(the Holiest Muslim site) to perform Hajj rituals.  

Hajj takes place on the eight, ninth and tenth of this month. Day of Arafah takes place on the ninth day followed by Eid Al-Adha (Sacrificing Ritual) which begins on the tenth day and concludes on the thirteenth. 

The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

In Islam, the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are considered to be the most blessed days. A Hadith says: 

 "No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhu al-Hijja)." Then some companions of the Prophet 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 those things." (Reported by Tirmidhi)

Chronological Significance of First Ten Days

1- The first nine days are marked by Fasting(optional) 

2- Standing (Qiyaam) in Tahajjud (Night Prayers)

3- The 8th 9th and 10th of Dhul Hijjah involves specific Hajj rites and ceremonies for those who are on pilgrimage. 

4- The 9th days is of Arafah

5-Takbirat Tashreeq are observed by all Muslims across the world from 9th to 13th Dhul Hijjah.

6- The 10th day is considered as the Night of Eid 

7- Eid Al-Adha is observed from 10th to 13th. 

Recommended Acts of Worship

The recommended acts of worship in the first ten days are: 

1- Fasting on first nine days

2- Giving Sadaqah in first nine days. 

3- Spend time reciting Quran and Nawafils 

4- Dua and Dikhr 
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