Significance of Dhul Hijjah

10 Nov

وَلَيَالٍ عَشْرٍ

By the ten nights. [89:2]

  • If Al- was on the night it would be: by the ten nights. The omission of Al- makes it more than a set of ten nights. The major opinions are: the last of Ramadan and the first of Dhul Hijjah.
  • This oath is connected to the end of the Surah: And enter My Paradise [89:30]. The best and the easiest time to get closer to Allah and attain paradise are these nights.

The ten days of Dhul Hijjah are unique; they contain many diverse acts of worship, in a very a short period. Some are:

  • Worldly sacrifice for Hajj.
  • Abundance of Dhikr, especially takbeer and tahleel; fasting for the non-pilgrims.
  • Offering sacrifice and feeding the poor.

Prophet SAW said: “No days are more loved by Allah than the first ten of Dhul Hijjah. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer late-night prayer in one of its nights is like performing it on Lailatul Qadr.”

[Al-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Al-Baihaqi]

* This is a weak hadith, which cannot be used to derive legislation. One can practice weak hadith concerning virtues and reward.


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