10 Step Guide to embrace the Blessings of Dhul Hijjah

10 Step Guide to embrace the Blessings of Dhul Hijjah

What are the best duas and actions to perform during Dhul Hijjah if you are completing Hajj this year? Our days during Ramadhan were imbued with fasting, remembrance, and charity, strengthening our bond with the Creator. However, as the weeks pass, it’s easy to slip back into old habits, and the spiritual fervor may wane.

But there’s hope. Allah (SWT) has designated specific periods better than others to reignite our faith and motivation. After Ramadhan, we are blessed with another significant opportunity: the days of Dhul Hijjah.

“There is no day wherein any good action is more beloved to Allah than these ten days… not even Striving in the path of Allah, with the exception of that person who left with his life and wealth and did not return with any of it (i.e. he is martyred).” (Bukhari)

While the last 10 days of Ramadhan are widely recognized and embraced, the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are often overlooked, despite being more virtuous.

“These ten days are better than all the other days of the year, with no exceptions, not even the last ten days of Ramadhan.” (Ibn Kathir)

Just as we meticulously plan for significant life events, we should equally, if not more, prepare for these blessed days to maximize our rewards in the Hereafter. Here’s your guide to fully capitalize on these 10 days of Dhul Hijjah with easy yet impactful deeds. 

1. Fast the First Nine Days

The Prophet (SAW) fasted during the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah, especially on the Day of Arafah, which expiates the sins of the previous and coming year (Muslim). If you can’t fast all nine days, prioritize the Day of Arafah.

2. Increase in Charity
“Charity does not decrease wealth.” (Muslim)

Charity multiplies blessings, repels calamity, and brings healing. Given the anxiety of uncertain times, it’s the perfect moment to give. Supporting HHUGS (Helping Households Under Great Stress) during these days allows you to help single mothers in dire need, while also earning immense spiritual rewards. Sign up for automated giving to ensure you don’t miss any opportunity.

3. Offer Qurbani

“There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals.” (Tirmidhi)

Performing Qurbani during these days is highly rewarding. While many opt for cheaper Qurbani abroad, offering the best quality locally, despite the cost, is more pleasing to Allah. HHUGS facilitates local Qurbani, ensuring your sacrifice reaches those in need nearby.

4. Sacrifice What You Love

Emulate Ibrahim (AS) by sacrificing something you cherish for Allah. Participate in the “Give It Up For HHUGS” challenge, sacrificing caffeine, sugar, junk food, or social media, and raise funds to support needy families during Eid ul Adha.

5. Increase in Dhikr

Integrate remembrance of Allah into your daily routine. Dhikr brings inner peace and protection. During Dhul Hijjah, recite Takbeer at-Tashreeq after every obligatory prayer from the Fajr of the 9th to the Asr of the 13th. Men should recite it aloud, while women should do so silently.

“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd.”

6. Recite and Reflect on the Quran

Attachment to the Quran indicates one’s faith. Reading and reflecting on the Quran draws us closer to Allah and will intercede for us on the Day of Judgement. Set a daily target for recitation and reflection during these 10 days.

“Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward, and this reward will be multiplied by ten...” [At-Tirmidhi]

7. Increase in Supplication

Du’a reflects our reliance on Allah. Use these days to ask for everything you need, especially during fasting and at times when du’as are accepted, like the last third of the night or the hour on Friday.

“When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” (Quran, 2:18).

8. Seek Knowledge

Knowledge of Allah and His rewards and punishments motivates us to obey Him. Use this time to learn more about Hajj, the Prophets, and the Sahaba. Participate in webinars and read books to deepen your understanding.

“Whoever follows a path in pursuit of knowledge, Allah makes his way easy to paradise.” (Bukhari)

9. Make Life Changes

Dhul Hijjah is ideal for reflection and making positive life changes. Abandon sins and replace them with good deeds. This is the time to break bad habits and cultivate virtues that please Allah.

“So do not wrong yourselves therein [in Dhul Hijjah].” (Qur’an 9:36)

10. Increase in Good Deeds

Engage in small but consistent good deeds. Simple acts like smiling, honoring parents, or helping strangers can be profoundly rewarding. Increase your Ibadah, both day and night, and make consistent efforts to improve your character and heart.

“Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.” (Ibn Majah)

By embracing these ten ways, you can make the most of Dhul Hijjah and ensure it becomes a period of spiritual renewal and immense reward. May Allah (SWT) accept our efforts and grant us success in this life and the Hereafter.

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