Islamic Month-Zill Hajj-The Blessed First Ten Days Of Zill Hajj- How to Spent

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The Prophet Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him] said,

“There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allaah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of Zill Hajj”. It was asked, “Not even Jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” The Prophet [Peace be Upon Him] replied, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allaah, unless a man goes out himself for Jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” 

 Narrated by Al-Bukhari

Allaah Glorified and Exalted be He blessed the nation of Prophet Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him], with opportunities to reap rewards and blessings every day of the year. The last ten nights of Ramadan (the month of fasting) are among the most Blessed nights of the year; in particular Lailaa Tul-Qadr (The Night Of Power) is extremely sacred. 

Zil Haj

Similarly, the first ten days of Zill Hajj (the 12th Islamic calendar month) carry special status during the Blessed month of “Pilgrimage.” The above Hadees of the Prophet [Peace be Upon Him] spells out the importance of these ten days in the sight of Allaah Glorified and Exalted be He and the amplified reward for all good deeds during this blessed season.


Just like the last ten nights of Ramadan are the best ten nights out of the year, these first ten days of Zill Hajj are the best days of the year and the most beloved to Allaah as they combine acts of worship in a way unlike any other time.

So, the questions we should be asking ourselves are, “How do we make the most of this season of blessings?”, “What deeds can I perform to attain His pleasure?”. The following are some examples of the acts of worship that will help us gain His pleasure In shaa Allaah. 

Hajj1. Perform Hajj (Pilgrimage)

Obviously, Hajj is one of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days. However, for those of us who were not invited to His House this year, there are still many more ways to earn the pleasure of Allaah Almighty.


2. Fast all nine days and especially on the ‘Day of Arafaat’


The Prophet [Peace be Upon Him] used to fast on the ninth day of Zil Hajj and he said: “Fasting the Day of ‘Arafaat (ninth Zill Hajj) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year.” (Muslim)


3. Perform Zikr and Takbeer

The Holy Prophet [Peace be Upon Him] said:

“There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allaah than on these ten days, so recite much


Saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah,

There is No God but Allaah



 Allaahu Akbar

Allaah is the Greatest




Alhamdu Lil laah.

All Praises be to Allaah

(Ahmad -Saheeh)

The Companion’s of the Prophet used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Zill Hajj, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them.


Takbeer at this time is a Sunnah that has mostly been forgotten, especially during the first few days. So, say it in the masjid, in your home, on the street and every place where it is permitted to remember Almighty Allaah. Revive the Sunnah that have been virtually forgotten and earn great rewards for doing so.

The Prophet [Peace be Upon Him]:

“Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” 

(Tirmidhi- Hasan)

Zil Haj,

4. Stand the Night in Prayer

Seeking Al Allaah’s forgiveness and humbling ourselves in front of Him in supplication and prayers during the latter part of the night is an act of worship that is very beloved to Allaah Glorified and Exalted be He. 

Allaah Almighty calls out to His servants in the later part of the night:

“Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” 

(Bukhaari, Muslim)

We should seize this opportunity and beg Him Glorified and Exalted be He for His Divine Generosity and Mercy. We should ask Him as our Prophet [Peace be Upon Him] taught us

“Our Lord, Bless Us with the Best of This World and The Best of Hereafter and Save Us from The Fire of Hell.”


5. Make Sincere Repentance

Allaah Glorified and Exalted be He loves those who repent to Him in complete submission. The act of sincere repentance to Almighty Allaah with intention to never return to His disobedience and sin is very dear to Him Glorified and Exalted be He. Return to Allaah by giving up all the deeds, open and secret, that He dislikes. Be regretful of your sins and disobedience and resolve to never return to sin and to firmly adhere to the path which Almighty Allaah loves.


Allaah Glorified and Exalted be He says,

“But as for him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be among those who are successful.” 

[Al-Qasas 28:67]

6. Return to Book of Allaah (The Quraan)

It is time to dust off your copy of the Quraan. Establish a beautiful new relationship with the book of Allaah starting in these ten days of Dhul-Hijja. Recite its verses and you will reap its blessings. Understand its message. Implement the commandments of this book in your life. This relationship with the Quraan will open for you the doors of wisdom and happiness in your life. This will ultimately lead to guidance and success in this life and the Hereafter.

7. Increase in doing ALL Good Deeds

If you are not able to perform Hajj this year, occupy yourself during these blessed days by any and every possible good deed. Every act that is done with sincerity for the pleasure of Allaah Glorified and Exalted be He will bring you closer to Him.

“So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it; and whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it. “

[Al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

8. Slaughter an animal and distribute the meat (Sacrifice)

Ibn Umar said: “The Prophet peace be up on him, [Peace be Upon Him] lived in Madeenah for ten years and every year he slaughtered an animal.” 

9. Attend Eid prayers

Attending Eid prayers is from the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet [Peace be Upon Him]. We should be keen on practicing this Sunnah and performing it according to His teachings. Eid is a time of joy and happiness and we should be inclusive of all of our brothers and sisters who may not be as fortunate to have enough to enjoy this blessed occasion. 

10. Thank Allaah

One of the biggest forms of worshiping Allaah Glorified and Exalted be He is to thank Him, deeply, sincerely and continuously. After all, it is He who blessed you with all that you have. In fact, you wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for the Mercy of your Creator. So thank Him for ALL that He gave you: the blessing of Islam, the blessing of life and every blessing you possess. Thank Him for the opportunity to experience these ten days. Ask Him for His mercy, forgiveness and guidance.

Alhamdulillah, there is much to be gained in these coming days. So make the most of this perfect opportunity offered by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days. Hasten to do good deeds and appreciate this blessing and make the most of it.

“And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (death).”

 [Al-Hijr 15:99]

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