They are finally here! The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah (the last month of the Islamic calender).
Most people are unaware of the great importance of this month (No, it isn’t important and sacred to only those who have gone to perform Hajj) and miss out on the immense reward one can gain during it.
Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence.
The hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam – practices required of all Muslims.
Read more on Hajj: http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/184/fifth-pillar-of-islam/
Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) has mentioned about it in the Quran in Surah Al-Fajr:
“By the dawn.
And by the ten nights…” [89:1-2]
Allah swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit.
Ibn Kathir said that “the ten nights” referred to here are the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah, and this opinion was also held by Ibn Abbas, Ibn az-Zubair, Mujahid and others.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) has encouraged us to increase our acts of worship in this blessed month as the rewards are multiplied. The following hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad) informs us how significant and beloved these ten days are in the sight of Allah.
“There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in these ten days”. It was asked, “Not even Jihad (striving/struggle) for the sake of Allah?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) replied, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for Jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” [Bukhari]
So make the best of this month by offering nafl and the night prayer (Tahajjud), fasting (especially on the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah, day of Arafat), remembering and praising Allah;
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) has recommended Tahleel (Laa ilaaha ill-Allah: There is no God but Allah), Takbeer (Allahu Akbar: God is The Greatest) and Tahmeed (Alhamdu Lillaah: All praise is due to God alone),
sincerely repenting to Allah, reciting the Quran, giving in charity and doing all types of good deeds.
May Allah make us from those who are successful in both this world and the Hereafter. (Ameen)