Hadith: “… more beloved to Allah these ten days of Dhul Hijjah.”
We get great rewards for the effort we put in to fast and practise other acts of worship in the month of Dhul-Hijjah. We read in a hadith:
Jabir reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No days are better to Allah than the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.” (Sahih Ibn Hibban)
The Prophet (SAW) also said in the same hadith, “No day is better to Allah than the day of Arafat. Allah descends to the lowest heaven and He boasts to the inhabitants of the heavens about the inhabitants of the earth, saying: Look at My servants, appearing disheveled and dusty. They came from every mountain pass hoping for My mercy. They do not see My punishment, yet they do not see that on no day are more saved from Hellfire than the day of Arafat.” (Sahih Ibn Hibban)
We learn from this how beneficial and impactful our Ibadah during this month really is. We understand the limitless extent of Allah’s mercy.
Of course it is important to continue our Ibadah during the rest of the year, but there is special significance about Ibadah in the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. We read in a hadith:
Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet said, “There are no days greater and more beloved to Allah than these ten days of Dhul Hijjah, so increase in them your declaration of the oneness of Allah, your exaltation of Him, and your praise of Him.” (Musnad Ahmad)
We learn in a hadith that the month of Dhul-Hijjah and the day of Arafah that we have been blessed with are described as the month and the day with the greatest sanctity.
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported:
The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said during his farewell sermon, “Which month do you know has the greatest sanctity?” They said, “No doubt, this month of ours, Dhul Hijjah.”
The Prophet said, “Which city do you know has the greatest sanctity?”
They said, “No doubt, this city of ours, Mecca.” The Prophet said, “Which day do you know has the greatest sanctity?” They said, “No doubt, this day of ours, Arafat.”
The Prophet said, “Verily, Allah Almighty has sanctified your lives, your wealth, and your honour. Except by right of justice, like the sanctity of this day of yours, in this city of yours and this month of yours. Have I not delivered the message?”
The Prophet said all of that three times and they said, “No doubt, yes.” The Prophet said, “Be warned! Do not turn back to unbelief after me by striking the necks of each other.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) would fast the first nine days of the month of Dhul-Hijjah.
Hunaydah ibn Khalid reported:
“Some of the wives of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said that he would fast the first nine days of the month of Dhul Hijjah.
The day of Ashura, and three days of every month, which would be the first Monday and Thursday of the month.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
May Allah reward us for our efforts to fast and do extra Ibadah in the month of Dhul-Hijjah. Aameen. Indeed, Allah is Al-Baseer (The All-Seeing).