Hello and welcome to my blog! Today is the 3rd day of Dhul Hijja, a holy month in Islam, and I feel like I’m wasting the days away. So to motivate myself to take advantage of these blessed days, and hopefully motivate you too if you’re Muslim, I decided to write the benefits of these days and the best deeds to do during these days if you’re unable to go to Hajj.
Hajj is One of the five pillars of Islam central to Muslim belief. It is the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim must make at least once in their lifetime if they are able and is the most spiritual event that a Muslim experiences, observing rituals in the most sacred places in the Islamic world.
Dhul Hijjah – the 12th and final month in the Muslim year – began on July 10 or 11, depending on which country you live in, according to the moon sighting.
The month includes two key events – the Hajj pilgrimage and the second Eid, known as Eid ul Adha. It’s expected that Eid ul Adha will be on or around July 20.
To go to Hajj, you must apply and have sufficient funds (I assume it costs 5000$ a person). Those who are unable to go to Hajj can do other things to reap the benefits of these 10 days.
10 things you can do during the 1st 10 days of Dhul Hijja:
- Prayer: Extra prayers, especially during the night
- Fasting: Especially on the day of Arafah, the day before Eid
- Quran: Read or listen to Quran, and tafseer if you can
- Dhikr: The takbeer Al tashreeq is very much rewarded, but there are many other dhikr you can say
- Doua: Supplications are answered on the day of Arafa
- Charity: Good deeds are multiplied during these days, and what better deed than charity
- Sacrifice: Sacrificing a lamb is a sacred ritual done on the 1st day of Eid and the meat is distributed between family, friends, and poor people
- Social welfare: Acts of kindness and volunteering are greatly rewarded during these days
- Spread knowledge about these days and their benefits
- Eid: Eid Al Adha is a special celebration and it comes with a series of regulations and traditions
May Allah accept our good deeds from us during these blessed days and keep us from bad deeds.