In the Islamic calendar, there are certain months that are singled out for their special virtue in the sight of Allah, subhana wa ta’ala. Within these months, specific days and nights that are highlighted as particularly powerful or significant. For example, Ramadan is the holiest month of the year, but the last 10 days of Ramadan are considered especially important.
The month of Dhul Hijjah is also considered a special month, and specifically, the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Usually, Dhul Hijjah is the month in which Muslims perform Hajj, celebrate Eid al -Adha, and perform their Qurbani sacrifice.
Allah swears by certain things in the Quran to demonstrate their importance. In Surah Al-Fajr, Allah swears: “By the Fajr, And the ten nights.” (89:1-2)
Early scholars including Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) have said that these ten nights mentioned in the Quran refer to the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. The importance of these ten days is also mentioned in the Sunnah of the Messenger (PBUH):
This hadith demonstrates that the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are the best of days in the sight of Allah. There are many good deeds that we can do during these ten days to seek Allah’s mercy, including offering additional prayers, giving in charity, fasting the day of Arafah, and performing dhikr and dua.
Here are some of the best duas and dhikr for you to perform during these 10 days:
This is not a dua, but it is the reminder to perform dhikr during these ten blessed days of Dhul Hijjah.
This is a comprehensive dua that Muslims make during Tawaf, during the Tashahhud in prayer before the salam, and any other time. It is a beautiful dua that protects us both the dunya and the hereafter.
This dua is from the last ayah of Surah Al-Baqarah. Along with asking for Allah’s forgiveness, it asks Him for ease and protection. This is a very relevant dua for us to repeat as we try to protect ourselves from COVID-19.
This dua asks Allah for specific blessings in our personal life. It is relevant to those who are married as well as those who are looking for righteous spouses who will be their comfort and ease.
Use this dua to acknowledge Allah’s blessings and to ask Him to increase your gratitude. When we find ourselves in tough situations, it can be hard to show gratitude. But Allah has told us in the Quran that if we are grateful, He will give us more.
It is very important in Islam to have husn al-dhan (a good opinion) about our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters and to let go of grudges. Since Dhul Hijjah is a time of forgiveness, we should also take this time to clear our hearts of any grudges and resentment that we may be holding towards others. This dua is the perfect aid to doing that.
"Our Lord! do not make our hearts deviate after You have guided us aright and grant us from Your mercy; surely You are the Giver." (3:8)
This is a beautiful dua which asks Allah for continued guidance upon the right path and for His mercy. We do this by invoking upon His beautiful name, Al-Wahhab, the One Who Loves to Give Gifts.
This is the famous dua of Adam (AS) and Hawwa after they were removed from Heaven. Allah taught Adam to turn to Him in repentance. Allah forgave them their transgressions, as we learn in Surah Al Baqarah. This is a comprehensive and humbling dua that serves as a reminder of our dependence on Allah.
This is the dua that Ibrahim (AS) made after he and Ismail (AS) finished building the Kabah. The season of Qurbani all began with Ibrahim’s story of sacrifice. Each Eid, we continue his legacy by sacrificing an animal, so this is a good dua to remember as we perform our acts of worship in Dhul Hijjah.
Don’t forget to give your Qurbani donation. Give from as little as £26, and Human Appeal will perform your sacrifice after Eid prayer, and distribute the meat on your behalf to the most vulnerable.
Ibrahim (AS) was known for his absolute submission to Allah in every circumstance of his life. In this dua, Ibrahim asks Allah to ensure he and his descendants continue to be submissive to Allah. He asks Allah for forgiveness and to show him how to best worship Him. What a beautiful way to conclude an act of worship—with more worship!
May Allah allow us all to worship Him with the steadfastness and submission of Ibrahim (A) and may He allow us to remain connected to Him by continuing the legacy of submission, sacrifice, and devotion of this great prophet and other prophets. Ameen!