The 10 best days of the year

The 10 best days of the year

“There are no days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days (first ten days of Dhul- Hijjah).” [Ibn Majah]

Even better than Ramadan?

Yes. The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are even better than the days of Ramadan. Just as we make sure to take full advantage of Ramadan, here’s another opportunity to maximize rewards.

10 ways to make the most of these 10 days

1. Intention

There’s nothing more powerful than intention to elevate your worship and rewards. 

“Indeed actions are by their intentions.” [Bukhari/Muslim] 

To supercharge your intentions, stack them. Have multiple intentions for the same deed. For example: to follow the sunnah of the prophet (saw); to get closer to Allah (swt); to set a good example for your family; etc.

2. Dhikr

Dhikr is like a secret weapon in your box of deeds. A little goes a long way and it’s easy. You can do it anywhere and there’s so much variety. Here’s a super simple one to add.

“There are two statements that are light on the tongue and heavy on the scales: SubhanAllahi wa bihamdihi subhanAllahil adheem.” [Bukhari/Muslim]

سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ، سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ العَظِيم

So while you’re waiting, sitting around, cooking or doing something else that doesn’t require your complete focus: add some dhikr. 

3. Start a good habit

Habits are super important in our daily lives. The right habit can really boost our productivity in the long run. Pick one habit that you want to add to your daily routine and commit to it in these ten days. In sha Allah it’ll become a part of your day going forward too!

4. Get rid of a bad habit

Just as important as starting good habits, is getting rid of some bad ones. Identify and commit to phasing out one habit that you find unproductive in your life.

5. Charity/Sadaqah

Charity is one of the most beneficial acts of worship you can do for others. This year, try picking a cause that you haven’t considered giving to before.

You can donate to provide quality education to schools in Pakistan, or give Sadaqah to where most needed.

6. Fasting especially on Arafah

Fasting is an act of great reward, especially fasting on the day of arafah. 

“Fasting on this day is a forgiveness for two years. The sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” [Hadith]

7. Qurbani/Udhiyah

Of course, this is the time to take care of your Qurbani / Udhiya. Whether you’re going to a farm to make your own sacrifice or paying someone to do it for you, make sure you’ve made all the arrangements. 

8. Get kids/family involved by doing 10 charitable acts for each of the ten days

Make a list of 10 good deeds to do together as a family and do one each day. These can include things like cleaning up a local park, or even calling up relatives to see how they’re doing.

9. Reach out to neighbours

Eid is a great time to spread the cheer and share food and treats with your neighbours. Bake some cookies or buy some treats, keep it simple so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

10. Dua

Dua is the essence of worship. When we turn to Allah (swt) with our needs and desires, we recognize that He is indeed the One who is in control, the One who is the source of everything. Make a list of your top duas and make them daily. 

These are just some of the many ways you can make the most of these ten best days. No matter how much or how little you do, the most important part is to seek Allah through your actions. 

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What is Qurbani/Udhiya?

The word “qurbani” means sacrifice in many languages, and the word “udhiya,” in Arabic, refers to the specific animal that is sacrificed on Eid ul-Adha. This sacrifice is made by the head of the household on behalf of the family. It can either be a sheep, goat, a portion of a camel or a portion of a cow. The animal must be healthy (young, not sick or disabled) and must be taken care of properly before Eid.

“Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only).” [al-Kawthar 108:2]

Is there anything else I should do as part of the rites of Qurbani?
(Can I cut my nails? My hair?)

This sacrifice is closely linked to Hajj. Those performing Hajj will also be making this sacrifice. So the person who intends to sacrifice an animal takes on some of the practices and prohibitions that come with performing Hajj. One such recommended act is to avoid cutting your hair and nails in Dhul’Hijjah, during the days leading up to Eid, until after the sacrifice is made. There’s no problem with washing or bathing, and if a nail breaks there’s no issue with removing it. If one does want to cut their hair or nails, they would not be sinful and there is no effect on their udhiya offering. They would, however, miss out on the rewards of drawing near to participating in the Hajj and honouring its rites. Keep in mind, these restrictions don’t apply to everyone, only the person offering the sacrifice (ie. the head of the household.)

“When you see the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah, if any one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, let him not take anything from his hair or nails until he has offered the sacrifice.” [Sahih Muslim]

What’s the purpose?

As is the case with many acts of worship, this act of sacrifice serves a greater purpose. A communal purpose. This sacrifice is intended to be shared with those less fortunate as an act of charity. Just as Zakat ul-Fitr ensures that people have food to eat on Eid ul-Fitr, the sacrifice and distribution of meat on Eid ul-Adha ensures the same for this holiday and time of celebration.

For most families facing food insecurity and malnutrition, meat is a luxury. The important proteins and nutrients that come from meat are something they’re deprived of until this one special occasion. This is especially important for children who may face multiple nutrient deficiencies. With your help we can provide these families with the vital nutrients needed for improved health and growing children.

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