One of the best, if not the best of all of the times of the year, a time which Allah (swt) swore by in the Quran and Allah azzawajal only swears by the most important of things.
So this is a huge opportunity for us after the month of Ramadan has ended and all of us felt the effect of the end of the month of Ramadan, maybe many of the effects of that month have gone from us. Many of the extra deeds that we used to do have gone from us, many of the extra prayers that we used to do have gone, many of the extra reading of the Quran that we used to do, much of it has gone. Much of the extra charity that we used to give has gone, much of the extra remembrance of Allah that we used to do has gone. Now we have a chance to bring it back again in a time that is the best time for good deeds in the whole year.
So really, we have two things to think about. The first thing is to maximize the time that we have in these 10 days. So if we are expecting Eid to be in the 10 days to maximize this time and the nights come with the days. So it’s not just the daytime because the nighttime comes with the day. So the day and the night to maximize that and get the most out of it.
The prophet (pbuh), he said, the greatest day in the whole year in the sight of Allah is the day of sacrifice.
How many amazing things happen in these 10 days; First of all, the days in which your deeds are most beloved to Allah. Second of all, the day in which Allah frees more people from the Hellfire than any other day. Third of all, the best of all of the days of the year is the day of Eid ul Adha.
Reciting tasbeeh, tahmeed, tahleel and takbeer abundantly.
There are many ways in which you can increase in reward during Dhul Hijjah. Performing dhikr (remembrance of Allah) is one of the easiest ways to obtain reward and which can fit around your work and family life.
It is a highly recommended Sunnah to recite during the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, the following:
- Tasbeeh (SubhanAllah) • Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah) • Tahleel (Laa ilaaha ill-Allah) • Takbeer (Allahu Akbar)
“That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (reward of Hajj in the Hereafter and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice).” (Qur’an 22:28)