Alhamdulillah we have entered the first day of the month of Dhul Hijjah. The first ten days of this month are full of rewards and blessings. They happen to coincide with the first 10 days of September.
Millions of Muslims are performing the Hajj at this time. Here are 5 other good deeds to do for these days:
1. Fasting, especially on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah:
The Prophet (pbuh) used to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijja and he said: “Fasting the Day of ‘Arafah (ninth Dhul-Hijja) is an expiation for (all the sins of) the previous year and expiation for (all the sins of) the coming year.” (Muslim)
2. Engage in the Remembrance of Allah (swt)
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “There are no days on which good deeds are greater or more beloved to Allah than on these ten days, so recite much Tahleel (saying Laa ilaaha ill-Allah), Takbeer (saying Allahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (saying Alhamdu Lillaah).” (Ahmad -Saheeh)
Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah used to go out in the marketplace during the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja, reciting Takbeer, and the people would recite Takbeer when they heard them. (Bukhari)
3. Do more good deeds than usual (giving charity, reading the Holy Quran, etc.)
4. Make many duaas (asking of God Almighty) and perform more optional prayers/acts of worship
5. Thank Allah (swt)
This is a direct quote from an article written by Javaid Siddiqi at https://www.icna.org/virtues-of-the-first-10-days-of-dhul-hijja/:
“One of the biggest forms of worshiping Allah Glorified and Exalted be He is to thank Him, deeply, sincerely and continuously. After all, it is He who blessed you with all that you have. In fact, you wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for the Mercy of your Creator. So thank Him for ALL that He gave you: the blessing of Islam, the blessing of life and every blessing you possess. Thank Him for the opportunity to experience these ten days. Ask Him for His mercy, forgiveness and guidance.
Alhamdulillah, there is much to be gained in these coming days. So make the most of this perfect opportunity offered by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days. Hasten to do good deeds and appreciate this blessing and make the most of it.”
“And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (death).” [Al-Hijr 15:99]