Why Are the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah Important? | Blog
Published: June 23, 2022 • Updated: October 20, 2023
Author: Yaqeen Institute
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
For more on this topic, see Attaching to Allah
I never really get the same feeling during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, even though the Prophet ﷺ told us that they are the best days to do good deeds. The masjid isn’t full on these days like it is during Ramadan, and I personally don’t do as much ibadah as I do during those Ramadan nights.
And just like Ramadan has Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) which is the greatest night in the Islamic calendar, Dhul Hijjah has Yawm Arafah (the day of Arafah) which is the greatest day in the Islamic calendar. Both of these occasions are marked with tremendous forgiveness and mercy that Allah sends upon His servants.
Yet, with all of the virtues mentioned, many of us still don’t “feel” Dhul Hijjah. Perhaps one of the reasons for this is that during Ramadan, there are so many communal aspects to our worship. We gather together for taraweeh and iftar, for instance. What is highly recommended during Dhul Hijjah, however, is to spend time alone, reflecting and remembering our Lord and Creator. Maybe during Ramadan we sometimes participate to be part of the group—so in Dhul Hijjah the question is: Will I turn to Allah alone? Are we sincere in pursuing Allah’s grace and mercy even when no one is watching?
Allah alone knows our rank, and without the crowd of Ramadan, He notices the worshippers who worship alone. Perhaps this is how Allah creates hierarchies even within Jannah: elevating the worshippers who take advantage of every special time Allah has specified.
Ibn Abbas (ra), who narrated a hadith about the virtues of this time, would actually disappear in these ten days. He would exert himself so much so that no one could reach him.
I worship Allah for Allah, not for the “feeling” of spirituality.
That’s a message for all of us to take forward during Dhul Hijjah: O Allah, I’m here for You…not for the crowd or for other people, and not even for a ‘feeling’ to satiate myself. I’m just here for You.