What to do on these days
Allah Glorified and Exalted be He, blessed the Ummah of Muhammad ﷺ with opportunities to reap rewards and blessings every day of the year. The last ten nights of Ramadhan (the month of fasting) are among the most blessed nights of the year; in particular Laylatul-Qadr (the night of power) is extremely sacred. Similarly, the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah (the 12th Islamic calendar month) carry special status during the blessed month of “Pilgrimage.” There are numerous Ahadith of the Prophet ﷺ which spells out the importance of these ten days in the sight of Allah, and the amplified reward for all good deeds during this blessed season.
Just like the last ten nights of Ramadhan are the best ten nights out of the year, these first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are the best days of the year and the most beloved to Allah as they combine acts of worship in a way unlike any other time.
So, the questions we should be asking ourselves are, “How do we make the most of this season of blessings?” “What deeds can I perform to attain His pleasure?”
1. Perform Hajj (Pilgrimage)
Obviously, Hajj is the best deed that anyone can do during these ten days. However, with the current situation, and the very limited amount of people that are allowed to perform Hajj this year, we should continue making dua to Allah that Allah takes us on this memorable journey, coupled with our dua we should also continue making an effort to go, eg. saving money. Some people say that if the calling is there and if your `Labbaik` has been accepted you will go; yes this is most definitely true and we all believe that you will only go if Allah wants you to be there, but what we should understand is that this in no way means that we don’t need to make any effort to get ourselves there. Therefore we should make sincere dua that Allah takes us for Hajj and then we should make some practical efforts to undertake the journey. It doesn’t make sense that we say we want to go for Hajj, but we haven’t even placed our names on the (Sahuc) Hajj waiting list. Apart from Hajj, there are still many more ways to earn the pleasure of Allah.