First Ten Days of Zul Hijjah – Part 2 – Hajj and Fasting

1. Perform Hajj (Pilgrimage)

Hajj – one of the five pillars of Islam, which begins on 8th Dhul Hijjah is one of the best deeds that one can do during these ten days. Muslims from all over the globe assemble in Makkah Mukarramah during this five special days for the unique ibaadat of Hajj. Hajj is obligatory on every adult Muslim who has the means to go to Makkah Mukarramah during the Hajj season, whether on foot or by any other means. Females require a suitable willing Mahram to accompany them for the Hajj to become obligatory upon them.

Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu Anhu) reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “The performance of Umrah is expiation for the sins committed between it and the previous ones. And the reward for Hajj Mabrur (pilgrimage accepted by Allah) is nothing but Paradise.” (Bukhari)

However, if you can’t make it this year, make the intention during these blessed 10 days to go next year.

For those of us who were not invited to His House this year, there are still many more ways to earn the pleasure of Allah.

2. Fast all nine days and especially on the ‘Day of Arafah’ – One nights worship equal to that of Lailatul Qadr

Muslims are urged to fast any or all of the first 10 days Dhul Hijjah. Each day in these 10 days, Allah rewards the Muslim who fasts as if they had fasted a whole year. But those who fast on the ninth day (the Day of Arafah) will have their reward doubled: fasting that day will bring a reward as if the Muslim fasted two years.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship of Lailatul-Qadr” Tirmidhi Shareef

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Anyone who fasts for one day for Allah’s pleasure, Allah will keep his face away from the (Hell) fire for (a distance covered by a journey of) seventy years.” Bukhari, Muslim Shareefain

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said regarding fasting on the day of ‘Arafah: “Be content with the fact that Allah will expiate for you your sins for the year before (the day of ‘Arafah) and the year after (the day of ‘Arafah).” Muslim Shareef

The Fast of The Day of ‘Arafah

Those not performing Hajj should fast on this day according to their own calendar. It sometimes occurs that the date of 9th Zul Hijjah falls on different days in different countries according to the sighting of the moon. Muslims of each country should observe “Youmul ‘Arafah” according to the lunar dates of their own country.

However, whoever is at ‘Arafah as a pilgrim then fasting is not expected of him, as Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, stopped at ‘Arafah to eat.

(To be continued in shaa Allah)