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Sunnahs to follow during the month of Dhul-Hijjah

  1. Fast the first nine days

Fasting on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah is Sunnah since it is one of the finest of acts. ‘All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for me and I shall reward for it’. [Bukhari]

  1. Dhul-Hijjah are the most virtuous days of the year

Allah (swt) has bestowed the opportunity for his Ummah to multiply their blessings through His great generosity. These days are so holy that Allah makes an oath to them: ‘By the dawn; by the ten nights’ [Qur’an, 89:1-2].

  1. Practice Dhikr

Reciting SubhanAllahi wa bihamdihi (Glory be to Allah and laud Him) 100 times a day would wash away sins, no matter how heavy they are. Let us use this opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Allah SWT.

  1. Reciting the Qur’an

The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. Let us get closer to Allah and seek his pleasure by reciting the Holy Quran.

  1. Remember Your Loved Ones

Perform Sadaqah Jariyah in the honor of your loved ones. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, ‘When a person dies, his deeds come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah, knowledge from which benefit is gained, or a righteous child who prays for him’. 

  1. Pray Tahajjud

Did you know that praying at night for the first ten nights of Dhul-Hijjah is the same as praying on Laylat al-Qadr?

  1. Give Sadaqah 

The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are equally important as Ramadan and provide an excellent opportunity to earn extra rewards for simple good deeds! 

  1. Repent

Dhul-Hijjah as a beautiful gift, allowing us to repent and seek forgiveness for our faults even if we are not on pilgrimage. 

‘Seek forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, [and] He will let you enjoy a good provision for a specified term and give every doer of favour his favour’. [Qur’an, 11:3]

  1. Pray Eid Salah

Come together with the community and offer Eid Salah as a way to exhibit our Islamic identity and a way to share blessings among our ummah.

  1. Give a Prophetic Qurbani

During Eid, the Prophet (saw) would make a special sacrifice for someone in his Ummah who couldn’t afford it. 

‘There has come to you a Messenger of Allah from among yourselves, who is distressed by the losses you sustain, who is ardently desirous of your welfare and is tender and merciful to those that believe’. [Qur’an, 9:128]

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