A look at the first 10 Days...

You are probably familiar with the last ten nights of Ramadan, and how virtuous those nights are? Yes.

Well, let me introduce to 10 days that are MORE virtuous, yet many people are not aware of it. It's the ten days of the Islamic calendar month of Dhul-Hijjah (which starts on Nov.18)

Dhul-Hijjah (the Month of Hajj) is the 12th month of the Islamic calendar. It is during this month that Hajj takes place.

According to Rasul Allah, sal Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam, the first ten days of this month are a special time for worship and an increase of good deeds.

Ahmad and at-Tabarani record from Ibn 'Umar that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "There is no day more honorable in Allaah's sight and no acts more beloved therein to Allaah than those in these ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah)"

In particular, the 9th day of the month marks the day of Arafah, and the 10th day is Eid. Even if you are not traveling for Hajj, you can still put in extra effort to do more good deeds.

What sort of extra good deeds can you do?
1. Fasting these 10 days

2. Giving more charity during these 10 days

3. Say the "Eid" Takbeers loudly wherever you go. (Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Laa ilaaha illa Allah. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Walillaahil hamd.)

4. Try to pray more prayers in the Masjid

5. Increase ties of kinship (visit family, say kind words to them, etc.)

6. Perform more voluntary prayers at home

7. Read more Quran, contemplating the meanings

8. Do more Dhikr

9. Ask for forgiveness more frequently

With best wishes to see you succeed at the highest level!
- Muhammad Alshareef


Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alykum Sheikh Shareef,

BarakAllahu Feek,

Pardon my ignorance - I don't understand how Dhul Hijjah days can be better than Ramadan's?

Please clarify.

JazakAllahu Khair,

Bouchra said...

SoubhanAllah, indeed, I was unaware. Incha Allah ta'ala we may benefit from these 10 days, until we will go to perform our own hajj.

On a different note now: aren't their other days we can do voluntary fasting as well? If so, and I'm positive that's the case, keep us posted incha Allah by sending us e-mail.

Wa alaykumu salaam

Anonymous said...

Jazakallah Khair for this kind reminder. I had almost forgotten that these virtuous days were starting so soon.

Imtiaz said...

Jazhakallahu Khair Mr.AlShareef, for sending these kind of timely Messages.....

Anonymous said...

jazakallah for the reminder to us who has been so immerse with the worldy activites,I was used to get the nudge from my grandma but now that she's gone, one rarely realise that one is almost a grandma too.I wish I could have been like her. But you reminded me, so thank you and may Allah bless you.

umAhmed said...

assalamualaikum shaykh,

mashaAllah as always a beautiful dars and reminder, jazzak Allahu khairun....but i have one question....are we peritted to fast on the 10th day of dhul hijjah (EID)? i thought that eid was the celebration where we are not allowed to fast

Anonymous said...


UmmAdnan said...

Assalamu Aleykum
Jazakallah Khair for this kind reminder.
my Allah s.w.t, give you Jannah & your family Insh'Allah Amin ..

Anonymous said...

Asalamu Alaikum

Jazakallah Khair for this great reminder, May Alah reward you for it..Ameen

Ali said...

Jazak ALLAH Khair Sheikh for the reminder. May ALLAH protect you and your family.

Dear brothers and sisters, the following link is for those who would like to increase their account in their record of good deeds.

Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaikum. JazakAllah for the reminder. Please let me know whether we are supposed to fast for 9 or 10 days? And how are these nights more virtuous than those of Ramadan?


Anonymous said...

asalamu alykum
JazakAllah khyr for this reminder i didnt know how important theses 10 days are, n how can increasemy ibadah,
jazakAllah khyr

Mrs D. A.Samad said...

Brother Shareef,
Assalaamoalaikum, Jazakallakhair for all the knowledge that u share with us & ur timely reminders which r so benificial. May Allah bless u with more. Aameen.

Anonymous said...


I have been looking for an opportunity to have a chance to talk to you but for now i would use this opportunity to sahre my comments

May Allah bless you for all the good stuff is being done by your org and the yong umma is benefiting out of it

However representing lot of mothers I would like to bring it to your attention of some dissapointment

Please explain us that even those audience who are attending these type of classes are not developing to repect parents and to be able to talk to them with a tone of thankfulness and love. Please look into this and let me know why is it like this

Also i notices that even in such blessed days and mention of relatives the first and foremost are parents so please look into and it would be nice if parents gets some room in it

jkl for understanding if you would like to contact me do so through this and i will in touch

May Allah bless you all

Anonymous said...

I wonder how sun looks like!!!!

Anonymous said...

Jazak Allah Khair for the reminder inshallah we will do our best in these 10 days.
I think this is a good topic for next ilmnar
"The respect or value of parents according to Quran".

Anonymous said...

JAK for reminding of the opportunity that Allah(s) has yet given to us once again. Also, I believe there is alot of reward for the person performing sacrifice, if they avoid cutting their hair, trimming nails in the first 1o days similar to the Hajjis in Ihram.

Anonymous said...

JAK for sending, from what I know we can fast the first 9 days, and it is not permitted to fast on the two Eids, but all other acts should be for the 10 days. Please confirm Sheikh.

Farjana Absar said...

Aassalamu alaikum Shaykh,jazakumumullahu Khayran for your reminder.I was waiting for your reminder for 10 days.Because I dont know how should I prepare myself for these days.May Allah protect you and your family.I want more reminder.

a said...

Asalam o alkaikum brother Mohammed Al shareef.

Jazak Allah for the numerous reminders I have received on nearly all important occasions.When i wonder,i realize that what a great reward you must be collecting MashAllah for the Akhira just by your simple reminders to muslim brothers and sisters and upon that also putting in effort to guide them through as well.May Allah SWT reward you manifold and give you strength to carry on.Ameen


Afsheen Omer

Bint Abdirahman said...

Salamu aliekum,

I wanted to personally thank you (Jazzakalah'Khar) for your reminders and ways of doing good. It really does help. May Allah The Most High grant you and your family Janah Fardous. Keep doing the wonderful work for the Muslim Ummah.

Anonymous said...

assalamu alaikum!

i have a question. if i had missed some days during ramadan and i haven't made them up yet, if i were to fast during these 10 days, could they count for both my make-ups and the ten days of the Islamic calendar month of Dhul-Hijjah?

thanks and wasalam!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the tips i will try some out

Anonymous said...

JazakAllahu khayr!

Anonymous said...

Assalaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi WA Barakatu
Subhannallah all of these years I didn't know about dhul hijjah until this year. I used to know the day of Arafah and that's about it. Alhamdulilah numerous schoalrs have reminded me about this occasion so from the bottom of my heart I want to say Jazakallah khayr for reminding me and May Allah (SWT) continuously reward you and grant you jennatul-firdos--Ameen!

P.S-> Keep up the emails we love it!

Anonymous said...


Jazakallah Khair. I think its the first nine days one can fast as the tenth is Eid day which we dont fast on

Umm Ibraheem

Anonymous said...

asssalamu alaykum sheikh ,what ever happened to the life coaching certifiation ???????????

Anonymous said...

jzk fr writting the date when the ten days start that is nov 18 2009, jzk once again and don't worry abt the negative comments that people give keeep it up inshallah frm sister nabila

Anonymous said...


Jazakallah Khair for all this information. l live in a remote area in
Scotland and this really helps me.

May Allah(SWT) reward you greatly.

ahmed said...

Asalaamualaikum Warahamtuallah....
JazakAllah khairan ...4 lettin us noe..the tings tht we could do 2 attain ALLAH (swt)Mercy & please HIM inshaallah ...
but i hav a doubt u had mentioned 10days of fasting ....& also u had said 10th day would b eid it 9days of fastin ..??

Slave of the Most Merciful said...

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatallah wa barakatu, may Allah swt give you jennah, jazakallahu khayrn for the information brother. salaam.

Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaikom

sh Shareef jazaka ALAHU khayral jaza these golden words and good reminders....

But i want to know how these days better then the Ramadan?


Baseerath said...

JazakAllahu khayran katheer for the reminder

Mustafa said...

Jazak Allahu khair

Anonymous said...

Asalamou alikoum ,

I didn't know about the ten days and there benifit insallah we will fast jazakoum allah alfrdos

Anonymous said...


the fasting is for 9 days inshaAllaah as the 10th day is Eid.

jazakAllaah khair

Anonymous said...

aoa brother jaza kallah for all infomative msg.may ALLAH GIVE U SUCCESS IN BOTH WORLDS AMEN

Anonymous said...


This information is for Br. from Scotland, but Inshallah can benefit everyone.

Below are few links to properly located the moon on the day new moon may be visible. Coupled with the periodic reminders from Br. Mohammad, this information will keep us inline with OUR Islamic calendar.

Moonrise/Moonset Timing:

Direction of the new moon:

World Timezone Map (for those not living in the USA):

May Allah reward me for the benefits of this information and protect me from its Shr.



Anonymous said...

Jizakalah this great message and for sending us on time. May Allah reward you.

Anonymous said...

Jazakamullahu khair Brother
May Allah reward you
excellent blog

Hajrah Khan said...

As-salaam u alaykum,

JazakAllah khayran for this. May Allah continue to Bless your efforts in helping us all come closer to His Deen.

Anonymous said...

jazakALLAH khair,syukran for the reminder of the 10 days of zulhijj...may ALLAH bless muhammad asyreef and his compenants in ALLAH AL-RAHMAN.AMIN

Anonymous said...

Asalamu Alaikum wr wb

Thanks for your reminder and May Allah reward your ardouos effort to the community. I am delighted to see your reminder and tips


Anonymous said...

Jazak Allah khair for sharing. The best ten days are of dul hijjah and they are better than the last ten days of Ramadan. But the last ten nights of Ramadan are better than the ten nights of dul hijjah because of them contains lailayul qadr which is better than one thousand nights. And we are not allowed to fast on eid.

Anonymous said...

Jazakallahu Khairan for reminding us! I know you are in Hajj right now, so please don't forget me (Sister Parween) in your duwas, especially in your sajdas, inshallah.

Anonymous said...

Assalamo alaikum

please not that it is not permssle to fast on the day of eid (both al fitr and al idha) and it is also not permissle to fast on 11,12,13 zul hijja as tese are the days tashreek and Nabi SAW forbade fasting on these days. It is also permissible to single out Fridays for fasting but if one was to join the fast with Thursday or Saturday then it would be fine.

Asalamo Alaikum

Anonymous said...

for those who are confused about superiority of these days to ramamdan.......
It is the last 10 N I G H T S of Ramadan that are the best or all nights in the entire year....and it is the first 10 D A Y S of Dhul Hijja that are the best of all days in the entire year.......
"و الفجر . و ليال عشر. "~ sura al Fajr

Anonymous said...


Jazak Allah khair for your timely remindres always.
May Allah SWT bless you and your family,Ameen

Anonymous said...

-Never knew that the days of Dhul- Hija were more beloved in the sight of allah than any other day.

-Jazak allah khair for informing about this.
May Allah SWT bless you

Anonymous said...

Mash Allah very good.

jazak Allah khayer for sharing with me.

Rukhsana Rajput

Emilio said...

As-Salāmu `Alaykum Br. Muhammad,

I've been, Insha-Allah Ta'ala, watching your lectures on and I wanted to're the man! Jazak Allah Khair! Alhamdulillah, Insha-Allah Ta'ala, may you and your family be blessed and protected, and may your efforts be accepted by Allah Subhanahu wa ta'alla. Insha-Allah, may those scholars who instructed you be blessed and protected and may their efforts be accepted by Allah Subhanahu wa ta'alla as well.

Thank you again for all your efforts. They help me everyday to try, Insha Allah Ta'alla, to be a better Muslim (a.k.a. a better human being).

As-Salāmu `Alaykum,
-Br. Emilio Osoria

Anonymous said...

Assalaamu alaikum, jazakum allahu khairn, Allah bless you and yours, and accept your hajj, and/or fasting, etc. and all of your efforts,and may He guide and bless this Ummah. :D

Anonymous said...

Assalamu alaykum,

Just to clarify one point that im not really sure:

What sort of extra good deeds can you do?
1. Fasting these 10 days

what i understand is that we can fast in the first 9 days and preferrable on the 9th which is the Day of Arafah, however the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah would be Eid and we are probited to fast on Eid.

Jazaakumu Llaahul khayra wa bi Llaahi at tawfiyq

Anonymous said...

dubai, uae.
thanks for the messgs u send us.i wish that i could also do things like these.i always love to do tabligh of my religion .

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