The Best 3 Things A Slave Can Ask Of His Rabb

Ideas for supplications on the Day of ‘Arafah.
“The best 3 things a slave can ask of his Rabb are:
1. His pleasure.
2. To look at His honorable face.
3. Al-Firdaws, the highest level in paradise.”
Al-Haafith ‘Abd Al-Ghani Al-Maqdisi
[Thayl At-Tabaqaat 187/1]
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First 10 of Dhul-Hijjah or Last 10 of Ramadhan?

Which are more virtuous,  the first 10 of Dhul-Hijjah, or the last 10 of Ramadhan? Sheikh al-Islam ibn Taymiyah said:

“The DAYS of the first 10 of Dhul-Hijjah are more virtuous
than the days of the last 10 of Ramadan,

while the NIGHTS of the last 10 of Ramadhan are more virtuous
than the nights of the first 10 of Dhul-Hijjah.”

[Majmoo’ al-Fataawa 25/154]

The 10 Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Another season of obedience is upon us, alhamdulillah.

Indeed Ramadhan has left us, but we’re about to receive another massive opportunity to earn Allah’s Forgiveness and Rahmah, another incredible opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Allah s.w.t., and that is the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

There are no days in which righteous deeds
are more beloved to Allah than these 10 days.”

The people asked, “Not even fighting for the cause of Allah?”
He (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Not even fighting for the cause of Allah,
except in the case of a man who went out,
giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah),
and came back with nothing.”

[Sahih Bukhari]

Allah s.w.t. takes an oath by these 10 days, which indicates their great importance to us:

“By the dawn, and by the ten nights.”
[Al-Fajr: 1-2]

‘Ten nights’ here is interpreted by most scholars to mean the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. They are THE best days of the year. No good deeds done on other days are more superior than those done on these 10 days.

Most of us know very well the immense blessings of Ramadhan, especially its last 10 nights. But a lot of us are unaware of the importance and virtues of the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. Many of us think that these days are blessed only for the hujjaj.

Yes, the hujjaj will be at the best place, on the best days of the year, performing the best act of worship that one can do in these 10 days. But what about those who don’t go for Hajj? Are they deprived from the virtues of these 10 days?

Absolutely not, alhamdulillah! Here are some recommended deeds to do in these first 10 blessed days of Dhul-Hijjah, based on the Sunnah of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:

1. Sincere repentance from sins, increase the quality of our fardh ‘ibadah (eg. establishing prayer at its early stated time with khushoo’), and perform extra acts of worship throughout the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah (eg. optional prayers, tadabbur of the Qur’an, charity,  qiyamulail, etc.) This is based on the earlier stated hadith where Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said that there are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these 10 days.

2. Perform Hajj and Umrah for those who are able to.

3. Fast the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah [1] ESPECIALLY on the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah (the day of ‘Arafah) for the non-Hujjaj only. [2] It is highly recommended to fast on the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah for the non-Hujjaj, because fasting on the day of ‘Arafah expiates sins of 2 years: the previous and the coming year!

4. Fully utilize the day of ‘Arafah by making sincere istighfar and tawbah, and heart-felt supplications. Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

There is no day when Allah sets free more servants
from the Fire 
than the day of ‘Arafah.
He draws near and expresses His pride to the angels

and says: “What do these people want?”
[Sahih Muslim]

Imam An-Nawawi rahimahullah said the above hadith shows the importance of the day of ‘Arafah. Based on many ahadith, it can be signified that supplications on the day of ‘Arafah have a far greater merit than other days. Indeed, it is a day to earn Allah’s forgiveness and freedom from the Fire. Fully utilize the day of ‘Arafah in begging Allah to forgive and cover all of our sins and shortcomings, as well as increase our supplications and good deeds. It was reported that the best du’a to make on the day of ‘Arafah is:

“Laa ilaaha illAllaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu,
(None has the right to be worshiped but Allah, Alone, without partner)
lahul-Mulku wa lahul-Hamdu,
(to Him belongs all that exists and to Him belongs the Praise)
wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in Qadeer.”
 (and He is powerful over all things). [3]

5. Make lots of dhikr throughout the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah: Tahleel (Laa ilaaha illallah), Tahmeed (Alhamdulillah), and Takbeer (Allahu Akbar) and other dhikr. [4]

6. For those who have intended to do udhiyah / qurbani, refrain from cutting nails and depleting any hair from the body from the first day of Dhul-Hijjah until the sacrifice has been offered. [5]

7. Do udhiyah / qurbani. [6]

8. Attend the Eid Prayer and listen to the Eid khutbah. [6]

9. And lastly eat and be grateful! It is Sunnah to eat and drink from the 10th – 13th Dhul-Hijjah. It is prohibited to fast on these days. [7]

May Allah s.w.t. help us to fully utilize these 10 blessed days as much as possible, and may we all be written as those whom He s.w.t. has freed from the Hellfire – Allahumma ameen.
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References:
[1] Sunan Abu Dawud
[2] Sahih Muslim
[3] Sunan At-Tirmidhi
[4] Musnad Ahmad
[5] Sahih Muslim
[6] Sahih Bukhari
[7] Sahih Muslim