DHUL-HIJJAH: A SACRED MONTH

Imam Ghazali said in Ihya`Ulum al-Din:

“Fasting is definitely desirable in certain meritorious days, some of them being found in every year, others in every month, and others in every week. Those that are found in every year after the days of Ramadan are:

  • the Day of `Arafa [= 9th of Dhul-Hijjah]
  • the Day of `Ashura’ [= 10th of Muharram]
  • the first Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah
  • the first ten days of Muharram

And all the sacred months are preferred for fasting… and they are:
Dhul-Qi`da, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram, and Rajab.”

First Ten Days & Nights of Dhul-Hijjah

`Abd Allah ibn Mas`ud said: The Prophet ﷺ said: “There are no days in the year in which deeds are more meritorious than in the Ten Days [i.e. the first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah].” Someone asked: “Not even Jihad in the path of Allah?” He replied: “Not even Jihad in the path of Allah.” Haythami said: “Tabarani narrated it in al-Mu`jam al-kabir and the narrators in its chain of transmission are all those of sound (sahih) narrations.

The nights are included in the mention of the days. Allah swore an oath by them when He said: “By the Dawn! By Ten Nights!” (89:1-2) and the authors of Tafsir al-Jalalayn said: “They are the first ten nights of Dhul-Hijjah.”

Fasting on Yawmu `Arafah

Abu Hafsah (r) reported that the Prophet (s) said:

“Fasting on the Day of `Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on `Ashura, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years.”

Reported by all except Al-Bukhari and At-Tirmidhi

In another saying the Prophet’s wife Hafsah, (r), said:

“Four things the Prophet of Allah (s) never neglected: Observing fast on the day of `Ashura, `Arafat, three days every month, and offering Fajr sunnah prayers early in the morning.”

(Muslim)

Offering a Sacrifice (Qurban)

“It is not their meat, nor their blood, that reaches Allah, It is their piety that reaches Allah.”(Surat al-Hajj:37)
Zaid bin Arqam (r) narrated: the Companions of the Prophet (s) said: “O Prophet of Allah, what are these sacrifices?” He (s) said, “The Sunnah of your father Ibrahim. They said, “what is there in them for us, O Prophet of Allah?” He (s) said, “For every single hair of the wool, one goodness.” (Ibn Majah)
`Abdullah ibn `Umar (r) said: “The Prophet (s) stayed in Madinah for 10 years, offering sacrifice (every year on Eid).” (Ahmad and Tirmidhi)Al-Baraa ibn `Azib (s) said the Prophet (s) said: “Whoever offers a sacrifice after the prayer has completed his rituals (of Eid) and has followed the way of the Muslims.” (Bukhari)

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`Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) 

The `Eid prayer is a Sunnah mu’akkada or confirmed Sunnah and is recommended to be prayed in congregation. It is wajib (obligatory) in the Hanafi madhhab and therefore required of every person who is required to perform Jum`a, i.e. healthy male residents of the region in which it is performed.

It is a Sunnah mu’akkada and, in the Hanafi madhhab, a wajib, for every adult Muslim man and woman to sacrifice at least one shat — a sheep or a goat — for `Eid al-Adha. This may be done any time after the prayer on the first day of `Eid until sunset on the last of the two days following the first day. One may have someone else perform the sacrifice on his behalf, whether in his presence or in absentia.

Have Sufilive Do the Sacrifice for You

It is recommended not to eat anything on the day of `Eid al-Adha until one perform the Prayer.

It is recommended to perform ghusl (major ablution) before the prayer, any time after Fajr even if one does not attend the prayer.

It is recommended for men to dress their best and wear perfume. It is Sunnah to come to the mosque early and on foot, and to return home by a different route. It is preferable for a `Eid Congregation to pray outdoors.

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