As we enter the month of Zulhijjah on the night of 1st July 2022, we are reminded that Rasulullah s.aw. mentioned, ‘The best days of this world are these ten (first 10 days of Zulhijjah).’ [Narrated by al-Bazzaar]
This is the month in which all able Muslims perform a once-in-a-lifetime obligatory ibadah – that is the hajj, or pilgrimage. This act of worship is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is a sacred event in Islam.
Qurban refers to the ritual sacrifice done on Eid ul-Adha and the Days of Tashriq (10th July – 13th July 2022). Qurban. It is a practice that signifies one’s full obedience and sincerity in worshipping Allah S.W.T. Through the sacrifice, we intend to come closer to our Creator by following in the footsteps of the great Prophet Abraham A.S.
Sheep, camels, cows and goats that fulfill the requirements of Qurban are slaughtered on these days and it is recommended that a portion of the meat is given to the needy. This depicts and encourages Muslims to act upon sympathy and mercy while helping others.
2. Increase the amount of ibadah
It is reported that, “The Prophet S.A.W used to fast on the first nine days of Zulhijjah, the day of Ashura, three days each month, the first Monday of the month and two Thursdays.” [Abu Dawood].
On these blessed 10 days, we are given the opportunity to rid ourselves of sins by repenting and being blessed with Allah S.W.T's forgiveness.
3. Fast on the day of Arafah
The day of Arafah falls on the 9th of Zulhijjah (9th July 2022). It is the day before Eid ul-Adha. On this day, pilgrims travel to the plains of ’Arafat, where they will combine their Zohor and Asar prayers and then spend the entire day making du’a.
As for non-pilgrims, it is sunnah to fast on this day.
أَنَّ رَسُولَ اَللَّهِ - صلى الله عليه وسلم -سُئِلَ عَنْ صَوْمِ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ. قَالَ: ” يُكَفِّرُ اَلسَّنَةَ اَلْمَاضِيَةَ وَالْبَاقِيَةَ”
‘The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah. He replied, “Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.” [Narrated by Imam Muslim]
4. Perform Eid Prayers
This is performed on the morning of 10th Zulhijjah (10th July 2022). Just like the Sunnah Eid- ul-Fitri prayer, the Sunnah Eid ul-Adha prayer is also considered to be one of the most highly regarded amongst other Sunnah Prayers (nawafil). Although it is not obligatory, its ruling is Sunnah Muakkadah (highly recommended).
Takbir can be performed beginning from after the Fajr prayers on the Day of ‘Arafah (9th July 2022) until Asar of the last day of Tashriq (13th July 2022).
On top of these sunnahs that are done only in this month, there are also many other ibadahs that can be performed all year round as well. This includes fasting on Mondays, Thursdays and the white days (13th, 14th & 15th) of each lunar month, increasing your remembrance of Allah S.W.T and giving charity.
Let’s benefit our moments in this blessed month of Zulhijjah and may Allah S.W.T. accept our devotion to Him in this sacred month.