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The Best Days in the World.

Question:

What is the virtue of the first ten days of Dhu'l-Hijjah and what is the evidence for that from the Sunnah?

Answer:

Praise be to Allah. And may the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family and companions. After that:

The first ten days of Dhu'l-Hijjah are part of the best and greatest days to Allah the Most High. Al-Bazzar has extracted with a good chain of transmission, and Abu Ya'ali also with a correct chain of transmission - as al-Mundhiri said in al-Targheeb wa al-Tarheeb- That Jaabir (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (may Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

[أفضل أيام الدنيا العشر -يعني عشر ذي الحجة-" قيل: ولا مثلهن في سبيل الله؟ قال: "ولا مثلهن في سبيل الله، إلا رجل عفر وجهه بالتراب].

["The best ten days of the world - i.e. the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah - ", it was said: Not even going out in the path of Allah?" He said: "Not even going out in the path of Allah, except a man who is killed in the path of Allah"].

The Muslim should do a lot of good deeds in these virtuous days. The good deeds in them are beloved by Allah, as in Saheeh al-Bukhaari and others. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

[مَا الْعَمَلُ فِي أَيَّامِ الْعَشْرِ أَفْضَلَ مِنَ الْعَمَلِ فِي هَذِهِ ‏"‏‏.‏ قَالُوا وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ قَالَ ‏"‏ وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ، إِلاَّ رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ يُخَاطِرُ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ بِشَىْءٍ ]

[No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah)." Then some companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Not even Jihad?" He replied, "Not even Jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah's sake) and does not return with any of those things.] (Sahih al-Bukhari 969).

And Allah knows best.

Source of the Fatwa:

Fatwa issued by: Markaz Al-Fatwa.

Fatwa no.: (13779).

Original text of Fatwa in Arabic:

السؤال:

ما هو فضل عشر ذي الحجة وما هو الدليل على ذلك من السنة؟

الجواب:

الحمد لله والصلاة السلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه أما بعد:

فإن عشر ذي الحجة من أفضل الأيام وأعظمها عند الله تعالى، فقد أخرج البزار بسند حسن، وأبو يعلى بسند صحيح ...الخ. والله أعلم.

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