The first days of Dhul-Hijjah appear in the Qur’an. In the opening verses of Surat Al-Fajr, the 89th chapter of the Qur’an, God swears an oath by all 10 days and by the final two (the 9th and 10th of Dhul-Hijjah) in particular: 

And by the 10 nights,
And by the even and the odd...
Is there [not] in that an oath sufficient for those of perception?

The way these days are mentioned indicates their weight and importance. Oaths are not made lightly; oaths made by God even less so. Let’s remember how highly regarded this time period is and make that another reason to dedicate ourselves to spiritual growth while within it.
Daily virtue
Daily hadith
The Prophet ﷺ said,
There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah or more greatly rewarded than a good deed done in the (first) ten days of Al-Adha.
It was asked,
Not even striving in the path 
of God?” 
The Prophet ﷺ replied,
Not even striving in the path of God, unless a man goes out himself for God’s cause, taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.
Bukhari ]
Daily dhikr
Tahmid:
The third blessed statement of remembrance is narrated to have particular importance in
Dhul-Hijjah is the tahmid.​​​​​​​
Set a goal to recite a realistic number of tahmid throughout your day.
الحَمدُلله
Praise be to God
[
 
Alhamdulillah ]

This simple statement of gratitude for the blessings in our lives, both big and small, doubles as both a worthwhile reminder and an act of worship. As always, find a few moments in the day to dedicate to mindful remembrance.
Daily deed
Give in charity
God is generous; a good deed done at any time of the year will always be rewarded several times over in recognition of the effort and character that it took to enact the deed. But in the sacred times of the year—and especially in these 10 brief days—that generosity is magnified even further. The companion Ibn Hajjar noted that, in these days, all good deeds are combined and their rewards are compounded. It’s the best time of year to not only increase your good works through charity, prayer, and kindness to others, but to also ensure that you are fulfilling your responsibilities and meeting the needs of those around you. Focusing on both of these goals will be sure to lead to manifold blessings.
Daily charity
What better good deed is there than to help uplift others in times of uncertainty, to change their lives for the better? That’s what we are always striving to do: “When I feel disconnected, I always turn to Yaqeen. It came through when I was holding on to religion with a loose grip. Thank you so much for this. It has helped me immensely.” We receive messages like this each day, thanking Yaqeen for clarifying doubts. Help us change lives by choosing Yaqeen as one organization you’ll donate to during the 10 days. Donate to change lives.
Daily fun fact
The companion Ibn Abbas used to be so busy doing good in these days that he became unreachable until Eid Al-Adha.
Check out our publication on Hajj — “Living Abraham’s Legacy: Relevance of Rites and Rituals in the Modern Age”​​​​​​​
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