If you’ve already committed to fasting the first days of Dhul-Hijjah and not just the day of ‘Arafah, great job! If not, halfway through is a good time to start. We know that fasting the 9th day alone carries so much blessing that it’s as if we fasted the entire year before it and year after it; what then of fasting an extra week during such a blessed time? The rewards must be great indeed.
It was narrated from Hunaydah ibn Khaalid from his wife that one of the wives of the Prophet ﷺ said:
“The Prophet ﷺ to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah and the day of ‘Ashoora’ and three days each month, the first Monday of the month and two Thursdays.”
[ Al-Nasaa’i and by Abu Dawood ]
Du’a of breaking the fast:
“Oh God, I have fasted for you. In you I believe, and with your provision I break my fast.”
اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي لك صُمت وبِكَ آمنتُ وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ أَفْطَرْتُ
Make more dhikr:
We’ve already reviewed the benefits of 3 specific forms of dhikr during Dhul-Hijjah, but it’s important not to neglect any type of remembrance. A hadith narrates that our forefather Abraham (peace be upon him) asked Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to deliver a beautiful message from him to us:
“Oh Muhammad! Convey my greetings to your Ummah, and tell them that Jannah has a vast plain of pure soil and sweet water and is set as a plain levelled land. The plants grow there by uttering: SubhanAllah wal hamdulillah wa la ilaha ilAllah wa Allahu Akbar (God is free from imperfection, praise be to God, there is no true god except God, and God is Greatest).”
[ At-Tirmidhi ]
With this in mind, how can we not begin making more dhikr throughout the day? Plant a tree whenever you have a spare moment, whether it’s standing in line, driving to work, hitting the gym, or cooking dinner.
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Daily fun fact
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to fast Mondays because he was born on a Monday and wanted to show his gratitude to God for the blessing of life.
Check out our publication on Hajj — “Living Abraham’s Legacy: Relevance of Rites and Rituals in the Modern Age”