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During the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, many of us will dedicate more time to Dhikr, Salah and giving Sadaqah.

We all want to do the best we can during these sacred days.

That is why we bring you ‘My Ten Days’, a service that allows you to automate your charitable donations during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days”. Al-Bukhaari, 2/457

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FAQs

Why is Dhul Hijjah Important?

Understanding the Significance of Dhul Hijjah
Dhul Hijjah is one of the four sacred months in the Islamic calendar, highly revered for its spiritual significance.

The Sacred Months
The Qur'an mentions these months as particularly important "The sacred months are Dhul-Qiʿdah, Dhul-Ḥijjah, Muḥarram, and Rajab; sin and obedience are greater in them than in other months: 'So do not wrong yourselves therein.'” [Qur'an 9:36]

During these months, both sins and good deeds carry greater weight.

The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah
The initial ten days of Dhul Hijjah are especially blessed. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasized their importance: “There are no deeds as excellent as those done in these ten days... except a man who goes forth endangering his life and wealth and does not return with anything.” (Bukhari)

So significant are these days that Allah swears by them in the Qur’an, highlighting their extraordinary nature.

Why These Days Are Unique
Scholars explain that this period is distinguished by the convergence of several major acts of worship: prayer, fasting, charity, and the pilgrimage (Hajj). As Ibn Hajar notes, "in no other periods do these great deeds combine."

Historical Practices
The early generations of Muslims, known as the Salaf, were known to increase their worship during these days. Ibn Jubayr, for instance, would intensify his efforts to such an extent that he would caution others to "not turn off your lights during the nights of the first ten days (of Dhul Hijjah)." (Al-Lata’if)

Special Times and Seasons
Ibn Rajab describes how Allah has designated special times and seasons for increased worship, offering unique opportunities for divine favour and mercy. He encourages us to seize these opportunities:

"Fortunate is he who makes the most of these seasons; months, days, and hours - and grows closer to his Lord by acts of obedience - in the hope of achieving one of those grants!"

During these ten days, we have a chance to draw nearer to Allah and earn immense rewards through our deeds. Let us strive to maximise our worship and good actions in this sacred period.
Is Ramadan the Best Time to Give?
Ramadan is widely recognised as an exceptional time for giving Sadaqah (charitable giving).

The Virtue of Dhul Hijjah
However, scholars highlight that the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah surpass even the most virtuous days of Ramadan in terms of their reward and significance.

Ibn Kathir, a renowned Islamic scholar, states:

"These ten days are better than all the other days of the year, with no exceptions, not even the last ten days of Ramadan.”

Ibn al-Qayyim echoes this sentiment, emphasising:

"The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are better than the last 10 days of Ramadan.”

While Ramadan remains a highly esteemed period for worship and charity, the initial ten days of Dhul Hijjah offer an unparalleled opportunity for earning divine rewards. Therefore, maximising our charitable acts and good deeds during this time is highly encouraged to reap the extraordinary benefits it offers.
Why choose Automated Giving?

Convenience and Peace of Mind
Automated giving simplifies your charitable contributions, removing the need to remember each donation. This convenience allows you to focus on other important tasks without the added worry of managing your donations.

Discreet and Private Giving
Automated giving also provides a discreet way to donate, avoiding the pressure of public fundraising appeals. This aligns with the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as mentioned in a hadith from Bukhari, which highlights the virtue of giving quietly:

“...who gives in charity and hides it, such that his left hand does not know what his right hand gives in charity.” [Bukhari]

By choosing automated giving, you can embody this ideal of discreet charity, ensuring that your donations remain private while still supporting those in need. We hope you find this method beneficial and spiritually rewarding.

When are the 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah this year?
Important Dates for Dhul Hijjah 2024
 
Understanding the Dates
The first ten days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah are determined by the sighting of the moon, which means the exact dates can vary each year. For 2024, the anticipated dates are as follows, subject to moon sighting:
  • 1st Dhul Hijjah: Expected on Friday, 7th June
  • Jumuah (Fridays): Expected on 1st and 8th Dhul Hijjah
  • Mondays and Thursdays (Sunnah Fasting Days): Expected on 4th and 7th Dhul Hijjah
Special Days During Dhul Hijjah
  • Day of Arafah (9th Dhul Hijjah): Expected on Saturday, 15th June
  • Day of Eid, Yawm an-Nahr (10th Dhul Hijjah): Expected on Sunday, 16th June
Local vs. Global Sighting
The exact dates might vary depending on whether you follow local or global moon sighting. It’s important to check with your local Islamic authority for the confirmed dates.
Why should I give more Sadaqah on Jumah?

Significance of Jumah (Friday)
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught us that Friday is the best day of the week. Ka'b (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

“Giving Sadaqah on Friday is better than giving it on any other day of the week.”

Greater Reward for Charity on Friday
Ibn al-Qayyim emphasised the virtue of giving charity on this blessed day:

“Charity on Fridays has an advantage and greater reward over the same on all other days. Compared to it on different days of the week, Friday's charity is such as charity during the month of Ramadan in relation to charity during other months. I saw the Sheikh of Islam Ibn Taymiyyah carrying bread and other goods he had found in his house to give secretly as charity, and I heard him say: 'If Allah has commanded us to give charity before praying to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), then giving charity before praying to him is the most important and more deserving of virtues.'”

Advice from Scholars
Imam ash-Shafi’i also recommended increased charitable actions on Fridays:

"It is recommended to do a lot of charity and good on Friday days and nights.”

Maximising Rewards
By giving more Sadaqah on Fridays, you align with these teachings and maximise your rewards. The spiritual significance and the greater rewards associated with charity on this day make it an ideal time to increase your charitable efforts.

What's special about Mondays and Thursdays?

Significance of Mondays and Thursdays
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasised the special nature of these days, saying:

“Deeds are presented (to Allah) on Monday and Thursday. So, I like my deeds to be presented while I am fasting.”

In another narration, he explained:

“The Gates of Paradise are opened on Mondays and Thursdays” and that "Deeds are presented to Allah on every Monday and Thursday, and Allah will forgive every slave who does not associate anything with Allah in worship, except for a person who is at odds with his brother. He shall say: 'Leave these two until they are reconciled.’" [at-Tirmidhi]

Ideal Time for Deeds and Sadaqah
During the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, many will strive to fast and increase their good deeds. Mondays and Thursdays present a unique opportunity for our deeds to be presented to Allah while we are fasting, at a time when the gates of Paradise are open. This makes it an ideal time to give Sadaqah, as it will be raised and presented to Allah at this precious moment.

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