Can you inform us about the Fast in the month of Dhul Hijjah, ten days, the ten nights
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Dear Brother / Sister,
In the Koran, the surah Fajr (Morning) says : “and by the Ten Nights” . According to some sources, those Ten Nights refer to the first ten days of the month of Muharram, but the more widespread opinion is that they refer to the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.
The month of Dhul Hijjah is the twelfth month of the lunar calendar. It is the time when the pilgrimage is carried out. Pilgrimage is one of the five tenets of Islam. From the first day till the tenth day of this month, are the holy ten nights. The tenth day is the first day of the Feast of Sacrifice. Our Prophet (PBUH) states the importance of those days as follows: “These days are the most meritorious days in the presence of Allah on which the good deeds are most valuable. On these ten days, each day’s fasting is equal to one year’s fasting. Each night’s worship is like the full worship on the Night of Qadr.”
Our Prophet’s (PBUH) wife Hafsa says: “ The Messenger of Allah never quit those four things: The fast on the tenth day of Muharram, fasting ten days in Dhul Hijjah, fasting three days every month and the two rakat prayers of the morning”
Abuddarda states the importance of those ten days of Dhul Hijjah as follows : “One should fast on the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah , give plenty of alms, pray and repent a lot, for Our Prophet (PBUH) stated: ”Shame on the person who is deprived of the goodness and abundance of these ten days“
Whoever fasts on the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah, will be awarded a fruitful life; his assets will become abundant, he will be saved of many predicaments, he will be forgive; his good deeds will be awarded a lot; he will submit his soul easily while dying; his grave will be illuminated; his good deeds scale will be heavier on the Holy Scale and he will attain high degrees in Heaven.
Before Allah, there is nothing more meritorious than the deeds done on the ten days of Dhul Hijjah. On these days, say many times the remembrances of Allah, like (Subhanallah), (Alhamdulillah) , (La ilaha illallah) and (Allahu akbar). (Abd b. Humayd, Musnad, 1-257)
Our Prophet (PBUH) gives the good tidings that for the good deeds done on the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, they will be awarded 700-fold. Those ten days are the days that have been rendered abundant by Allah and they have been sworn on in the Koran. Those days give us the opportunity to repent and make the most out of short periods. We should fast, give alms, remember Allah,on those days, like our Prophet (PBUH) did.
As for the issue of fasting on the Eid days:
Fasting begins with the dawn and finishes with the sunset. Thus, fasting is not possible through waiting till noon. Besides, fasting on that very day is strongly disliked. It is not a must to start eating with the meat of sacrifice, either.
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