The Blessed Month

Dhul-Hijjah is the blessed, final month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is one of the four sacred Islamic months. The first day of Dhul-Hijjah this year will be 13.8.18. The Hajj, or the Greater Pilgrimage to the Holy House, or Kabah, in Mecca occurs in this month, which also includes the Day of Arafat and the Feast of Sacrifice.

The Naqshbandi Shaykhs say these ten days and nights are a special time, saying that these are what God is referring to when He says in the Qur’an,

“In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. By the Daybreak, by the Ten Nights, by the even and the odd, by the night as it passes – is this oath strong enough for the rational person?” (Qur’an 89: 1-5).

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, explained the meaning of these holy days:-
“There are no days preferred to God, the Exalted, than these ten days, so increase in your saying, ‘There is no god but God’ and ‘God is Great’, for these are days for the remembrance of God. Fasting one of them is equal to fasting one year, and an action in them is multiplied in reward 700 times.”

Our Shaykhs say that fasting in these ten days is highly recommended. Each day in these ten days, Allah rewards you as though you fasted the entire year, except for the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah, in which God rewards you as though you have fasted two years.