What is Dhul Hijjah?
Dhul Hijjah is the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar. This is the time for Muslims from all over the world to complete Hajj - their once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca in order to visit the Kaaba. It is an important spiritual journey that all Muslims must complete at least once during their lifetime.
Important Days in Dhul Hijjah
Dhul Hijjah is a month with plenty of important dates and actions, including:
- The Hajj pilgrimage
- Fasting throughout the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah
- Night prayers (Tahajjud) during the first ten nights of Dhul Hijjah
- The Day of Arafah
- Takbirut Tashreeq (recitation) is observed from the 9th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah
- The Festival of Sacrifice, Eid ul-Adha, begins on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah and ends at sunset on the 13th of Dhul Hijjah
The Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah
The ten days of Dhul Hijjah also include the act of Qurbani and the Day of Hajj, which combines acts of worship in a way unlike any other day.
It is Sunnah to fast on the day of Arafah, the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah. In fact, fasting on this day will expiate the sins of two whole years.
It is Sunnah to say Takbeer during these days:
Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, there is no God but Allah, and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest, and all praise is for Allah.
Men should read these phrases out loud, and women should read them quietly.
‘Allaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar, La-Ilaha ill-Allah, waAllaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar, waLillahil’
UK Islamic Mission and Qurbani
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