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There are no days greater in the sight of Allah and in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days, so during this time recite a great deal of Tahleel, (La ilaaha ill-Allah), Takbeer (Allaho Akbar) and Tahmeed (Alhamdo Lillah).
- Musnad Ahmad

When you see the new moon of Dhul-Hijjah, if any one of you wants to offer a sacrifice, then he should stop cutting his hair and nails until he has offered his sacrifice.
- Sahih Muslim

Allaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar, La-Ilaha ill-Allah, waAllaho Akbar, Allaho Akbar, waLillahil
- hamd

It is neither their flesh nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.
- 22:37

Qurbani is the way of your forefather Ibrahim. There is a reward for every hair.
- Ibn Majah

There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of Judgment with its horn, hair and hooves. Allah accepts the sacrifice before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore, sacrifice with an open and happy heart.
- Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah

Whoever has the capacity to sacrifice and does not do so, should not come to the place where Eid prayer is offered.
- Hadith; Ibne Majah

Dhul Hijjah is the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar and is a sacred time for Muslims as this is the month that Hajj and Eid ul-Adha take place. The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are considered to be the greatest days of the year, even above the month of Ramadan, with the annual Hajj pilgrimage taking place during these days and the festival of sacrifice, known as Qurbani (or Qurbani Eid).

When are the 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah?

Since the Islamic Calendar follows the lunar year rather than the solar one, the dates shift within the Gregorian Calendar year after year. This year, the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are set to begin on 7 June and end on 16 June.

The 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah 2024

The 10 days of Dhul Hijjah also include the day of Nahr (Qurbani), the day of Arafah, and the day of Hajj. These are sacred events in the Islamic Calendar during which all Muslims are expected to demonstrate their gratitude towards Allah (SWT), giving thanks for all He has given to them.

The Importance of Dhul Hijjah

The importance of these days cannot be understated amongst the Islamic community, with the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah placed even above those of Ramadan. This is especially true for the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah, Arafah, which is considered to be the holiest day in the Islamic calendar.

Fasting on the 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

It is Sunnah to fast on the day of Arafah, the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah. The virtues of the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah allow you to expiate the sins of two whole years when partaking in the fast. This is because Mount Arafat, where pilgrims make their way from Mina, is known as the Mountain of Mercy and is where the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) delivered his final sermon to all Muslims who followed him for Hajj.

The 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah Hadith

One of the 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah quotes from the Prophet (PBUH) is: “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of Arafah. He comes close and expresses His fulfilment to the angels, saying, 'What do these people want?’”

Only Muslims who are not taking part in Hajj should fast, as those who are present on the pilgrimage are not recommended to observe the fast.


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.


One of the good deeds that will bring a Muslim closer to Allah (SWT) during these 10 days is Qurbani. By choosing and sacrificing a high-quality livestock animal and distributing its meat in three equal parts, Muslims commemorate the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (AS), who was willing to give his son, Ismail (AS), following the wishes of Allah (SWT).

What day of Dhul Hijjah is Eid?

Eid ul-Adha, the festival of the sacrifice, begins on the 10th day of Dhul Hijjah and ends at sunset on the 13th day.

Dhul Hijjah Qurbani Obligations

Qurbani is obligatory upon every Muslim whose total annual wealth meets or exceeds the Nisab value. It is highly virtuous for one on whom Qurbani is not obligatory to offer sacrifice for the pleasure of Allah (SWT). They will be eligible for all the rewards mentioned in the Ahadeeth.

Once the sacrifice has been completed, the meat is shared in three equal parts – one for the person making the sacrifice, one for friends and/or family, and a final part for someone who is poor and/or needy. As an Islamic charity, UK Islamic Mission is permitted to accept Qurbani donations, where we will ensure that the sacrifice is completed as per tradition, as well as the distribution of meat shares.

If an individual does not offer Qurbani, they must then give the price of Qurbani as Sadaqah. However, this does not mean Sadaqah is an alternative to Qurbani.

The Distribution of Qurbani

Small livestock animals (sheep and goats) count as one share per animal. Large livestock animals (cattle and camels) are divided into seven shares per animal. This means that the Qurbani of seven individuals is allowed with a single large animal.


This year, UK Islamic Mission will continue to reach out to support the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, make your donation and get involved.


This year, UK Islamic Mission will continue to reach out to support the ten days of Dhul Hijjah, make your donation and get involved.


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