Among the auspicious months of worship are the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, which Allah has preferred over all the other days of the year. Ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiyallāhu anhumā) reported that Rasoolullah (Sallallhu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” (Reported by Bukhaari, 2/457).
Ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiyallāhu anhumā) also reported that the Rasoolullah (Sallallhu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “There is no deed more precious in the sight of Allah, nor greater in reward, than a good deed done during the ten days of Sacrifice.” He was asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” (Reported by al-Daarimi, 1/357; its isnaad is hasan as stated in al-Irwaa’, 3/398).
This indicates that these ten days are better than all the other days of the year, with no exceptions, not even the last ten days of Ramadhaan. But the last ten nights of Ramadhaan are better, because they include Laylat al Qadr (“the Night of Power”), which is better than a thousand months. (See Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 5/412).
Dhul Hijjah is synonymous with Hajj and Ud-hiyyah as Dhul Hijjah literally means “The month of Hajj”. The Eid (al Ad’hā) is celebrated by worship and not merry-making where the pilgrims pelt the Jamaraat, slaughter, make their Tawaf uz-Ziyaarah and are totally released from ihraam. For those back home, they will be remembering the story of Nabi Ibraheem (‘Alayhis Salaam) where he was tested to the limit by almost sacrificing his son Isma’eel (‘Alayhis Salaam) for Allah.
May Allah guide us and grant us taufeeq to spend this month in ‘ibaadah for Him ‘Azza wa Jall only.
Many people say that there are special prayers to be recited (as for other sacred months). For example, perform two raka’ats and recite Surah Ikhlaas 50 times in each raka’at, etc. you will receive fifty years of worship… and so on. The worst of it all is that they attribute these innovations to being the words of Rasoolullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam). Remember stick to the path of sunnah completely. Do not add or delete from it even if you think that an act of innovation brings you closer to Allah. This is the deception of the devil who beautifies your acts of worship so that you may never stop the bid’ah (innovation).
May Allah Almighty guide the Muslim Ummah to completely stick to the sunnah.