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What Makes Dhul Hijjah the Most Anticipated Month in Islam?

The Islamic calendar is filled with months of great significance, but among them, the month of Dhul Hijjah stands out as one of the most sacred and special periods for Muslims worldwide. This month, being the twelfth and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar, carries immense religious and spiritual importance. It is a time for Muslims to engage in profound worship, reflection, and community activities. In this article, we will delve into the reasons why Dhul Hijjah is so special, exploring its various aspects and the practices associated with it.

1. The Month of Pilgrimage (Hajj)

Dhul Hijjah is most notably known as the month of Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam. Hajj is the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca that every Muslim must undertake at least once in their lifetime, provided they are physically and financially able to do so. The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to the 12th of Dhul Hijjah and is a time of immense spiritual significance.

Verses from the Quran emphasize the importance of Hajj. In The Clear Quran®, Surah Al-Hajj (22:27), Allah (SWT) commands, “Call ˹all˺ people to the pilgrimage. They will come to you on foot and on every lean camel from every distant path […].”

This verse highlights the global unity and spiritual devotion that Hajj symbolizes. The rituals performed during Hajj, such as Tawaf (circling the Kaaba), Sa’i (walking between the hills of Safa and Marwah), and standing on the plains of Arafat, commemorate the trials of Prophet Ibrahim (as), and his family.

2. The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are regarded as some of the most blessed days in the Islamic calendar. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah (SWT) than these ten days.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 969).

Muslims are encouraged to engage in various forms of worship during these days, including fasting, prayer, recitation of the Quran, charity, making Dhikr (remembrance of Allah (SWT)), and takbeerat. These days are an opportunity for believers to attain spiritual elevation and draw closer to Allah (SWT).

3. The Day of Arafah

The 9th day of Dhul Hijjah, known as the Day of Arafah, is particularly significant. It is the day when pilgrims gather on the plain of Arafat to pray and seek forgiveness. For those not performing Hajj, fasting on this day is highly recommended. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “Fasting on the day of Arafah expiates the sins of the previous year and the coming year.” (Sahih Muslim 1162). This day represents the pinnacle of Hajj and offers a unique opportunity for repentance and spiritual renewal.

4. Eid al-Adha

Following the Day of Arafah, on the 10th of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice). This festival commemorates the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (as) to sacrifice his son Prophet Ismail (as) in obedience to Allah (SWT)’s command, and Allah (SWT)’s provision of a ram to sacrifice instead.

The story is narrated in The Clear Quran®, Surah As-Saffat (37:102-107), “Then when the boy reached the age to work with him, Abraham said, “O my dear son! I have seen in a dream that I ˹must˺ sacrifice you. So tell me what you think.” He replied, “O my dear father! Do as you are commanded. Allah willing, you will find me steadfast.” Then when they submitted ˹to Allah’s Will˺, and Abraham laid him on the side of his forehead ˹for sacrifice˺, We called out to him, “O Abraham! You have already fulfilled the vision.” Indeed, this is how We reward the good-doers. That was truly a revealing test. And We ransomed his son with a great sacrifice […].”

On this day, Muslims perform the act of Qurbani (sacrifice), wherein they slaughter an animal such as a sheep, goat, cow, or camel, and distribute the meat among family, friends, and the needy.

The Spiritual and Social Benefits of Dhul Hijjah

1. Strengthening Faith and Devotion

The various acts of worship performed during Dhul Hijjah help in strengthening a Muslim’s faith and devotion. Engaging in additional prayers, fasting, and recitation of the Quran nurtures the soul and brings a person closer to Allah (SWT). It is a time for spiritual reflection and self-purification.

2. Unity and Brotherhood

Dhul Hijjah fosters a sense of unity and brotherhood among Muslims. The gathering of millions in Mecca for Hajj exemplifies the universal brotherhood of Islam, transcending racial, national, and economic barriers. This unity is further reinforced by the collective observance of Eid al-Adha, where Muslims worldwide participate in the same rituals and celebrations. Masajid like Masjid Furqaan Bolingbrook and Masjid Furqaan Hayward are places that welcome community members to come together in unity and support. 

3. Charity and Generosity

The practice of Qurbani during Eid al-Adha emphasizes the importance of charity and generosity. By distributing the meat of the sacrificed animal to the less fortunate, Muslims ensure that everyone can partake in the festive joy, thereby reinforcing the values of empathy and community support.

4. Repentance and Forgiveness

Dhul Hijjah is a time for sincere repentance and seeking Allah (SWT)’s forgiveness. The Day of Arafah, in particular, is an occasion for intense supplication and repentance. It is a day when Allah’s mercy is abundant, and sins are forgiven, offering a fresh start to the believers. What better way to be a part of a fresh start to new Muslims by supporting Street Dawah? 

Practical Tips for Maximizing the Benefits of Dhul Hijjah

1. Increase Acts of Worship

Make a conscious effort to increase your acts of worship during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah. Engage in additional prayers, fasting, and recitation of the Quran. Utilize this time to perform good deeds and charitable acts.

2. Observe the Fast of Arafah

Fasting on the Day of Arafah is highly meritorious for those not performing Hajj. Plan and prepare to fast on this day, seeking Allah (SWT)’s forgiveness and mercy.

3. Perform Qurbani

If you are financially able, make arrangements for the Qurbani sacrifice. Ensure that the meat is distributed appropriately, keeping a portion for yourself, giving a portion to family and friends, and donating a portion to the needy.

4. Engage in Dhikr

Constantly engage in Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) during these blessed days. Simple phrases such as “SubhanAllah” (Glory be to Allah), “Alhamdulillah” (All praise is due to Allah), “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the Greatest), and “La ilaha illallah” (There is no god but Allah) can be repeated throughout the day.

5. Give Charity

  • Donate towards Quran distribution so every household has a copy of The Clear Quran® in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Support Street Dawah to help our efforts in spreading Islam throughout the U.S. and Canada
  • Support a Full-Time Islamic school for students in KG-12th grade, either in-person or online, so they are given academic, Islamic, and Quranic excellence throughout the school year. 
  • Support the Masajid that help your community thrive! When you give for the welfare of the house of Allah (SWT), indeed He creates a home for you in Jannah.


The Clear Quran®: Enhancing Your Dhul Hijjah Experience

The Clear Quran®, known for its accuracy, clarity, and eloquence, is an invaluable resource for Muslims seeking to deepen their understanding of the Quran during Dhul Hijjah. The Clear Quran® offers translations and tafsir (exegesis) that are accessible to all, making it easier to reflect on the divine messages and apply them in daily life. Whether you are reading the English-only version or the parallel edition with Arabic text, learning new Arabic terms on the go with the The Clear Quran® Dictionary App, listening to the beautiful, dramatized narrations of the The Clear Quran® Audiobook App, or wanting to read the Quran everyday with The Clear Quran® App, The Clear Quran® provides insights that enhance spiritual growth and understanding during this sacred month.


The month of Dhul Hijjah holds a special place in the hearts of Muslims due to its profound religious significance and the unique opportunities it offers for spiritual growth and communal harmony. Whether through the sacred rituals of Hajj, the blessed first ten days, the Day of Arafah, or the celebration of Eid al-Adha, this month is a time for Muslims to deepen their faith, seek Allah (SWT)’s mercy, and strengthen their bonds with the global Muslim community. By fully embracing the blessings of Dhul Hijjah, Muslims can achieve greater spiritual fulfillment and contribute positively to their communities.