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Dhul Hijjah Begins

Dhul Hijjah Begins

Dhul Hijjah Begins

Dhul Hijjah is the 12th month in the Islamic Calendar and is often referred to as the month of Hajj or pilgrimage, as well as marking the Day of Arafah and Eid Al-Adha.

Dhul Hijjah is one of four sacred months, and during this month, fighting was made forbidden to ensure that pilgrims were able to go to and from Hajj in safety.

It was during Dhul Hijjah that Hamza bin Abdul-Muttalib (RA), the uncle of the Prophet (PBUH), accepted Islam. Three days later, so did Umar (RA).

It was also in this month that the Prophet (PBUH) gave his farewell sermon. Allah (SWT) then said, “This day, I have perfected for you your religion and completed upon you my blessing, and I have chosen for you Islam as (your) religion.”

Umar (RA) passed away in this month after being stabbed while praying. Uthman (RA) was attacked in his own home by assassins, also leading to his death.

Fasting in the first 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

It is recommended to fast on the first 10 days of this month: Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year, and the worship of one night during this period is equal to the worship in the Laylatul Qadr” (Tirmidhi).

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah (SWT) than these ten days” (Bukhari).

When is Dhul Hijjah 2024?

Dhul Hijjah is expected to begin on 7 June 2024.

The Day of Arafah will fall on the 15th of June 2024, and Eid Al-Adha will be on the 16th or 17th of June 2024, depending on moon sightings. The beginning and end of months and events in Islam depend on the moon.

What to Do During Dhul Hijjah

As well as fasting, there are many other forms of worship that we can engage with, such as dhikr, feeding the poor, reading the Qur’an, praying nafl and sunnah prayers, and giving charity for the sake of Allah (SWT). In addition, Muslims must give Qurbani this month for Eid. This must be done on the 10th, 11th, or 12th.

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