Is it recommended to increase worship during the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah?

Quran

Hadith

Islamic Text

Yes.

عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ: «مَا العَمَلُ فِي أَيَّامٍ أَفْضَلَ مِنْهَا فِي هَذِهِ؟»

Ibn Abbas  narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said, ‘Good deeds done on (other) days are not superior to those done on these days (first ten days of Dhul Hijjah).’ (Sahih al-Bukhari, 969)

فَظهر من هَذَا كُله أَن المُرَاد بِالْأَيَّامِ فِي حَدِيث الْبَاب أَيَّام عشر ذِي الْحجَّة (عمدة القاري شرح صحيح البخاري)

It is clear based on this (other Hadith narrations) that the days intended in this Hadith are the ten days of Dhil Hijjah. (Imam al-Ayni, Umdatu al-Qari).

Many scholars have said that these days are even better than the last ten of Ramadan, due to the wording of the Hadith.

لزم منه أن تكون أيام العشر أفضل من غيرها من أيام السنة (تحفة الباري)

This (the Hadith) necessitates that the ten days are better than all other than it, from the days of the year. (Imam Zakariya al-Ansaari, Tuhfatu al-Bari).

And Allah (Most High) Knows best.

– Answered by Shaykh Noorud-deen Rashid (06.07.2021)

See also:

Cutting Hair and Nails in Dhul Hijjah

Legal Ruling for Udhiyah (Qurbani)

Reward for Fasting the Day of Arafah

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