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  1. Assalamualaikum. Simply love this article. Not only is it motivating but also gives a lot of practical tips to make the best use of these days. JazakAllah khairan katheran!

  2. Salam alaikum, thank you a lot for the beneficial compilation of information regarding the blessed days. I just have a question regarding the Quran-Vers you bring up in the introduction: did the Quran commentators relate these “ten nights” to Dhul Hijjah? How can we know it’s not the ten (last) nights of Ramadan?


    • Wa Alaikum Asalaam. There is a difference of opinion as many notable Qur’an commentators go for either opinion that it refers to either the last ten nights of Ramadan or the first ten of Dhul Hijjah. It could even refer to both. Both of these opinions are valid showing that both the last ten of Ramadan and the first 10 of Dhul Hijjah are very special indeed. Therefore we should worship Allah abundantly on both these auspicious occasions.

    • Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

      The last 10 nights of Ramadan are the best 10 NIGHTS of the year.

      The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are the 10 best DAYS of the year.

      And Allah [swt] knows best.

  3. Salamunalaikum,this is very good. It is a well researched writeup though lengthy.JazakumuLLAHU bi khairat

  4. JazakAllah kheir brother for this great inspirational post.
    Three days are gone but alhamdulillah I have seven days to make life changes and connect to my Lord. This article came the right time and I will start tonight inshaAllah planning and following the new life I want to experience. Please remember me in your duas.
    I hope to successfully celebrate my accomplishments during this Eid inshaAllah!

    • Asalaamu Alaikum, That is a very good attitude to have my Brother Said. What better time to make life changes than the “best of days”. Please also remember me in your Dua’s

  5. Jazakallahu khair brother for this amazing, practical and motivational tips. As always, Productive Muslim has hit the nail on the head with write-ups on increasing productivity in the daily lives of muslims from all works of life. May Allah reward you all abundantly & may our efforts be pleasing to Him, ameen.

  6. Alhamdulillah for the outstanding tip in this holy month and keep up the good work that you are doing for the muslim ummah….JZK ALLAH KHAIR

  7. Jazak Allah for such an amazing article! Very helpful and motivating…
    Your Team is doing a great job! Keep up the Good and Productive Work!

  8. Jazakallah. Every year i celebrate Eid al Adha without much thought , another festival for family and friends to get together. After reading your article i cannot help the tears that flows freely for i understand the sacrifice of of our prophet Ibrahim and the true meaning of Eid al Adha. Jazalallah!

  9. SubhanAllah Walhamdulillah. I am so fortunate to chance upon this site on the last day of Aug 2014, on time for Dhul Hijjah this year, 26 Sep to 24 Oct JazakAllah khair to you. Al Fatiha for all.

  10. Assalamualaikum. Productive article indeed. However the time of sacrifice mentioned in the article as 10.11and 12th only is not correct. The days of sacrifice are four.the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th oof zul hijja.It can be verified from the site Islam question and answer .answer number 36651.JazakAllahukhairan. BarakAllahufeekum.

  11. Tomorrow (Thursday 25th Sept) the first of the 10 Best days of the year begins.

    The Prophet (Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam) has said regarding these Blessed days:

    “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these 10 days…(Al-Bukhari)

    These 10 days & nights possess tremendous blessings and excellence so we should plan to spend them in intense worship.

    It is recommended to fast the first 9 days particularly the day of Arafat – 9th Dhul Hijjah which is on Friday the 3rd of October.

    During these days and nights It is Sunnah to recite takbeer – Allahu Akbar. Tahmeed – Alhamdulillah and tasbeeh – SubhanAllah.

    Any questions then please do not hesitate to ask.

  12. Jazakallahu khayr, May Almighty Allaah grant us the wisdom to maximise the benefit of this ten days of Dhul hijja. I’ll use this opportunity to inform our brothers nd sister to be prayerful please especially regarding the current situation in middle east, Africa nd other muslim living countries. we should please fear Allaah nd repent, each nd everyone one of us will face Allaah on the day of judgement answering queries regarding ourselves. Bissalam

  13. Salam brother 9th zul hijja should be taken from Saudi Arab or India point of view as one day difference is there from India & Saudi arab. This year 10th zul hija in India is falling on 6th oct 2014 Monday then 9th is Sunday how come it is Friday. Kindly clarify

    • Wa Alaikum Asalaam, It is best to follow your trusted local Masjid regarding the dates of any Islamic event in the Islamic year

      And Allah knows best in all matters

  14. Does it make a big difference to read the Quran in other language but Arabic?
    Do we have the same rewards? This question is for anyone out there who do not understand Arabic.

    • @Joel – I appreciate your trust in us to ​​answer your question. However, it would be best for you to consult a scholar and get a detailed answer as we don’t have the expertise to advise on such matters.

      ​In case you may not know of one, you may ​alternatively ​consult ​authentic Q&A websites​ such as​: ​​

      ​I truly hope this helps. Our sincerest apologies for being unable to assist you further.

    • Dear Joel,
      I have learned from my teachers that, unlike other books, reading/recitation of The Qur-aan is not an academic exercise. Indeed, the Laws in Deen are based on Qur-aan (and Sunnah of The Beloved ‘alaih-is-Salaam). However, the effect on the heart; i.e. attaining maximum Nearness to Allaah, by the reading/recitation cannot be experienced unless The Qur-aan is read/recited in the language that it has been Descended in; Arabic.
      It is important to understand The Qur-aan in your language and this must be done in the company of the Scholars whose knowledge can be traced to The Beloved ‘alaih-is-Salaam. In Arabic, it is known as “silsilah”. It is also important to recite The Qur-aan in Arabic. The Reward of 10 Hasanaat upon every letter is on the Arabic Recitation. Of course, Allaah Is Merciful. Those who cannot read Arabic are not Deprived of His Reward, however, it behooves us that we put out effort to learn the language so that we may recite The Qur-aan as it was descended and take maximum Benefit; not just Reward, out of our recitation.
      This is not my opinion. It is what I have learned from my teachers. If I have said anything above which is incorrect, it is purely due to my misunderstanding.
      Allaah Knows Best.
      We ask Allaah for His Tawfeeq and Taisiir.

  15. Thanks to Farrukh Paasha for opening our eyes, this beautiful post woke me up!
    Thanks to the ProductiveMuslim Custumer Support too. Your answer did help a lot.
    You guys are doing a great job.
    May Allah reward you all, Ameen.

  16. Such a nice and productive article Farrukh Paasha. May Allah reward you for your efforts, Ameen. Jazak Allah Khairun.

  17. The blessed day of Arafat is the best day of 365 days of the year. Better than any day of Ramadan.

    On top of that it has even more special significance as it has fallen on the best day of the week – Jummah.

    Subhanallah we are so lucky to be alive on this day so we can make the best of it.

    So let us not waste a single second of this day. Nothing is worth wasting this amazing opportunity to gain unimaginable incomprehensible rewards!

    For those of us who waste this day then there is no doubt that once we see the immense rewards we have missed out on then we will be in utter regret forever!

  18. jazakAllah kheiran..mashaAllah i lov the post its very nice .have come to know what i dint know about my religion#islam…may Allah reward you and inshaAllah make us meet in jannah

  19. I am very impressed with your comments islamically in relation to this temporary world. May Allah shower his mercies and blessings on all of us.May Allah grant us the best in this life and the best in the hereafter. Amin

  20. I am a muslima from Philippines particularly in mindanao. I really liked the article you made. I am looking forward on your articles to come because I learn so much about it much in Islam.

  21. Despite the years of this article still relevant and soul inspiring more grace to your effort brother Paacha jazakumllahu khairan

  22. Asalamualaikum

    JazakAllah Khair for such a beautiful article. The tips are particularly very helpful. May Allah bless you for your efforts.

  23. A Great Artcle. May ALLAAH arRahman arRaheem Shower More Health, More Courage, More Wisdom,and More Patience upon You. WasSalaam.
    Haji Abdul Kareem Nandasena. Sri Lanka.

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  25. allaahumma aameen ya al-wahaab wa al-hadi for ur dua…jazakhmullaahu khayran katheeran for everyone engaged in spreading this beautiful knowledge

  26. Baarak Allah feek Brother Farrukh, the article is very comprehensive and inspiring. May Allah Al Mughnee enrich our 10 days with ample barakaat aameen Allahumma aameen

  27. Jazakallah khairan for this amazing article. May Allah accept all our good deeds and grant us Jannatul Firdous. Aameen 😊

  28. Masha Allah,all the articles are very informative and well said in simple english explanations.
    May Allah reward you all and give strength to do more great works.
    Jazakallah khair,

  29. Assalam o Alikum.
    JazakAllah Khair for such a beautiful article. I will try my best to do all these thigns in sha Allah.
    May Allah belss on you and on your family ameen,
    May Allah bless on all muslim ummah. ameen

  30. Thank you for the tips on receiving an abundance of blessings in these holy days. I understand the importance of good deeds and worship which should be part of any practicing Muslims routine. I would like to see more examples of ” good deeds” such as helping those in need, the elderly or sick who cannot clean their house, nor have the means of transportation to get groceries, to help a student with subjects they have difficulty, to be a brother and sister to the orphan or deprived, to cut the lawn for one who can’t, to care for an abused animal, feed the hungry, relieve an overwhelmed mother to get a Mother’s Day out , to clean and make our masjids beautiful, repair things needed for those who can’t . Our religious leaders tend to always focus on worship , charity, and avoiding sins but never on how to really help our community members.

    • Asalaamu Alaikum sister Sultana you are absolutely correct. There are numerous good deeds that we can do especially helping and being of benefit to others.

      May Allah give us the ability to do much good during these blessed days and nights and throughout the year. Ameen

    • Sister Sultan yah as Muslim we should do such things in life. Am from Kenya and as Ansari sisters we usually do various activities such as every Thursday we visit the sick, Fridays we clean masjid(that’s diff masjid every Friday), once in month we visit children home like this Saturday we are planning to visit them and every last Thursday of the month we visit prisoners. Like a page in Facebook Ansari sisters

    • Asalaamu Alaikum. The scholars have advised that a woman’s voice is not away as such but women in general are advised not to raise their voice unnecessarily nor speak in a soft alluring tone so as to avoid possibly ignite desire in he whose heart is a disease. (Surah Ahzaab 33:32).

      That is why women should also only recite Quran loudly to children and other women and not men.

      Therefore it is also advised that she recite dhikr or ashlar etc in a quite tone to herself rather than loud enough for others to hear.

      And Allah knows best in all matters

  31. Jazaakallahu Khairan, may Almighty Allah blessed you abundantly for giving us such a wonderful tips, Masha Allah & may HE give us the ability to perform it correctly & successfully & accept all our Ibadat, sacrifice & Dua. Amin.

    Jazaakallahu Khairan once again.

  32. Jazakallahu khairan! My heart had been heavy with forgetfulness, insha Allah this reminder will further help in awakening my heart to begin the journey back to my Rabb..indeed this life is fleeting…

  33. Mashallah very nice article with easy tips on how to maximize these coming 10 days inshallah. May Allah SWT make it easy for all of us to implement them and get the barakah that comes with them. May Allah shower His mercy and blessing on you brother for sharing such good advices. Ameen

  34. Masha Allah! Shukr for sharing:) Will definitely aim to implement and benefit from the blessed days of Thul-Hijja. May Allah swt reward you immensely for your care and dedication . Ameen

  35. Alhamdulillah may Allah accept our good deeds forgive our sins and make aljannatul firdausi our final abode

  36. Jazakallaah khairan for all your efforts in educating us.May Allaah Azawajal continue to in you in beneficial knowledge and lead us to the promised janatul Firdaus…Aameen.

  37. JAZAK ALLAH KAHIR … very nice and useful article may ALLAH SWT grant you people great success in this world and the hereafter

  38. JAZAKAK LAHU KHAIRAN. may ALLAH reward you abundantly. I pray that the Muslim Ummah will benefit from this blessed compilation of a beloved brother. May Allah increase your wisdom, elevate you, family and fellow Muslims .

  39. Asalamu3laykum

    I just wanted to say Jazakallah for all the hard work you do! Me and my family have immensely benefited from all your reminders may Allah grant you the best in both worlds InshAllah

    Dadayako kwa Islam :)

  40. JazakAllah Khair!!!!!!! :)
    This will definitely make us more PRODUCTIVE! inn sha Allah.
    May Allah accept all our deeds.

    JazakAllah khairan. Barak Allahu feekum.

    • Asalaamu Alaikum, These are voluntary fasts so you can fast however many days of the 9 days that you possibly can inshaAllah.

  42. Jazakallahu Khayran for all your blessed dua’s. Please continue to remember me and my family in your dua’s during these blessed days and nights.

    May Allah give us the ability to make the best of these blessed days and nights and continue to do so throughout the year. Ameen

  43. Assalamu alaykum, jazakallahu khayra for educative article that give motivation…..I ask Allah to enable us and give us strength to implement those good deed during and after these 10 glorious days…AAMIN

  44. Mashallah, Alhamdulillah thank you brother for this very useful information on this day the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. May God bless you and inshallah may God forgive our sins.

  45. Ma shaa Allah,jazakallah khaer for this beautiful reminder am happy,because i did know but now i do…may Allah bless you and increaae you in barakat

  46. I have been inspired by this article! Indeed, we should look for Allah is blessing as we look for food! Alhadilillah

  47. The Blessed Day of Arafaat is tomorrow (Sunday 11th Sept)

    The best day of the entire year is upon us – The blessed day of Arafat – is tomorrow (Sun 11th Sept) from Fajr .

    10 things we can do to make the best of the Blessed Day of Arafat:

    Out of 365 days in a year, the day of Arafat has been singled out to be the best day of all. Even better than any day of Ramadan. Therefore we cannot possibly afford to miss out on the immense rewards that are available on this most special day. This is a day where we can change our lives forever & get closer to Allah & gain forgiveness for an entire lifetime of sins:

    The Prophet (SallAllaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said: “There is no day when Allah sets free more slaves from the Fire than the day of ‘Arafat. He (Allaah) draws near, then He boasts about them before the Angels and says: ‘What do these people want?'” (Muslim)

    It is a day when the reward of good deeds are increased significantly. For eg. If there was a sale on where everything was buy 1 get 70 free you would see people queuing for miles and even trampling on each other to get such a deal. But in reality the day of Arafat is far more valuable than this. So we should grab as much as we can on this blessed day!

    The following is a worship plan for the day of Arafat:

    1. Intend to fast on this special day: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah. He replied, “Fasting on the day of Arafat is an expiation (for sins) for the preceding year and the following year…[Muslim]

    SubhanAllah! Refer to your local Masjid prayer timetable to for Suhur (When Fajr begins) and Iftaar (When Maghrib begins) times.

    2. Prepare food for Suhur before sleeping and sleep early in order to awaken a little earlier for the Tahajjud prayer. Surely Allah listens to the prayers of those who ask of him in the depths of the night when most people are asleep.

    Ensure you eat something for Suhoor as there is a blessing during this time, even if it is a date, and then pray Tahajjud & intense Dua until Fajr begins.

    3. Pray the 5 prayers on time – In congregation at the Masjid for men.

    4. Pray the 12 Rakah Sunnah’s on this day – For a reward of a palace in Jannah! ( 2 Rakah Sunnah – Fajr, 4 & 2 Rakah Sunnah – Dhuhur, 2 Rakah Sunnah – Maghrib & 2 Rakah Sunnah – Isha)

    5. Pray many Nawafil (Voluntary) prayers as much as possible on this day particularly Tahajjud which is the best Nawafil prayer – 2-8 Rakah just before Fajr begins, 2 – 8 Rakah Nawafil Salaatul Duha between 20 mins after sunrise until before Dhuhur begins, 2 Rakah Nawafil in Dhuhur, 2 Rakah Nawafil in Maghrib, 2 Rakah in Isha & 2 Rakah Nawafil in Isha. 2 Rakah Nawafil after every Wudu & 2 Rakah Nawafil whenever at the Masjid.

    6. Recite the following constantly during this blessed day no matter what you are doing: Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, Allahu Akbar, La ilaha ilallah.

    Make a target of reciting at least 1000 each or however many is realistic for you. While doing so think of what you are saying and also contemplate on the greatness of Allah.

    7. Recite the Quran as much as possible. Make a target for yourself. Three Juz (chapter), two, one, half a Juz, or even a page.

    8. Make much Dua on this blessed day:

    The day of Arafaat is the day of Dua. We should make a pre prepared list of what we want to ask Allah on this auspicious day.

    The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The best du’aa is du’aa of the day of ‘Arafah…(Tirmidhi)

    Repent and thank Allah and ask of him your hearts desires, needs and wants. Make sure you make the most of the blessed times to make Dua which are 20-30 minutes before Fajr begins & 20-30 minutes before Maghrib begins.

    9. Give much Charity as much as you canafford on this day – whether it is £1000, £500, £250 £100, £50, £25, £10 or whatever change you have. If you have not given Qurbani yet then there is no better time than on this blessed day:

    Please give whatever you can for a home for Widows and Orphans in Syria that I am raising for with the charity – One Nation. 100% donation policy:

    10. Take every opportunity to do good deeds on this blessed day whether it is by serving your parents, being good to your neighbours, being the best towards other people no matter how they are towards you solely to please Allah.

    Good manners & character are the heaviest on the good deed scales so be the best person you can be. Even a smile to your fellow Muslim or moving an object from the path is reward. Every act can be a reward with good intentions and sincerity.

    Please forward to as many people as you can so all can benefit from this as it will be a great reward for anyone who acts upon this.

    So let us make the best of this most blessed day. Remember there is no guarantee we will be alive tomorrow let alone next year. So if you want to make life changes and get closer to Allah then there is no better time to do so than now. Our enemy satan only wants us to keep putting off these changes until death takes us when it will be too late.

    May Allah enable us to make the best of this blessed day and make it a means for us to change our lives for the better forever by making us fully immerse into the deen and to get closer to him. Ameen

    • Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu,
      Actually I am confused because as you said that today is the day of arafaat but according to India it is tomorrow,so even for India it is today or tomorrow according to the calendar?
      Will be happy to hear your reply and jazak Allah for all.the above information,
      Allah hafiz.

      • Asalaamu Alaikum. The days may vary according to which country your from. As far as I can see from a internet search for India the day of Arafah is today and Eid is tomorrow. But please check with your local Masjid for more accurate information regarding the date of the day of Arafah in your locality.

        • Assalamualikum brothers and sisters in Islam. Please give charity to your kins in need in Asia. Africa, Middle East. Support your local mosques there financially.
          I found this out when I travelled from Europe back home to visit my parents.
          The relatives will not ask for any assistance but you will realise that, they are in need of your sadqaa and zakah. Then give charity to other needy causes if you have more to give.
          Allah knows best.
          Please remember me in your duas.

  48. Thank Allsh swt for thus beautiful writing. May Allah swt rewArd us for each reading it and applying this to our lives . Ameen. May Allah swt bless the author and reward him in this life and the Hereafter. May Allah swt bless us who strive to be closer to Him with success . Ameen. Thank you do much for these wonderful tips. I am so grateful to Allah for the founder and writers of the Ptoductive Muslim. I feel closer to the Ummah through these readings. Thank you ever do much. Alhamdullilah. These are the blessed days!! Thank Allah swt for the blessings. May we find success with complete submission to Allah swt! ameen, ameen, ameen.

  49. Today is the best day of the year to give in charity:

    Alhamdulillah by the end of Ramadan we managed to raise enough for a home for a Widow & 3+ Orphans in war torn Syria. But there are still too many without a home living in squalid conditions.

    So please give whatever you can on this blessed day so we can raise enough for another home & know that it will be multiplied for you significantly:

    Or you can transfer to my Account & I will pay it in:

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