The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are regularly referred to as the best ten days of the year. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” [Bukhari].
Just like with any holy day we need to plan thoroughly on how to maximise on the rewards that we can gain.
Sustainable charity also known as Sadaqatul Jariyah is one of the best ways to take advantage of these blessed days .
During the month of Ramadan extra emphasis is placed on the final ten nights. We stand in night prayer, give in charity and recite the Quran. If we place so much effort in the ten best nights then these are the ten best days.
Let's go all the way back to the stories of Hajj and what we associate with this holy season. There is the obvious one which is the actual pilgrimage which is the highlight of the season. After adorning the ihram the pilgrims move straight to the kaaba, a structure that is the biggest sustainable sadaqa project ever built by Ibrahim and his son Ismail.
They also drink from the Zamzam, which is another sadaqatul Jariyah that was gifted to the world as an expiation for the hardship and despair faced by the mother of Ismail. Today we live in a reality where its mostly impossible for the majority of us to perform the rituals of hajj as pilgrims but what can we do to maximise our rewards and engage in our own sustainable sadaqatul Jariyah projects that will convert our despair and the despair of others in to unlimited rewards?
At Human Appeal Ireland we currently have a few active projects that are sustainable and could change the lives of many.