When is Dhul Hijjah 2024 in Australia?

Muslim pilgrims performing Hajj in Makkah, in the days of Dhul Hijjah

Dhul Hijjah marks the twelfth and final month of the Islamic calendar. It holds immense significance for Muslims worldwide, especially in the first ten days, when Hajj and Eid Al-Adha (as well as the sacred act of Qurban) take place.

This year, the first day of Dhul Hijjah is expected to begin on the evening of Friday, June 7, 2024, depending on the sighting of the moon. But why exactly are the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah and its events so special?

In this article, we learn about the month’s transformative and spiritual experiences. This includes the profound meaning behind the rituals of Hajj and Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice).

The Significance of the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

Similar to the Holy month of Ramadan, the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are an extremely blessed time. After Ramadan, we often miss the spiritual high we felt and wish we could’ve done more. But these blessed ten days offer us another chance for us to gain immense rewards. To have our sins forgiven and reach great levels of piety, Insha’Allah.

Benefits of the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

In one particularly hadith, the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) specifically highlights the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah as better than all the other days of the year. Even better than the days of Ramadan, SubhanAllah!

He (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days”

Sahih Bukhari

In the Qur’an, Allah (SWT) also swears by these first ten days. In Surah Al-Fajr, He states:

“By the dawn; And [by] the ten nights.”

Quran 89:1-2

According to many scholars, these days are the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah.

What Happens on the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah?

In addition to being the best days to do good deeds, we witness two very special events in Dhul Hijjah: Hajj and Eid al-Adha.

Hajj

Hajj is the fifth and final pillar of Islam. It is a staple of Islamic belief, alongside the Shahada (the belief that there is no god but Allah (SWT) and Muhammad (ﷺ) is His Messenger), Salah (prayer), Zakat (almsgiving) and Sawm (fasting).

Hajj is the pilgrimage Muslims make to Makkah in Saudi Arabia. It occurs on the 8th to 12th of Dhul Hijjah each Islamic year. The pilgrimage is also obligatory for all able-bodied and financially capable Muslims to perform at least once in their lifetime.

Photo: Muslims performing Tawaf during Hajj in Makkah, in the days of Dhul Hijjah

This year, Hajj is expected to take place between the evenings of Friday, June 14, 2024, and Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

On the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, the blessed Day of Arafah (also Arafat) occurs. The Day of Arafah 2024 is expected to fall on the evening of Saturday, June 15, 2024.

Considered the most blessed day of the year, Arafah was the day when Allah (SWT) perfected Islam. The day He completed His favours upon His beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and approved Islam as a way of life.

This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.

Quran 5:3

On this day, pilgrims performing Hajj gather on the plain of Arafat, seeking forgiveness, supplicating to Allah and engaging in profound acts of worship.

Eid al-Adha

Eid al Adha (or Eid ul Adha), similar to Eid al Fitr (or Eid ul Fitr), is a joyous day Muslims celebrate with family and community. However, in addition to the rituals of Eid, Muslims, who are able to, also give Qurban on Eid Al-Adha.

Qurban (also known as Qurbani or Udhiyah) is an act of worship that involves the sacrifice of an animal, usually a sheep, goat, cow or camel, for the sake of Allah (SWT). The origins of this act of worship come from the story of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his willingness to sacrifice his son, Ismail (AS), as a demonstration of his faith, obedience and trust in Allah (SWT).

What Else Can We Do on the First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah?

Even for those of us not performing the Hajj pilgrimage this year, Dhul Hijjah is still a great time of blessing and immense reward.

Wherever we can, we should engage in good deeds such as giving charity, performing acts of kindness to family and community, fasting and remembrance of Allah (SWT)

Fasting

Fasting is especially encouraged during these first 10 days. The Prophet (ﷺ) used to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah as one of his regular fasts.

He especially emphasised the importance of fasting on the 9th day, the Day of Arafah.

Fasting the day of `Arafah expiates the sins of two years: the past one and the coming one.

Sahih Muslim

Making Dhikr

Our Prophet (ﷺ) also said:

“There are no days that are greater before Allah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him, than these ten days, so recite a great deal of tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed during them.”

Ahmad

When are the 10 days of Dhul Hijjah?

This year, the first day of Dhu al-Hijjah 1445 AH will fall on the evening of Friday, June 7, 2024, depending on the sighting of the moon. In turn, Eid al-Adha is expected to fall on the evening of Sunday, June 16, 2024.

Your Qurban meat bringing smiles to families on Eid Al Adha this Dhul Hijjah
Photo: Your Qurban, helping the world’s most vulnerable families thrive and build sustainable livelihoods.

Give Your Qurban On Time

At Islamic Relief, we work all year round to bring families relief and home. To combat food poverty and help communities build healthy and stable livelihoods.

Every Eid al-Adha, Islamic Relief is at the forefront of distributing Qurban. This year, we strive to deliver nutritious, high-quality meat to the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. For many, this is the only time they will be able to eat meat in the entire year.

In over 30 countries worldwide, your Qurban donation will not only bring happiness to the less fortunate, but also empower vulnerable communities. To ensure they can enjoy Eid without worrying about how and what they will feed their families.

Donate during this blessed time and increase your rewards. Help enable families and entire communities to have a happy Eid al-Adha and beyond.

This Dhul Hijjah, Share Your Blessings

Help the world’s most vulnerable families enjoy their Eid when you give Qurban with Islamic Relief.

Find out more

The post When is Dhul Hijjah 2024 in Australia? appeared first on Islamic Relief Australia.