IRSYAD AL-HADITH SEERIES 401: FAKE HADITHS REGARDING THE ADVANTAGES OF FASTING IN THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF ZULHIJJAH

IrsyadHadith 401 

 

Question:

What is the status of this hadith?

فِي أَوَّلِ يَوْمٍ مِنْ ذِيْ الْحِجَّةِ غَفَرَ اللهُ فِيْهِ لِآدَمَ وَمَنْ صَامَ هَذَا الْيَوْمِ غَفَرَ اللهُ لَهُ كُلّ ذَنْبٍ

“On the first day of Zulhijjah Allah SWT forgiven the Prophet PBUH and whoever fasts on that day, then Allah SWT would forgive all of his sin.”

Answer:

Alhamdulillah, praise and thanks to Allah for the countless blessings He has blessed us all with. Blessings and salutations to the Prophet Muhammad PBUH, his wives, his family, companions and all those that follow his teachings to the day of judgement.

We have just entered the month of Zulhijjah and the first days of Zulhijjah are the most beloved days of Allah SWT for any of His salves to perform worship to Him. This is based on a sahih hadith of the Prophet:

مَا مِنْ أَيَّامٍ الْعَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ فِيهَا أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ هَذِهِ الْأَيَّامِ يَعْنِي أَيَّامَ الْعَشْرِ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ قَالَ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ إِلَّا رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ  بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ مِنْ ذَلِكَ بِشَيْء

“There is no virtue more to the liking of Allah in any day than in these days, that is, the first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah. They (the Companions) asked: Messenger of Allah, not even the struggle in the path of Allah (Jihad)? He said: (Yes), not even the struggle in the path of Allah, except a man who goes out (in the path of Allah) with his life and property, and does not return with any of them.”

Sunan Abu Daud (2082) [The sanad of this hadith is sahih according to Syeikh Syu’aib al-Arna’outh]

According to the above question, there are several other hadiths which state specific advantages for those who fast in the first ten days of Zulhijjah. The hadiths are as the following:

Analyzing the above hadiths, we would like to state that all of the advantages stated are not sahih from the Prophet PBUH except the advantage of fasting on the day of Arafah. This is in accordance with a sahih hadith:

يُكَفِّرُ السَّنَةَ الْمَاضِيَةَ وَالْبَاقِيَةَ

It expiates the sins of the preceding year and the coming year

Sahih Muslim (1977)

Conclusion

To conclude, the hadiths which narrate the advantages are not sahih from the Prophet PBUH. However, we are greatly encouraged to increase our worships and good deeds during the first 10 days of Zulhijjah by increasing our sunnah prayers, fasting, donations, recitation of the Quran, dhikr, qiyamullail and others according to the general hadith which explains the advantages of the first ten days of Zulhijjah. May Allah SWT make us form among His salves who receive His blessings, forgiveness and are saved from the punishments of hellfire. Amin.

Wallahua’lam.

 

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