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No deed is better than fasting the first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah

bukhari:969Muḥammad b. ʿArʿarah > Shuʿbah > Sulaymān > Muslim al-Baṭīn > Saʿīd b. Jubayr > Ibn ʿAbbās

The Prophet ﷺ said, "No good deeds done on other days are superior to those done on these (first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah)." Then some companions of the Prophet ﷺ said, "Not even Jihad?" He replied, "Not even Jihad, except that of a man who does it by putting himself and his property in danger (for Allah's sake) and does not return with any of those things."  

البخاري:٩٦٩حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عَرْعَرَةَ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ الْبَطِينِ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ﷺ أَنَّهُ قَالَ: «مَا الْعَمَلُ فِي أَيَّامِ الْعَشْرِ أَفْضَلَ مِنَ الْعَمَلِ فِي هَذِهِ۔» [يعني: أَيامَ العشرِ] قَالُوا: وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ؟ قَالَ: «وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ إِلاَّ رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ يُخَاطِرُ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ بِشَىْءٍ۔»  


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abudawud:2438ʿUthmān b. Abū Shaybah > Wakīʿ > al-Aʿmash > Abū Ṣāliḥ Wamujāhid Wamuslim al-Baṭīn > Saʿīd b. Jubayr > Ibn ʿAbbās

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ as saying: 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.  

أبو داود:٢٤٣٨حَدَّثَنَا عُثْمَانُ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ حَدَّثَنَا وَكِيعٌ حَدَّثَنَا الأَعْمَشُ عَنْ أَبِي صَالِحٍ وَمُجَاهِدٍ وَمُسْلِمٍ الْبَطِينِ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ﷺ مَا مِنْ أَيَّامٍ الْعَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ فِيهَا أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ هَذِهِ الأَيَّامِ يَعْنِي أَيَّامَ الْعَشْرِ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ قَالَ وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ إِلاَّ رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ مِنْ ذَلِكَ بِشَىْءٍ  

ibnmajah:1727ʿAlī b. Muḥammad > Abū Muʿāwiyah > al-Aʿmash > Muslim al-Baṭīn > Saʿīd b. Jubayr > Ibn ʿAbbās

“There are no days during which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days,” meaning the (first) ten days of Dhul- Hijjah. They said: “O Messenger of Allah! Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah?” He said: “Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah, unless a man goes out with himself and his wealth and does not bring anything back.”  

ابن ماجة:١٧٢٧حَدَّثَنَا عَلِيُّ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ الْبَطِينِ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ﷺ مَا مِنْ أَيَّامٍ الْعَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ فِيهَا أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللَّهِ مِنْ هَذِهِ الأَيَّامِ يَعْنِي الْعَشْرَ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ! وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ قَالَ وَلاَ الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ إِلاَّ رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ مِنْ ذَلِكَ بِشَىْءٍ  

ahmad:7079Yaḥyá b. Ādam And ʾAbū al-Naḍr > Zuhayr > Ibrāhīm b. Muhājir > ʿAbdullāh b. Bābāh > ʿAbdullāh b. ʿAmr

[Machine] I was with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ when he mentioned the good deeds. He said, "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." The people asked, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?" He replied, "Not even Jihad, except for a man who goes out with himself and his wealth in the cause of Allah and returns with nothing."  

أحمد:٧٠٧٩حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ آدَمَ وَأَبُو النَّضْرِ قَالَا حَدَّثَنَا زُهَيْرٌ عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ بْنِ مُهَاجِرٍ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ بَابَاهُ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو قَالَ

كُنْتُ عِنْدَ رَسُولِ اللهِ ﷺ فَذُكِرَتِ الْأَعْمَالُ فَقَالَ مَا مِنْ أَيَّامٍ الْعَمَلُ فِيهِنَّ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ هَذِهِ الْعَشْرِ قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ؟ قَالَ فَأَكْبَرَهُ قَالَ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ إِلَّا أَنْ يَخْرُجَ رَجُلٌ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ ثُمَّ تَكُونَمُهْجَةُ نَفْسِهِ فِيهِ  

ahmad:3139Muḥammad b. Jaʿfar > Shuʿbah > Sulaymān > Muslim al-Baṭīn > Saʿīd b. Jubayr > Ibn ʿAbbās

[Machine] From the Prophet ﷺ that he said: "There is no deed superior to him in these days," meaning the ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah). It was said: "Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah?" He said: "Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah, except for the one who sets out with his self and his wealth and does not return with anything from it."  

أحمد:٣١٣٩حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ جَعْفَرٍ حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ الْبَطِينِ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ﷺ أَنَّهُ قَالَ مَا عَمَلٌ أَفْضَلَ مِنْهُ فِي هَذِهِ الْأَيَّامِ يَعْنِي أَيَّامَ الْعَشْرِ قَالَ فَقِيلَ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ؟ قَالَ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ إِلَّا مَنْ خَرَجَ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَرْجِعْ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ ذَلِكَ  

ahmad:3228Yaḥyá > Shuʿbah > Sulaymān > Muslim al-Baṭīn > Saʿīd b. Jubayr > Ibn ʿAbbās

[Machine] From the Prophet ﷺ , he said: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these days." It was asked, "Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah?" He replied, "Not even Jihad in the cause of Allah, except for a man who leaves with himself and his wealth and does not return with anything from it."  

أحمد:٣٢٢٨حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى عَنْ شُعْبَةَ عَنْ سُلَيْمَانُ عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ الْبَطِينِ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ﷺ قَالَ مَا مِنَ الْأَيَّامِ أَيَّامٌ الْعَمَلُ فِيهِ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ هَذِهِ الْأَيَّامِ قِيلَ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ؟ قَالَ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ إِلَّا رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْهُ  

darimi:1814Saʿīd b. al-Rabīʿ > Shuʿbah > Sulaymān > Muslim al-Baṭīn > Saʿīd b. Jubayr > Ibn ʿAbbās

[Machine] The Prophet ﷺ said, "There is no deed that is better in the sight of Allah than the deeds performed during the ten days of Dhul-Hijjah." It was asked, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?" He ﷺ replied, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a person goes out with his life and wealth and does not return with anything."  

الدارمي:١٨١٤حَدَّثَنَا سَعِيدُ بْنُ الرَّبِيعِ حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ مُسْلِمًا الْبَطِينَ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ﷺ قَالَ «مَا الْعَمَلُ فِي أَيَّامٍ أَفْضَلَ مِنَ الْعَمَلِ فِي عَشْرِ ذِي الْحِجَّةِ» قِيلَ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ؟ قَالَ «وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ إِلَّا رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ ثُمَّ لَمْ يَرْجِعْ بِشَيْءٍ»  

tabarani:12326Isḥāq b. Ibrāhīm al-Dabarī > ʿAbd al-Razzāq > al-Thawrī > al-Aʿmash > Muslim al-Baṭīn > Saʿīd b. Jubayr > Ibn ʿAbbās

[Machine] The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, "There are no days in which good deeds are more beloved to Allah or in which the good deed is better than the ten days." It was said, "O Messenger of Allah, not even jihad?" He said, "Not even jihad, except for a man who goes out with himself and his wealth and does not return with anything."  

الطبراني:١٢٣٢٦حَدَّثَنَا إِسْحَاقُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ الدَّبَرِيُّ عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّزَّاقِ عَنِ الثَّوْرِيِّ عَنِ الْأَعْمَشِ عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ الْبَطِينِ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ ﷺ «مَا مِنْ أَيَّامٍ أَحَبُّ إِلَى اللهِ ﷻ فِيهِنَّ الْعَمَلُ أَوْ قَالَ أَفْضَلُ فِيهِنَّ الْعَمَلُ مِنْ أَيَّامِ الْعَشْرِ» قِيلَ يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ؟ قَالَ «وَلَا الْجِهَادُ إِلَّا رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ فَلَا يَرْجِعُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ بِشَيْءٍ»  

tabarani:12327Aḥmad b. Dāwud al-Makkī > ʿAmr b. Marzūq > Shuʿbah > al-Aʿmash > Muslim al-Baṭīn > Saʿīd b. Jubayr > Ibn ʿAbbās

[Machine] Narrated by the Prophet, ﷺ , "There are no deeds during the ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah that are more beloved to Allah than performing Jihad in His cause, except for a man who goes out with his life and his wealth and does not return with anything from that."  

الطبراني:١٢٣٢٧حَدَّثَنَا أَحْمَدُ بْنُ دَاوُدَ الْمَكِّيُّ ثنا عَمْرُو بْنُ مَرْزُوقٍ أنا شُعْبَةُ عَنِ الْأَعْمَشِ عَنْ مُسْلِمٍ الْبَطِينِ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ﷺ قَالَ «مَا الْعَمَلُ فِي أَيَّامٍ أَفْضَلُ مِنْهُ فِي عَشْرِ ذِي الْحِجَّةِ» قَالُوا يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ قَالَ «وَلَا الْجِهَادُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللهِ إِلَّا أَنْ يَخْرُجَ رَجُلٌ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ ثُمَّ لَا يَرْجِعُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ بِشَيْءٍ»  

tabarani:12436Saʿīd b. ʿAbd al-Raḥman al-Tustarī > Banān b. Muḥammad al-Daqqāq > al-Ḥasan b. ʿAṭiyyah > Qays b. al-Rabīʿ > Abū Isḥāq > Saʿīd b. Jubayr > Ibn ʿAbbās

[Machine] The Messenger of Allah, ﷺ , said, "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." It was said, "Not even Jihad, O Messenger of Allah?" He said, "Not even Jihad, except for a man who goes out with himself and his wealth and does not return with anything."  

الطبراني:١٢٤٣٦حَدَّثَنَا سَعِيدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ التُّسْتَرِيُّ ثنا بَنَانُ بْنُ مُحَمَّدَ الدَّقَّاقُ ثنا الْحَسَنُ بْنُ عَطِيَّةَ ثنا قَيْسُ بْنُ الرَّبِيعِ عَنْ أَبِي إِسْحَاقَ عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ جُبَيْرٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ ؓ قَالَ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ ﷺ «مَا مِنْ أَيَّامٍ يُتَقَرَّبُ إِلَى اللهِ فِيهَا بِعَمَلٍ أَفْضَلَ مِنْ هَذِهِ الْأَيَّامِ الْعَشْرِ» قِيلَ وَلَا الْجِهَادُ؟ قَالَ «وَلَا الْجِهَادُ إِلَّا أَنْ يُجَاهِدَ هُوَ بِنَفْسِهِ وَمَالِهِ وَلَا يَرْجِعُ مِنْهُ بِشَيْءٍ»  

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السيوطي:١٨٥٠٩a

"مَا الْعَمَلُ في أيَّامٍ أَفْضَلُ مِنْهُ في عَشْرِ ذِي الْحِجَّةِ، قَالُوا: ولا الجِهَادُ في سَبِيلِ اللهِ؟ قال: ولا الْجِهَادُ في سَبِيلِ اللهِ إلا رَجُلٌ خَرجَ يُخَاطِرُ نَفْسَهُ وَمَالهُ، فَلَمْ يَرْجِعْ بِشَيْءٍ".  

[ط] الطيالسي [خ] البخاري [د] أبو داود [ت] الترمذي عن ابن عباس
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السيوطي:١٩٢٧٢a

"مَا منْ أَيَّامٍ أَفْضَلُ فيهِنَّ العَمَلُ مِنْ هَذه العشْرِ، قَالُوا: يَا رَسُول الله، وَلا الجِهَادُ؟ قَال: وَلا الجهَادُ إِلا أَنْ يَخْرجُ رَجُلٌ بِنَفْسه وَمَاله في سَبِيل الله، ثُمَّ يكونَ مهجةُ نفسه فيه".  

[طب] الطبرانى في الكبير عن ابن عمرو
suyuti:423-73bʿAbdullāh b. ʿAmr
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السيوطي:٤٢٣-٧٣b

"عَنْ عَبْدِ الله بْن عَمْرٍو، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسولُ الله ﷺ مَا منْ عَمَلٍ أفْضَل منْ عَمَلٍ فِى هَذه الأيام العَشْرِ، قَالُوا: وَلاَ الجِهَادُ؟ قَالَ وَلاَ الجِهَادُ، إِلاَّ رَجُلٌ خَرَجَ بمَالهِ وَنَفْسه فَلَمْ يَرْجعْ بِشَىْءٍ مِنْهُ بِشَئٍ".  

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