The Importance of the Day of Arafah
The day of Arafah (or Arafat) is the greatest day of the entire year in the Islamic calendar. This day is the perfect opportunity to ask for forgiveness for our past sins and earn amazing rewards for our good deeds.
The day of Arafah is:
• The day the Prophet Muhammad (saw) gave his farewell sermon.
• It’s the day that Islam was perfected as a religion.
• It’s a day that Allah swore by, and He only swears by Great things
• It’s when Allah will descend to the skies so he can look down on the millions of Hajj pilgrims on Mount Arafah and offer them divine forgiveness.
• The time when millions of Muslims from all over the world will fast to cleanse themselves of the sins of the previous and coming years
"Fasting on the day of Arafah expiates the sins from the past and coming years." [Muslim]
Where is Mount Arafah?
Mount Arafah is a historic site in Islam, situated on a plain of land around 20km southeast of the holy city of Mecca. The mount itself is a granite hill, 230ft tall and also known as the ‘Mount of Mercy’ or Jabal al-Rahmah.
Mount Arafah is where the Prophet Muhammad (saw) gave his Farewell Sermon to the fellow Muslims who had accompanied him on the Hajj pilgrimage in his later years.
What do pilgrims do on the day of Arafah?
If you’re going to perform Hajj, the second day of rituals will be all about Mount Arafah.
At dawn, around four million Muslims will make the journey from Mecca to the nearby hillside of Mount Arafah on the Plain of Arafah. From dawn until sunset, pilgrims will stand in sincere devotion, opening their hearts to Allah and praying for His mercy. This supplication must be completely sincere to invoke Allah’s forgiveness.
Many pilgrims will shed tears as they recite prayers and offer up heartfelt duas. All pilgrims are in a state of Ihram (purity) and their identical white clothing puts them on an equal footing before Allah.
What should I do on the day of Arafah?
If you’re not making the sacred Hajj pilgrimage this year, don’t worry! There are plenty of other ways you can earn the forgiveness of Allah without travelling to the Mount of Arafah.
On the Day of Arafah, it’s highly recommended that you:
• Fast from sun up to sunset
• Recite du’as as much as possible, and ask for forgiveness for your sins over the past year and the year to come. This sacred day should be spent in worship and supplication.
“The best of du’a’ is du’a’ on the day of ‘Arafah, and the best that I and the Prophets before me said is ‘Laailaaha ill-Allaahwahdahu la shareekalah, lahu’l-mulkwalahu’l-hamdwahuwa ‘alakullishay’inqadeer (There is no god but Allah alone, with no partner or associate; His is the dominion, to Him be praise, and He has power over all things).” [al-Tirmidhi]
• Glorify Allah in all your actions, so ensure that you don’t indulge in bad habits or unkind behaviour.
• Give generously to charity and go out of your way to help others.
• Read the Qur’an and reflect over its translation.
• Honour your parents by spending time with them, listening to their opinions and serving them in any way you can.
Spiritual rewards for all of these actions are multiplied many times over, so this is the perfect time to gain the amazing blessings and mercy of Allah (swt).
‘Aa’isha (ra), narrated that the Prophet (saw) said: “There is no day on which Allah sets free more slaves from Hell than the day of ‘Arafah. He draws near and then boasts of them to the angels, saying, ‘What do these [slaves] want [that I may give them]?’” [Muslim]
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We hope this article has given you an insight to the blessed day of Arafah and its benefits. We pray that Allah (swt) allows us to make the most out of this important day and accepts all of our worship and charity.