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[٨:٤٣ ա ٢٠٢١/٧/١٩] ⁦+92 347 7535597⁩: The significance of the blessed day of Arafah, By Murtadha Gusau
ByPremium Times July 16, 2021

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, and may His blessings and peace be upon the Messenger after whom there are no Messengers.

Dear brothers and sisters! Know that the ninth day of the month of Dhul-Hijjah is the Day of Arafah, since it is on this day the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. In fact, one Prophetic Hadith says that:

Hajj is Arafah. [Abu Dawud]

This means Arafah is the sum and substance of Hajj. The day of Arafah is also significant because this amazing Quranic verse was revealed on this day:

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]

Arafah was the day on which Allah perfected His religion, completed His favours upon His beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), and approved Islam as a way of life. Imam Ibn Kathir in his tafsir (Quran exegesis) says:

Imam Ahmad recorded that Tariq Bin Shihab said, A Jewish man said to Umar Bin Al-Khattab, O Leader of the Believers! There is a verse in your Book, which is read by all of you (Muslims), and had it been revealed to us, we would have taken that day (on which it was revealed) as a day of celebration. Umar Bin Al-Khattab asked, Which is that verse? The Jew replied:

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

Umar replied, By Allah! I know when and where this verse was revealed to Allahs Messenger. It was the evening on the Day of Arafah on a Friday.

The day of Arafah is also significant because Allah swore by this day in Quran, in Surah al-Buruj. It is known that Allah Almighty swears by nothing except that which is great and mighty, so the Day of Arafah is greatly significant:

By the sky containing great stars. And [by] the promised Day. And [by] the witness and what is witnessed. [Quran, 85: 1-3]


It was reported from Abu Hurairah (RA) that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:

The promised day is the Day of Resurrection, the witnessed day is the Day of Arafah, and the witnessing day is Friday. [Tirmidhi]

It is a recommended Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day since the Prophet (Peace be upon him) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah, so he said:

It expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year. [Muslim]

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) also said:

There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on Arafah), and then He reveals before His Angels saying, What are these people seeking. [Muslim]

Respected servants of Allah! Arafah falls on the 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah. For those wondering when is 9th Dhul-Hijjah? It is expected to fall on coming Monday, July 19, although this is subject to the sighting of the moon of the country.

Things to Do on the Day of Arafah

1. Fasting on the Day of Arafah: Fasting is highly encouraged and recommended for those not going on Hajj.

Fasting on the Day of Arafah expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year. [Muslim]

2. Dua of Arafah: Saying this Dua very often:

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said of the Day of Arafah Dua:

The most excellent Dua is the Dua on the Day of Arafah, and the best of what I and the Prophets before me have said, is There is nothing that deserves to be worshiped in truth except Allah, He is Alone and has no partner, to Him belongs the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is All-Powerful over all things.' [Muwatta]

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3. Making much of Tahlil, Takbir, Tahmid and Tasbih:

It is a Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to recite the Tahlil, Takbir and Tahmid as many times as possible on the day of Arafah, and also on the days of Tashriq (11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah).

Tahlil is to say La ilaha illal-lah

Takbir is to say Allahu Akbar

Tahmid is to say Alhamdulillah

Tasbih is to say Subhanallah.

4. Seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah:

The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said:

On this day (Arafah), Allah, the most Exalted, descends to the nearest heaven, and He is proud of His servants on the earth and says to those in heavens, look at My servants, they have come from far and near, with hair disheveled and faces covered with dust, to seek my Mercy. Even if their sins are as much as the sand or the froth of the sea, I shall forgive them.

Dear brothers and sisters! The day of Arafah is among the most virtuous days. On that day, supplications are answered, sins are forgiven, and Allah boasts to the angels of the people of Arafah. It is a day that Allah granted a great value to and favoured over other days. It is the day of perfecting the religion and completing the favour and the day of forgiveness of sins and salvation from Hellfire.

You should know the virtues of this day, how Allah favoured it over other days and the guidance of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) therein. I ask Allah to save us from Hellfire on that great day. Ameen.

My beloved people! In sum, the day of Arafah is among the holiest times of the year in Islam. It commemorates the finality of revelation and the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage. We should increase our good deeds, prayers, and supplications during this time. If we are not present at Arafah, it is best to fast the day in remembrance. If we are on the plain of Arafah, it is best to save our strength for worship.

My Dear brothers and sisters! As the Hajj season approaches, let us also consider the story of Prophet Ibrahim, his wife Hajarah and their son Ismail (May Allah send peace and blessings on them). This amazing family left us a great legacy that has become the foundation of the Hajj. Their story is relevant for all Muslims, for all times, and theres a particular resonance for us today, as we shall see

Prophet Ibrahims father was a devout mushrik, an idol worshipper. Despite all his sons efforts, the father adamantly refused to stop worshipping idols. When he died he was still in denial of Allah. Prophet Ibrahim, the Khalil (Friend of Allah), the quintessential monotheist, the Patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, could not save his father. We, too, must accept that we have no real power to influence others, not even our own parents, to accept Islam. Allah chooses to guide whom He pleases.

Anyone who is guided by Allah, he is truly guided; and anyone who has been left astray, will find no one to guide him. [Quran, 18:17]

May Allah continue to guide us, accept our good deeds and forgive our shortcomings.
[٨:٤٣ ա ٢٠٢١/٧/١٩] ⁦+92 347 7535597⁩: 09 Dhul Hijjah 1442
19 July 2021
Monday

Sayyiduna Abu Qataadah reports that a Sahaabi once asked Rasulullah ,

O Rasulullah, what is the reward of the person who fasts on the day of Aashuraa(10th Muharram)?
Nabi replied, It carries the reward of fasting for an entire year.

The Sahaabi then asked, What is the reward of fasting on the day of Arafah(09 Dhul Hijjah) ?
Nabi replied, It expiates the (minor) sins of the present year and the previous year.