The Day of Arafah is SUCH a special time for the Muslims. It occurs in the 12th month of the
Islamic calendar Dhul Hijjah on the 9th day.
Many may not know the significance of this day but here are some facts about the Day of Arafah and why you need to make the most of this blessed day.
Hajj is Arafah (Abu Dawud)
Mabrook to the Hajjis (those performing Hajj). Without Arafah, there is no Hajj. It’s that important. Hajjis will be making their way from Mina to Mount Arafah where they will make dua for Allah’s forgiveness and for the rest of the Ummah. This is one of the reasons Mount Arafah is also known as the “Mountain of Mercy” (Jabal ar-Rahman).
This religion is so beautiful that people are making dua for you right now and you’ve never met them. They’re praying to Allah for your good health and fortune. Alhamdulillah for your brothers and sisters in Islam.
2. The Prophet’s (saw) Last Sermon
“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” (Surah al Maa’idah 5:3)
It was on the Day of Arafah, during the Prophet’s (saw) last Hajj that he gave his final sermon. Not only was he addressing the Ummah at the time, it is a lifelong reminder for us all. The Prophet (saw) warned us about:
- The plan of shaytaan
- Rights with regards to women
- Salah (prayer)
- Racism and many other things
The above ayah was revealed on the Day of Arafah as confirmation that the Prophet (saw) had completed our religion for us. Nothing more can be added and nothing should be taken away. For over 1,400 years, Islam has been a perfect way of life and that will never change.
3. A time for fasting
If you are not performing the Hajj pilgrimage, it is the sunnah of the Prophet (saw) to fast on this day.
“It expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year.” (Muslim)
Fasting isn’t just for Ramadan and this is a fast we definitely cannot miss (for those that are able to)!
4. Dua of Arafah
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:
“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 Allaah, 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)
(‘Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu la shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer )
5. Tahleel, Takbeer, Tahmeed and Tasbeeh
It is the sunnah of our Beloved Prophet (saw) to recite tahleel, takbeer, tahmeed and tasbeeh on the Day of Arafah. It’s great to do dhikr (remembrance) of Allah all the time but especially on this day.
Tahleel is to say “Laa ilaaha il-lal-laah”
Takbeer is to say “Allahu Akbar”
Tahmeed is to say “Alhamdulillaah”
Tasbeeh is to say “Subhanallaah”.
6. Ask for forgiveness
‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no day on which Allaah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of ‘Arafaah. He comes close and expresses His pride to the angels, saying, ‘What do these people want?’”
At no time can we ever be in a position to not need the forgiveness of Allah. We should be in a constant state of istighfar (forgiveness) knowing that it is only by His will that we will be free from the fire. We don’t know what our final destination will be after our accounting has occurred on the Day of Judgement. We pray for and rely on the mercy of Allah that is isn’t the hellfire but we also have to do our part. We have to perform the necessary good deeds, fasting and remembrance so that we have something to show Allah on the Day of Judgement.
There’s soo much more I could write about the Day of Arafah but these are the essential need to knows.
How are you making this Arafah special? Write it in the comments below.