The Day of Arafah, ninth day of Dhul Hajj month, is the day of forgiveness for the pilgrims, who are present this day at Arafa, as well as for those who fast the Day of Arafa the world over. This fasting is mustahab (recommended) for those who are not on Hajj. In the case of the one who is on Hajj, it is not Sunnah for him or her to fast on this day, because the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) did not fast on this day when in Arafa. In fact, it is narrated that he forbade fasting on the Day of Arafa when in Arafa. The Hajis presence in Arafa is itself very pleasing to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Regarding them, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says to His angels, “Look at my slaves, how dishevelled and dusty they came to me, I do call you as witnesses upon me that I forgive them (their bad deeds).” [Ahmad]

Hadith related to the importance of the day of Arafah in the month of Dhul-Hijjah :

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the Day of Arafa. He said, “It expiates the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” [Sahih Muslim]

The Prophet of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “On this day (of Arafa) whomsoever holds his hearing, sight, and tongue (from committing sins), he will be forgiven by Allah.” [Ahmad] Muslims should say the Tahlil (La ilaha il Allah), Tasbeeh (Subhanallah) and Takbeer (Allahu Akbar). It is also recommended to do as much dua (supplication) as possible on this day, since “there is no other day on which Allah frees a larger number of His slaves from the Fire of Hell than the Day of Arafah.” [Sahih Muslim]

importance of day of Arafah

importance of day of Arafah

best 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

best 10 days of Dhul Hijjah

Al-Bukhari narrated from Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “There are not any days in which righteous deeds done in them are more beloved to Allah than these days, i.e. the ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah). They said: O, Messenger of Allah, not even Jihad in the path of Allah? He said: Not even Jihad in the path of Allah Most High, except if a man goes out (for Jihad) with his self and his wealth, then he doesn’t return with anything from that.”

Imam Ahmad narrated from Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with him), from the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) that he said: “There aren’t any days greater, nor any days in which deeds done in them are more beloved to Allah Most High, than these ten days (of Dhul-Hijjah). So, increase in them the saying of Tahleel (Laa-ilaaha-ill-Allah), and Takbeer (Allahu-Akbar) and Tahmeed (al-hamdu-lillaah).”

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The best supplication is on the day of Arafa, and the best remembrance that I and the prophets before me (made) is: “There is no god but Allah, the only true God, who has no partner. To Him belongs the kingdom (of the universe) and to Him all praises are due. And He has the power to do every thing.” [la ilaha ila Allah wahdahu la sharika lah, lahu al-mulk wa lahu al-hamd, wa huwa `ala kulli shay’in qadir][Tirmidhi]

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