For the pilgrims who are in Makkah, the 9th of Dhul Hijjah marks the day of standing in the plains of Arafah from sunrise until sunset. For the one who witnesses this day, for him/her is forgiveness and mercy from Allah. As for the one who misses the standing of Arafah, then he has missed Hajj as the prophet (sallaahu alaihi wasalam) said:
“The Hajj is Arafah”
This short statement signifies the importance of the day of Arafah, a day that should be spent in supplication and devotion. It is a day to seek out Allah’s forgiveness and mercy. It is a day to in which you stand to remember that Islam is the greatest blessing you have. All the hujaaj gather together on Arafah and it is said that there is no day in which Allah frees more people from the Fire than the Day of Arafah.
‘Aa’isha (radiyallahu anhaa) said, that the Prophet (salallaahu alaihi wasalam) 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?’ (Muslim)
As for those of us who are not participating in the pilgrimage, we spend the day fasting, supplicating and remembering Allah. Fasting on this day expiates sins of the previous year and of the coming year. The day of Arafah is the best day of the year and we should treat it as such. What should one do for the best day of the year? They should prepare to have a productive day inshaAllah!
We ask Allah to accept our worship and good deeds and to forgive our sins and shortcomings in these blessed 10 days. We ask Allah to grant the pilgrims an accepted Hajj, and to grant them a safe return.
We would also like to take this time to wish you all blessed Eid-
The PDF version of the Virtues of the Day of Arafah info-graphic (link) There is a spellings mistake that needs correcting Insha aallah.
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