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10 Points on the Day of ‘Arafah


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10 Points on the Day of ‘Arafah


The day of ‘Arafah is the most important day for a Haji. Whilst only a select few of the Ummah are chosen by Allah Ta’ala to physically be on the plains of ‘Arafat on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, there are several virtues and deeds mentioned regarding the day of ‘Arafah which apply to those afar as well. Hereunder are ten of them.


The Virtue of the Day   


1. The day of ‘Arafah is one of the best days of the year,

Sayyidna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) says:


“The day of ‘Arafah equals 10 000 days in virtue”!


(At-Targheeb, vol. 2 pg.200 &  Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.460)



2.   “On the day of Arafah, Allah frees even those who are not physically in Arafah. Therefore the next day is Eid for all”

(Ibn Rajab -rahimahullah in Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.482)



3.    The Day of ‘Arafah has also been labelled as “Yawmul Eid” by Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu’anhu) as its the day in which Allah Ta’ala announced the perfection of Islam.

(Sahih Bukhari)



Deeds for this Day


4.     DO on the Day of ‘Arafah:

1. Fast

2. Recite kalimah shahadah a lot

3. Excessive Du’a

4. Sadaqah


5.      DON’T:

1. Persist on Sin (i.e, make tawbah -repent- from all sins)

2. Be arrogant


These 2 types of people are deprived on this blessed day.

(Ibn Rajab -rahimahullah- in Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.494)


6.     Zikr on the Day of ‘Arafah

Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihiwasallam) would recite the following abundantly on the day of Arafah:


Lailaha illallahu Wahdahu lasharika lahu lahulMulku walahulHamdu biyadihilKhairu wahuwa ‘ala kulli shai-inQadir

(Musnad Ahmad; see Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.3 pg.252)


كان أكثر دعاء النبي عليه السلام يوم عرفة
لاإلٰه إلا الله وحده لا شريك له، له الملك وله الحمد بيده الخير وهو على كل شئ قدير
-أحمد والترمذي


7.      Sayyiduna ‘Ali’s (radiyallahu’anhu) dua on the Day of ‘Arafah

Allahumma a’tiq raqabati minanar wa awsi’li minar Rizqil Halal,wasrif ‘anni fasaqatil Jinni wal ins


Translation: O Allah! Free me from the fire, increase my lawful sustenance, and keep away the transgressive Jin and humans from me.

(Ibn Abi Dunya, see Lataiful Ma’arif, pg.494)


:دعاء سيدنا علي رضي الله عنه يوم عرفة
اللهم أعتق رقبتي من النار، وأَوسِعْ لِيْ مِنَ الرّزقِ الحلال، وَاصْرِفْ عني فَسَقة الجن والإنس
-ابن أبي الدنيا


8.    Fasting on the day of Arafah will expiate the sins of the past and future year.”

(Sahih Muslim)



9.    Rasulullah sallallahu’alaihiwasallam said:

“He who protects his ears, eyes & tongue on this day (Day of ‘Arafah) will be forgiven”

(Musnad Ahmad with a reliable chain, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.3 pg.251)



Shaytan’s Humiliation


10.     The day of ‘Arafah is the day when Shaytan is most humiliated (due to Allah’s extensive forgiveness)

(Muwatta Imam Malik, Musnad Ahmad & Ibn Majah, hadith:3013)




All of the above will have real significance to us if we implement it and not just share it.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us all the tawfeeq (ability) to practice on all the above and may He bless us with repeated opportunities of physically being on the plains of ‘Arafat.


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The plain of Arafaat is located approximately 17km east of Makkah on the road to Taa’if. After leaving Jannah, it was here that Hadhrat Aadam (AS) first met up with his wife Hadhrat Hawwa (AS) and recognised her. It is for this reason that the place is called Arafaat. It was here that Hadhrat Jibra'eel (AS) taught Hadhrat Ibraheem (AS) the rites of Hajj and it was here that the Sahabah (RA) were given the good news that the Deen had been perfected. It was also here that Rasulullaah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) mounted his camel and delivered the historical sermon during the Farewell Hajj, in which he put an end to all customs of the Period of Ignorance and emphasised human rights. It will also be here that people will be resurrected on the Day of Qiyaamah and required to account for their actions. It is here on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah every year that the Haajis gather to fulfil the fundamental requisite of the Hajj. This is referred to as the Wuqoof of Arafaat, which starts from Zawaal and lasts until sunset and is Fardh (obligatory).



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Imām ibn Rajab Al Ḥanbali رحمه الله recorded in his Kitāb Latāif al Ma'arif that

'Abdullāh ibn Mubārak رحمه الله visited Imām Sufyān ath-Thawrī رحمه الله on the evening of the day of Arafah and he found him crying
He asked him: Who is the greatest loser on this day? Sufyān replied: "The one who thinks Allāh shall not forgive him!"

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