Alhamdulillah, Allah is truly worthy of all praise and thanks. He, SWT has given us so many blessings, so much so that we are even unable to count them all Subhan’Allah!
One of these His great blessings is that he guided us to Islam and to perform good deeds. Of the many good deeds and actions in Islam is to perform the Hajj (pilgrimage) and for all the Muslims that are not present in the pilgrimage, we can still gain an amazing amount of good by fasting on the day of Arafah.
Firstly, What is the day of Arafah?
It is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day after Arafah is Eid ul-Adha. At dawn of this day, Muslim Hujaaj (pilgrims) will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafat and the Plain of Arafah. It was from this site our Prophet Muhammad gave one of his last famous Khutba’s (sermons) in the final year of his life.
The pilgrims spend the whole day standing and making Dua here, all seeking Allah’s forgiveness and mercy.
There is no day better in the sight of Allah than the Day of Arafah. On this day Allah descends to the nearest heaven in a manner that suits His Majesty, and He is proud of His slaves on the earth and says to those in heaven,
Allah SWT says: “Look at My servants. They have come from far and near, with hair disheveled and faces covered with dust, to seek My mercy, even though they have not seen My chastisement. Far more people are freed from the Hellfire on the Day of Arafah than on any other day.” [Ibn Hibban]
Fasting the day of Arafah
Our Beloved Prophet SWS highly encouraged all those who are not pilgrims to fast on the day of Arafah.
The Prophet SWS says: “Be content with the fact that Allah will expiate for your sins for a whole year before the day of Arafat and the year after the day of Arafah”
The day of Arafah will be on Sunday the 11th of September this year (2016). So let’s all try our best to fast tomorrow insha’Allah!
(Please also remind your friends and family to fast the Day of Arafah)
May Allah SWT accept our fasting and forgive our sins. Ameen