Day of Arafah
Dear brothers and sisters,
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatu Allah
Tomorrow (Monday, July 19 | 9th Thul-Hijjah) is the day of Arafah, and I would like to remind myself and everyone about some of its virtues:
- It is the day on which Allah perfected the religion and completed His Bounty. Allah swore an oath by that day. “By the witnessing day [Friday] and by the witnessed day [Day of Arafah].” Surah Al-Burooj (85:3).
- Fasting on this day is an expiation for two years. Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah, and he said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” Sahih Muslim.
- Special takbir starts after Fajr of the Day of Arafah and lasts until Asr of the 13th of Thul-Hijjah. The sunnah is to say after each mandatory prayer the following takbir multiple times: “Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, la ilaha ill-Allah, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, wa lillahi’l-hamd” (Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, there is no god but Allah, Allah is Most Great, Allah is Most Great, and to Allah be praise).
- It is the day of forgiveness of sins and freedom from the Fire. Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said: “Allah expresses His pride to His angels at the time of ‘Ishaa’ on the Day of ‘Arafaah, about the people of ‘Arafaah. He says, ‘Look at My servants who have come unkempt and dusty.’” Musnad Ahmad
May Allah enable us to leverage that day and accept from all of us. Ameen.
PGMA Religious Director