Things to Do on the Day of Arafah
Here are some special things that we especially need to do in addition to our normal day’s Islamic activity such as offering five time prayers, reciting the glorious Qur’an etc.
According to authentic hadeeth ‘Hajj is Arafah’. Therefore, the Day of Arafah is of great importance and significance. We need to at least take care of the following things on the Day of Arafah, Inshaa’Allah:
1. Fasting on the Day of Arafah:
Fasting is highly encouraged and recommended for those not going on hajj.
According to an authentic hadeeth: “Fasting on the Day of Arafah may atone for the sins of the preceding and the coming year”. (Sins here means ‘minor sins’)
Read some related hadeeth from here, Inshaa’Allah.
2. DU’AA OF ARAFAH: Saying this du’aa very often:
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:
أَفْضَلُ الدُّعَاءِ دُعَاءُ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ وَأَفْضَلُ مَا قُلْتُ أَنَا وَالنَّبِيُّونَ مِنْ قَبْلِي
لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ
لَهُ المُلكُ ، وَ لَهُ الحَمدُ ، وَ هُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيءٍ قَدِيرٌ
“The most excellent du’aa is the du’aa on the Day of Arafah, and the best of what I and the prophets before me have said is: “There is nothing that deserves to be worshiped in truth except Allaah, He is Alone and has no partner, to Him belongs the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is All-Powerful over all things.’” Refer this
Those who don’t know to read Arabic, refer to the transliteration here or audio here & also read The Du’aa of Arafah IS the Essence of Islam
3. Don’t forget the Tahleel, Takbeer, Tahmeed and Tasbeeh:
We need to say these great adhkaar as many times as possible by us on the day of Arafah, and also on the days of Tashreeq (11, 12 and 13th of Dhul Hijjah) Inshaa’Allah.
Takbeer is to proclaim the greatness of Allah by saying Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great!)
Tahmeed is to praise Allah by saying Alhamdulillah (All Praise belongs to Allah)
Tahleel is to declare the oneness of Allah by saying La ilaaha il-lal-laah (There is none worthy of worship except Allah)
Tasbeeh is to glorify Allah by saying Subhanallah (Glory be to Allah)
During the occasion of Dhul Hijjah and Eid, it is sunnah to say the Takbeer in its extended format which is as follows:
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, laa ilaaha il-lal-laahu Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa Lillaahil-hamd
Allah is Great! Allah is Great! Allah is Great! There is none worthy of worship and obedience except Allah. Allah is Great! Allah is Great! And all Praise belongs to Him alone!
4. Seek forgiveness from Almighty Allah:
The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said:
“On this day, Allah, the most Exalted, descends to the nearest heaven, and He is proud of His servants on the earth and says to those in heavens, look at My servants, they have come from far and near, with hair disheveled and faces covered with dust, to seek my Mercy. Even if their sins are as much the sand or the froth of the sea, I shall forgive them.”
Even though we encouraged to say Sayyidul Istighfaar twice every morning and evening (on a daily basis) we must make it a point to say this Istighfaar more often and more seriously on this special day, InshaaAllah.
And also, we must make it a point to attend this grand banquet so that we can grab the opportunity of a life-time!
5. Get Inspired from the Revolutionary Statement, “Hasbunallaahu Wa Ni’mal Wakeel”,uttered by Prophet Ibraheem, the founding father of Hajj:
Take time to read this inspirational post InshaaAllah
6. Take Time to Appreciate Islam:
Are you grateful for the Islam you have?
In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said:“This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [al-Maa’idah 5:3]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”
We thank Allah for many things. Food, water, health, wealth, livelihood etc. Have you ever thanked Allah for blessing you with the treasure called Islam?
Do we ever know its value? Have we ever considered it to be a treasure even?
What effort you – and I – have taken to understand Islam, the religion we proudly profess in?
Addressing these questions to oneself on the Day of Arafah would be the real message of Arafah we would ever give to ourselves. If only we know!
May Allah give us the Tawfeeq and Hidayah to reap the blessings of Arafah to the utmost of our capacity. Aameen. May Allah accept our humble deeds and forgive us of our sins. Aameen.
Please read Excellence of the Day of Arafah
& “Then He will Not Neglect us” (inspirational)
Visit Amazing Resources on Eid, Sacrifice etc. InshaaAllah
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