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Day of Arafat or Yawm Al Arafa


BLESS DAY : 9th of DHUL-HIJJA




Arafat is the day on which Allah took the covenant from the progeny of 

Adam (alaihis-salaam), it was reported that Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu 

anhu) 

narrated: “The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) 

related: “(When Allah created Adam (alaihis-salaam) Allah took covenant 

from him in a place Na'maan on the day of Arafat, then He extracted 

from 

him all the descendants who would be born until the end of the world, 

generation after generation, and spread them out in front of Him in order 

to take a covenant from them also. He spoke to them face to face saying: 

“Am I not your Lord?” and they all replied: “Yes, we testify to it.” Allah 

then explained why He had all of mankind bear witness that He was their 

Creator and only true God worthy of worship. He said: “That was in case 

you (mankind) should say on the Day of Resurrection, 'Surely, we were 


unaware of this. We had no idea that You, Allah, were our Lord. No one 

told us that we were only supposed to worship You.” …” [(Saheeh) by 

Shaikh al-Albanee in Silsilah al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah vol: 4, no: 1623] 





Indeed, the day of Arafat is a blessed day and there is no other covenant 

greater than this covenant!





Arafat is a day of Forgiveness from sins, freedom from the Hell-Fire for 



the people who are present in the plain of Arafat. Aa'ishah (radhi allahu 



anha) narrated the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) 


saying: “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire 

than the day of Arafat. He comes close and expresses His pride to the 

angels saying, 'What do these people (the Hajis) want?'” [Saheeh 

Muslim]



This Haadeeth mentions forgiveness for the pilgrims. In addition to this, fasting on the day of Arafat is a Sunnah and an expiation of sins for the residents.


The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are marked blessed for both, the pilgrims 

and the non-pilgrims. Rewards of good deeds are multiplied in these 

days. 




Imaam Ibn Qayyim (rahimahullah) (d. 751H) said: “Indeed, its days are 

the most excellent of all the days with Allah. It has been confirmed in 

Saheeh al-Bukharee from Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) that the 

Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “No deeds are more 

virtuous than deeds on these days.” The companions asked: 'Not even 

Jihad (fighting in Allah's Cause)?' He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) 

replied: “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out 

risking himself and his wealth for the sake of Allah, and does not come 

back with anything.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee vol: 2, no: 457] And it is these 

ten days, of which Allah takes an oath saying: “By the dawn; by the ten 

nights.” [Soorah al-Fajr (89): 1-2] This is why it is recommended to 

increase in making Takbeer, Tahlil and Tamhid during these days.” [Zaad 

al-Ma'aad vol: 1, pp: 56]




Yawm al-Arafat: The 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of Arafat. It is this 



day when the pilgrims gather on the mountain plain of Arafat, praying and 



supplicating to their Lord.


The day of Arafat holds great importance in Islam since this is the Day 

when Allah completed his revelation on His Messenger (sallahu alaihe wa-

sallam). It is reported in the Saheehayn (i.e. Saheeh al-Bukharee and 

Saheeh Muslim), from Umar Ibn al-Khattab (radhi allahu anhu) that a 

Jewish man said to him: “O Ameer al-Mumineen (O head of the Muslims)! 

There is a verse in the Qur'aan, which if was revealed on us, the Jews, we 

would have taken that day as an Eid (festival).” Umar asked: “Which 

verse?” He said: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, 

completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your 

religion.” [Soorah al-Maidah (5): 3] Umar (radhi allahu anhu) said: “We 

know on which day and in which place was this verse revealed to Allah's 

Messenger (sallahu alaihe wa-sallam). It was when he was standing in 

Arafat on a Friday.”



Hunaydah ibn Khaalid reported from his wife that some of the wives of the 
Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “The Messenger of Allah 

(sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) used to fast on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, on 

the day of Aashoorah, on three days of each month, and on the first two 

Mondays and Thursdays of each month.” [(Saheeh) by Shaikh al-Albanee 

in Saheeh Abi Dawood vol: 2, no: 462]



It is reported in Saheeh Muslim that when the Messenger of Allah 

(sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) was asked about the fasting on the day of 

Arafat, he said: “It expiates the sins of the previous year and that of the 

following year.” [Saheeh Muslim] This fasting is Mustahabb only for the 

non-pilgrims and not for the Hajis (the pilgrims) because it was not the 

practice of Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) to fast on the 

day of Arafat during pilgrimage and in a narration he also forbade doing 

so. Imaam at-Tirmidhee (rahimahullah) (d. 275H) said: “The People of 

Knowledge consider it recommended (Mustahabb) to fast on the day of 

Arafat, except for those at Arafat." [Jaami'ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]








Hajj Pilgrimage


And pilgrimage to the House is incumbent upon men for the sake of Allah, 

(upon) every one who is able to undertake the journey to it;Holy Quran, 

(3:97)

 Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik


Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik. Labbaik, La Shareek Laka, Labbaik. Innal 

Hamdah, Wan Nematah, Laka wal Mulk, La Shareek Laka Labbaik.


Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here I am. Here I am at Thy service and 



Thou hast no partners. Thine alone is All Praise and All Bounty, and Thine 



alone is The Sovereignty. Thou hast no partners, here I am.



Al-RahMah Mountain in Arafaat durin Haj in Mecca-al-Mukarrama


Moun Arafaat which stands about 70 meters high, is a granite hill to the 

east of the Holy City of Makkah. It was on Mount Arafaat that Adam and 

Eve, separated for 200 years following their expulsion from the Garden of 

Eden, recognized each other and were reunited. Here too they were 

forgiven by Allah, the Merciful, for their transgression. And here, in 

present times, the pilgrim performing Hajj must spend an afternoon in a state of Ihraam.




Blessed of Dhul-Hijja Days



The month of Dhul-Hijjah is a season of worship, and seasons of worship 

bring along blessings, benefits and opportunities to correct one's faith and 

make up for shortcoming. Every one of these special opportunities 

involves some kind of worship, which brings the slave closer to his Lord. 

And Allah bestows His blessings and Favors on whom He wills. The 

fortunate person is he who makes good use of these special months, 

days, and hours, while worshiping Allah. He is most likely to be touched by 

the blessings of Allah. [Ibn Rajab, al-Lataa'if pp. 8]




The first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah are marked blessed for both, the pilgrims 


and the non-pilgrims. Rewards of good deeds are multiplied in these days. 

Imaam Ibn Qayyim (rahimahullah) (d. 751H) said: “Indeed, its days are 

the most excellent of all the days with Allah. It has been confirmed in 

Saheeh al-Bukharee from Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) that the 

Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “No deed are more 

virtuous than deeds on these days.”The companions asked: 'Not even 

Jihad (fighting in Allah's Cause)?' He (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) replied: 

“Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out risking 

himself and his wealth for the sake of Allah, and does not come back with 

anything.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee vol: 2, no: 457] And it is these ten days, 

of which Allah takes an oath saying: “By the dawn; by the ten 

nights.” [Soorah al-Fajr (89): 1-2] This is why it is recommended to 

increase in making Takbeer, Tahlil and Tamhid during these days.” [Zaad 

al-Ma'aad vol: 1, pp: 56]





Yawm al-Arafat: The 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of Arafat. It is this 

day when the pilgrims gather on the mountain plain of Arafat, praying and 

supplicating to their Lord.


The day of Arafat holds great importance in Islam since this is the Day 


when Allah completed his revelation on His Messenger (sallahu alaihe wa-


sallam). It is reported in the Saheehayn (i.e. Saheeh al-Bukharee and 

Saheeh Muslim), from Umar Ibn al-Khattab (radhi allahu anhu) that a 

Jewish man said to him: “O Ameer al-Mumineen (O head of the Muslims)! 

There is a verse in the Qur'aan, which if was revealed on us, the Jews, we 

would have taken that day as an Eid (festival).” Umar asked: “Which 

verse?” He said: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, 

completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your 

religion.” [Soorah al-Maidah (5): 3] Umar (radhi allahu anhu) said: “We 

know on which day and in which place was this verse revealed to Allah's 

Messenger (sallahu alaihe wa-sallam). It was when he was standing in 




Arafat on a Friday.”


Arafat is the day on which Allah took the covenant from the progeny of 

Adam (alaihis-salaam), it was reported that Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) 

narrated: “The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) 

related: “(When Allah created Adam (alaihis-salaam) Allah took covenant 

from him in a place Na'maan on the day of Arafat, then He extracted from 

him all the descendants who would be born until the end of the world, 

generation after generation, and spread them out in front of Him in order 

to take a covenant from them also. He spoke to them face to face saying: 

“Am I not your Lord?” and they all replied: “Yes, we testify to it.” Allah 

then explained why He had all of mankind bear witness that He was their 

Creator and only true God worthy of worship. He said: “That was in case 

you (mankind) should say on the Day of Resurrection, 'Surely, we were 

unaware of this. We had no idea that You, Allah, were our Lord. No one 

told us that we were only supposed to worship You.” …” [(Saheeh) by 

Shaikh al-Albanee in Silsilah al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah vol: 4, no: 1623] 



Indeed, the day of Arafat is a blessed day and there is no other covenant 

greater than this covenant!


Arafat is a day of Forgiveness from sins, freedom from the Hell-Fire for 

the people who are present in the plain of Arafat. Aa'ishah (radhi allahu 

anha) narrated the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) 

saying: “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire 

than the day of Arafat. He comes close and expresses His pride to the 


angels saying, 'What do these people (the Hajis) want?'” 

[Saheeh Muslim]



This Haadeeth mentions forgiveness for the pilgrims. In addition to this, 

fasting on the day of Arafat is a Sunnah and an expiation of sins for the 

residents.




Hunaydah ibn Khaalid reported from his wife that some of the wives of the 

Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “The Messenger of Allah 

(sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) used to fast on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, on 

the day of Aashoorah, on three days of each month, and on the first two 

Mondays and Thursdays of each month.” [(Saheeh) by Shaikh al-Albanee 

in Saheeh Abi Dawood vol: 2, no: 462]



It is reported in Saheeh Muslim that when the Messenger of Allah 

(sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) was asked about the fasting on the day of 

Arafat, he said: “It expiates the sins of the previous year and that of the 

following year.” [Saheeh Muslim] This fasting is Mustahabb only for the 

non-pilgrims and not for the Hajis (the pilgrims) because it was not the 

practice of Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) to fast on the 

day of Arafat during pilgrimage and in a narration he also forbade doing 

so. Imaam at-Tirmidhee (rahimahullah) (d. 275H) said: “The People of 

Knowledge consider it recommended (Mustahabb) to fast on the day of 

Arafat, except for those at Arafat." [Jaami'ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]




Yawm an-Nahr: The tenth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the greatest day of Hajj. It 

is known as Yawm an-Nahr (the day of Sacrifice), since it marks the 

ending of the major rite of Hajj - the Sacrifice. And it is on this day that the 

Muslims commemorate the bounties and blessings of Allah. It was 

recorded in a Hadeeth by Imaam Ahmad (in his Musnad vol: 4, no: 350) 

that the day of Nahr is the most virtuous day to Allah. The Messenger of 

Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “The greatest day of Hajj 

(Pilgrimage) is the Day of an-Nahr (Slaughtering).” [(Saheeh) by Shaikh 

al-Albanee in Irwa al-Ghaleel (no: 1101). Abu Dawood no: 1945]




Imaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728H) said: “The most excellent day of the 

week is the day of Jumuah (Friday), by the agreement of the Scholars. 

And the most excellent day of the year is the day of an-Nahr. Some of 

them said that it is the day of Arafat. However, the first opinion is the 

correct one, since it is related in the Sunan collections that the Prophet 

(sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “The most excellent days with Allah is 

the day of an-Nahr, then the day of al-Qarr (the day that the Muslims 

reside in Mina).” [(Saheeh) by Shaikh al-Albanee in Irwa al-Ghaleel (no: 

2018). Related by Abu Dawood no: 1765].” [Majmoo al-Fatawa vol: 25, 

pp. 288]




The day of An-Nahr is also known as 'Eid al-Adhaa' meaning the festival of 

Sacrifice and it is one of the two festivals which Allah has granted to the 

Ummah of Prophet (sallahu alaihe wa-sallam). Anas (radhi allahu anhu) 

narrated, “Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) came to Medina 

and the people of Medina in the days of Jahiliyyah had two days of play 

and amusement. So, Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) 

said: “I came to you and you had in Jahiliyyah, two days of play and 

amusement. Allah has replaced something better for you. The Day of an-

Nahr and the day of al-Fitr.” [(Saheeh) by Haafidh Ibn Hajr in Buloogh al-

Maraam. Related by Musnad Ahmad vol: 3, no: 103]




The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “The day of al-

Fitr, and the day of an-Nahr, and the days of at-Tashreeq (the three days 

after an-Nahr) are our days of Eid (festivity); and they are days of eating 

and drinking.”[(Saheeh) by Shaikh al-Albanee in Saheeh al-Jamee (no: 

8192). Related by Musnad Ahmad (no: 1945)]



Glorifying Allah with Takbeer: (Takbeer al-Muqayyid): From the day of 

Arafat until the Asr prayer of the 13th day of Dhul-Hijjah, one should 

make Takbeer after every obligatory Salaat. Ibn Abee Shaybah relates 

that Alee (radhi allahu anhu) used to make the Takbeer beginning after 

the Fajr prayer on the day of Arafat, until after the Asr prayer on the last 

day of at-Tashreeq.” [(Saheeh) by Shaikh al-Albanee in al-Irwa. Related 

by Ibn Abee Shaybah in al-Musannaf]




Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said: “The most correct 


saying concerning the Takbeer - that which the majority of the Salaf 

(Pious Predecessors), and the Scholars from the Companions and Imams 

were upon - is to begin making the Takbeer from Fajr (dawn) on the day 

of Arafat up until the last day of at-Tashreeq (the thirteenth of Dhul-

Hijjah), after every Prayer.” [Majmoo al-Fatawa (24/220)]



Imaam al-Khattaabee (rahimahullah) (d. 456H) said: "The wisdom behind 


saying the Takbeer in these days is that in the times of Jahiliyyah (pre-

Islamic ignorance), they used to slaughter for their Taaghoots (false 

objects of worship). So the Takbeers were prescribed in order to indicate 

that the act of slaughtering is directed to Allah alone, and by mentioning 

only His Name.” [Fath al-Baree]




As regards to the actual wording of the Takbeers, then nothing authentic 

has been related from the Messenger of Allah. However, the following 

have been reported from the Sahabah:




1. Ibn Mas'ood (radiyallahu anhuma): “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La 

ilaha illa Allah, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahil-Hamd.” [(Saheeh) 

Irwaa al-Ghaleel (650), Daraqutne, Ibn Shaibah] (Allah is the Greatest, 

Allah is the Greatest, There is none worthy of worship except Allah. Allah 

is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest and to Allah belongs all praises)



2. Ibn Abbas (radiyallahu anhuma): “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu 

Akbar wa lillahil-Hamd; Allahu Akbar wa-ajal, Allahu akbaru ala 

mahadana.” [(saheeh) - Bayhaqee (3/315)] (Allah is the Greatest, Allah 

is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest and to Allah belongs all praises. Allah 

is the Greatest to that which He has guided us to)




3. Salman (radhi allahu anhu) : “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar 

kabeera.” [(saheeh) - Bayhaqee (3/316)] (Allah is the Greatest, Allah is 

the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest)


“Increase in these days you Tahlil, Takbeer and Tamhid.” (Takbeer al-

Mutlaq)



“...And mention the name of Allah on the appointed Days...” [Soorah al-

Hajj (22): 28] This verse has been explained (by some) to mean the ten 

days of Dhul-Hijjah. Scholars consider it desirable to increase Dhikr 

(remembrance of Allah) in these days, because the Messenger of Allah 

(sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) is reported to have said: “There are no days 

that are greater to Allah or in which deeds are more beloved to Him than 

these ten days, so increase your Tahlil, Takbeer and Tamhid during these 

days.” [Musnad Ahmad] Tahlil, Takbeer and Tamhid mean saying 'La 
ilaha 


Ishaaq narrates from the scholars of the Taabi'een that in these ten days 

they used to say: Allahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar; Laa-ilaaha-ill-Allah; 

waAllahu-Akbar, Allahu-Akbar; Wa-lillaahil-hamd.




It is a beloved act to raise the voice when saying the Takbeer in the 

markets, the houses, the streets, the masjids and other places, because 

of the saying of Allah Most High in Soorah al-Hajj verse 37: “...that you 

may magnify Allah for His Guidance to you...” Imaam Bukharee 

(rahimahullah) said in the book of al-Idayn in the chapter of the Virtue of 

good) deeds during the days of Tashreeq, Ibn Umar and Abu Hurayrah 

(radhi allahu anhuma) would go out in the marketplace during the ten 

days and say Takbeer, and the people would say Takbeer when they said 

Takbeer.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee]



The Sunnah is to say the Takbeer individually. The saying of Takbeer in 

congregation, i.e., everyone pronouncing the Takbeer with one voice, is 

not permissible since this has not been transmitted (to us) from the early 

generations of the Sahaabah and those who followed their ways. .This is 


applicable for all Dhikr and supplications, except if the person doesn't 

know what to say. In that case he may repeat after someone else until he 

learns (the words to be said).


What You Should Do in these Blessed Days of Dhul-Hijjah?


The days of Dhul-Hijjah are the most blessed ones; therefore every 

Muslim should make much from this opportunity. Among the blessings of 

Allah is that He has given us many ways to perform good deeds and to 

worship Him, so that the Muslim may be constantly active and consistent in 
his worship of his Lord. Here are some out of many good deed, which you 


can perform in these days. 







Remember, deeds, which are less preferred are made superior and more beloved to Allah in these days, than the superior deeds performed at other times!! This is indicated in the Hadeeth where the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) said regarding Jihad which is the most superior of all deeds to be less superior than the voluntary fast in these days, except that the Mujahid, “goes out risking himself and his wealth for the sake of Allah, and does not come back with anything.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee]









Hajj and Umrah are the best deeds performed 

in 

Dhul-Hijjah.







Fasting as many days as possible, especially the day of Arafat, which is a 

Sunnah. Fasting is one of the best of deeds. Allah chose fasting for 

Himself 

from all the good deeds, as is stated in the Hadeeth Qudsee: “All the 

deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except for fasting, which is for Me 

and I am the One Who will reward him for it.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee 

(1085)] 


Takbeer al-Muqayyid: The Takbeer, which is restricted to the time after 

the five obligatory Salaat. This begins from after Fajr prayer of the day of 

Arafat (for the non-pilgrims) until the Asr prayer of the last day of 

Tashreeq. 



Takbeer al-Mutlaq: The unrestricted Takbeer; ‘Allahu Akbar’, at all times 

of night and day until Eid al-Ahda. 


Perform plenty of Nafl (voluntary) prayers. 


Recite and Memorize the Qur'aan. 

Abstain from disobedience and sins, because disobedience is the cause of 

Allah's Anger. The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihe wa-sallam) 

said: “Verily Allah has a sense of Ghayrah (honor, prestige and anger over 

it's violation), and Allah's sense of Ghayrah is provoked when a person 

does that which Allah has made prohibited.” [Saheeh Bukharee and 

Saheeh Muslim] Whereas, obedience and abstaining from all those things, 

which Allah has prohibited, is a form of worship and a means to achieve 

Allah's Love. 






Hasten to make Sincere Tawbah (Repentance) to Allah because 

repentance means coming back to Allah. It is forgoing all those deed, 


which Allah dislikes in open and in secret, out of regret for what has 

passed, abandoning them immediately and being determined not to 

return 

to it again. When a Muslim combines repentance with good deeds during 

the most virtuous days, this is a sign of his success. Allah says: “But as for 

him who repented, believed and did righteous deeds, then he will be 

among those who are successful.” [Soorah al-Qasas (28): 67]




Give Charity

Attend Salaat al-Eid and the Khutbah.  

Slaughter Udhiyah (Sacrifice) on the day of Eid al-Adha is another good deed which brings the slave closer to his Lord.
There is much to be gained, so make the most of this these invaluable and irreplaceable days.







♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

And among mankind is he who worshippeth Allah upon a narrow marge so that if good befalleth him he is content therewith, but if a trial befalleth him, he falleth away utterly.  He loseth both the world and the Hereafter.  That is the sheer loss.


--The Glorious Quran; 22; the pilgrimage; 11.







♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Thus We reveal it as pl
.ain revelations (Quran), and verily Allah guideth whom He will.


-- The Meaning of the Glorious Quran; 22; the pilgrimage; 16.









♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Degrees of rank from Him (Allah), and forgiveness and mercy.  Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.

--The Glorious Quran; 4; women; 96.









♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

Perform the pilgrimage and the visit (to Mecca) for Allah.  And if ye are prevented, then send such gifts as can be obtained with ease, and shave not your heads until the gifts have reached their destination.  And whosoever among you is sick or hath an ailment of the head must pay a ransom of fasting or almsgiving or offering.  And if ye are in safety then whosoever contenteth himself with the Visit for the Pilgrimage (shall give) such gifts as can be had with ease.  And whosoever cannot find (such gifts), then a fast of three days, while on the pilgrimage, and of seven when ye have returned; that is ten in all.  That is for him whose folk are not present at the Inviolable Place of Worship.  Observe your duty to Allah, and know that Allah is severe in punishment.


--The Glorious Quran; 2; the cow; 196.






♥**♥ In the name of Allah; the Most Beneficent; the Most Merciful: ♥**♥

To hunt and to eat the fish of the sea is made lawful for you, a provision for you and for seafarers; but to hunt on land is forbidden to you so long as ye are on the pilgrimage.  Be mindful of your duty to Allah, unto Whom ye will be gathered. 


--The Glorious Quran; 5; the table spread; 96.