Embracing the Virtues of the Day of Arafah: A Day of Divine Grace and Mercy

The Day of Arafah stands as a pinnacle of spiritual significance in the Islamic calendar, particularly during the blessed first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, culminating in the solemn observance of Eid al-Adha. This revered day, occurring on the ninth of Dhul Hijjah, embodies a multitude of divine blessings and virtues, presenting Muslims with an unparalleled opportunity for worship, reflection, and seeking Allah’s forgiveness.

The Completion of Islam’s Revelation

The Day of Arafah marks the momentous occasion when Allah declared the completion of Islam as a religion for humanity, as revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on the plains of Arafah. This proclamation, encapsulated in the verse “This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion” (Quran 5:3), signifies the fulfillment of divine guidance to mankind.

A Covenant with Mankind

Arafah also commemorates the profound covenant taken from the progeny of Adam (AS), wherein Allah affirmed His Lordship over humanity and extracted their acknowledgment of His Oneness. This primordial agreement underscores the inherent disposition of every human towards recognizing Allah as their Creator and Sustainer.

A Day of Eid and Divine Oath

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) described the Day of Arafah as a day of Eid for the Muslims, especially for those present at Arafah, emphasizing its significance as a time for joy, gratitude, and remembrance of Allah. Furthermore, Allah’s swearing by the Day of Arafah in the Quran highlights its immense importance and the profound spiritual merits it holds.

The Ultimate Day of Mercy and Forgiveness

The Day of Arafah is renowned for being the occasion when Allah liberates more souls from the Hellfire than on any other day, demonstrating His boundless mercy and forgiveness. It is a day when the gates of grace are flung wide open, and the faithful are encouraged to beseech Allah for pardon and salvation.

Fasting and Supplication

Fasting on the Day of Arafah is highly recommended for non-pilgrims, serving as an expiation for the sins of the past and forthcoming year. It is a sunnah deeply rooted in the practice of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), reflecting the immense reward and virtue of observing fast on this sacred day.

The Day of Arafah in Hajj

For the pilgrims of Hajj, the standing on the plain of Arafah is the quintessence of their spiritual journey, a moment of intense devotion and supplication. It is a time when the pilgrim’s heart and soul are entirely turned towards Allah, seeking His pleasure and proximity.

Engaging in Remembrance and Takbeer

The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, especially the Day of Arafah, are marked by the increased utterance of Takbeer (saying “Allahu Akbar”), Tahmeed (saying “Alhamdulillah”), Tahleel (saying “La ilaha illallah”) and Tasbeeh (saying “Subhanallah”). These acts of remembrance serve to glorify Allah, drawing the believer closer to Him.

The Day of Arafah offers a unique moment for spiritual renewal and divine forgiveness. It is a day to reflect on the bounties and mercy of Allah, to reaffirm our commitment to His path, and to intensify our efforts in worship and good deeds. Let us seize this precious opportunity to draw nearer to Allah, embodying the essence of submission and gratitude that characterizes the life of a believer. As we observe this blessed day, may we all be inscribed in the annals of those who attain divine forgiveness and mercy.


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