The Beauty of the Day of ‘Arafah


Today is 9th Zulhijjah, which is the Day of ‘Arafah.


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This is how Mount Rahmah, (“Mount of Mercy”) in ‘Arafah, Makkah looks like on a normal day.

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And this is how it looks like on the Day of ‘Arafah which is today.

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Arafah was the place were Adam and Eve met once again when they were sent down to reside on earth. They came down on two different spots but eventually were able to meet and recognize each other on this plain. Arafah here means “to get acquainted”, so based on this opinion Adam and Eve got acquainted to each other on that very same land we call today Arafah.

The Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “ الحج عرفة “ or “Hajj is Arafah“. The Arabic text implies a very important concept of the meaning of Hajj. This short statement means that the whole hajj and its validity is confined in the actual day of Arafahi.e. Hajj becomes valid only when the day of Arafah is observed and witnessed by those who undertake the journey, the pilgrims. Regardless how long the hujjaj stay in Makkah, if they missed that single day, they have then missed the whole Hajj.

Source: The Truth Behind the Day of Arafah & Its Name

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To me, the day of ‘Arafah is such a special day. Even if we are not in Makkah, today is the day Allah grants all our prayers. The air is just different this day, it is a day where hearts are united; not just Adam and Eve but the hearts of Muslims all over the world. Unity in prayer. Unity in love. Unity in asking for forgiveness from God. And that is such a beautiful thing.

I received a beautiful message from a friend today and I’d like to include it here, making du’a (prayer) on “Makeful Monday”:

On this day of Arafah, the most favoured day of Allah my du’as for you…

May the Rahmah of Allah pour down on you and in your home continuously.

May Allah record your name amongst those who will be forgiven.

May Allah accept all your du’as and grant you sustenance with lots of Blessings.

May Allah grant you the strength to fulfil your obligations to the best of your ability and confirm your entrance into Paradise InsyaAllah.

To know more about the significance of the Day of ‘Arafah, click here.

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