Fasting on the day of Arafat

Bimsillah Ar Rahman Ar Rahim

The day of Arafat which falls on the 9th of Zul Hijja is an important day where all pilgrims gather on the plain of Arafat to supplicate Allah. On this day, Muslims all over the world are recommended to fast.

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“The reward of fasting is great, so imagine how much that reward would be multiplied in these days. If one can’t fast all of the 9 days, then at least on the day of `Arafah as it is the greatest day.

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Abu Qatadah reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah is an expiation for two years, the year preceding it and the year following it. Fasting the day of `Ashura is an expiation for the year preceding it.” [This is related by “the group,” except for al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi.]
The Prophet ﷺ said “There is no day that Allah will free people more than the day of `Arafah.”
`Ali (ra) used to advise people to say, “O Allah, free my neck from the fire,” on the day of `Arafah

 

“According to Islamic tradition, Arafat is the place where Adam and Eve were reunited following their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Arafat is also the place where the Prophet Muhammad delivered his Farewell Sermon.”

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