The confusing reality about fasting on Arafat Day

Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Rahim

There are two sources of law

  1. Primary law
  2. Secondary law

While primary sources refer to the Noble Qur’an and the acceptable ahadith [sahih], secondary sources are Ijma, qiyas and ijtihad

  1. Allah says clearly in the Quran, in surah Baqarah that two persons need to sight the moon. It does not mention that each and every country must go and find the moon and it should be sighted at least by two local witnesses.
  2. The day of Arafat is the 9th in the Islamic calendar. we all know that there is only one place where Arafat is found, and that is Saudi Arabia. It is reasonable that when Muslims need to fast on Arafat Day, they have to be in line with the hajjees who are at Arafat on the 9.
  3. It is sad to see the number of Muslims losing sight of this day, discussing and fighting over it instead of taking the unique opportunity to fast and supplicate in view of gaining Allah’s mercy
  4. while the 10th of zul hijj is Eid-Ul Adha, many decide to fast. Another group want to fast two days: 9th and 10th because they want to be 100 % sure which is correct [this is the confusing state]
  5. Today, we have a powerful means of communication. Muslims must use this means of communication to communicate about important issues of our deen. [not only for pleasure].
  6. How is it that when the famous media announces something, people from all over the world accept it while they see it at the same time!!!Now, when your brothers have witnessed the moon in one country, you say: “NO, i don’t trust them. I don’t trust this country. I am going to wait and see the moon in my own country” But when the radio announces that the moon has been sighted in your country, are you sure about it? who have witnessed it? do you trust the source? [these are only questions asked as brainstorming]
  7. scholars are human beings though some of them are sincere and are trying their best to help the community. Taqlid [blind following] is a wrong concept which brings many lay persons astray. this is why knowledge has been made compulsory for both genders. When people are ignorant in the Deen, they open the door for shaytan to corrupt them and many people, seeing the ignorance of others, seize the opportunity to corrupt them even more!!!
  8. Many people have degrees but in deen, they are zero. May Allah help them.
  9. Reading a comment on the internet dating back to 2011: “Shaykh al-Albaanie’s opinion with in my opinion the strongest evidences is that it is prohibited to fast on Saturday, in any case, so also on Arafah. Other accepted opinion is of shaykh ibn al-Uthaymeen and shaykh bin Baaz, that you need to fast a day before or after saturday if you fast saturdays. In this case since you can not fast on Eid it would be Friday. Wa Allaahoe a3lam.”

After you read it, you will understand why many people are confused.

a. It is makruh to fast nafil on Friday or Saturday alone.

b.  If you are replacing your compulsory fasting of Ramadan, [and women know this very well], at times, you are sick etc, and you may have replaced on Monday, Tuesday then you are unable, then again on Friday you are capable. So, it is your right to replace. In that case, there is no problem for you to fast only on Friday or only on Saturday!!!

c. If Arafat [which is only ONE DAY and is the 9th of the Muslim calendar], falls on Friday, will you miss that important event? [based on fatawas on some scholars]. Arafat’s value is so huge that you cannot miss it even though it may fall on  a Friday. Any day may be Arafat day, so any day, you should fast. Subhan Allah, you are required to fast on the day of Arafat, then you fast according to the command of the prophet [peace be upon him].

Note again: it is only makruh to fast nafil either on Friday or on Saturday BUT it is not haram.

Ya Allah, forgive us all and give our nafs its taqwa.

O Community of Muslims, while scholars are divided on the subject, you have the right to decide which version seems more plausible to you and stick to it. Don’t create polemics and cultivate hatred, rancor in your heart for your brothers and sisters and do not waste your time.

The clock is ticking and it won’t reverse. YOU ARE WASTING YOUR PRECIOUS TIME

STOP BEING CONFUSED

STOP WASTING YOUR PRECIOUS TIME

STOP LISTENING TO TOO MANY PEOPLE

STOP ENTERING STERILE DISCUSSIONS AND BE PART OF THEM

USE THE FACULTY OF REASON THAT YOU HAVE

MAKE AN EFFORT TO UNDERSTAND

ISLAM IS NOT ALIEN TO REASONING . YOU REQUIRE REASONING IN THE ABSENCE OF CLEAR INJUNCTIONS.

TOO MUCH EXPOSED TO THE MEDIA IS HARMFUL FOR YOUR INTELLECT

BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE MANY OPPONENTS OF ISLAM ON THE NET. THEY WRITE RUBBISH TO DISCONNECT YOU WITH THE TRUTH, TO CONFUSE YOU…WHY DO YOU FALL IN THEIR TRAPS?

O Allah help our community which has fallen into confusion, bless us ya Rabb, help us and support us Ya Rabb. Protect us from our enemies who day in day out are working to create confusion in our ummah. they create literature that do not exist and Muslims who are unaware about these plots, are reading them and sharing them

By Al Jazeera English (Praying at Arafat) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The ninth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah (the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar) is the Day of ‘Arafah. It is the day when pilgrims stand on the plain of ‘Arafah to pray. On this day, Muslims all over the world who do not witness the annual Hajj should spend the day in fasting, in preparation for the three days festivity following ‘Eid ul-Adha (the celebration marking the end of the Hajj commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness of sacrifice).

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ‘Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ‘Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Arafah, so he said, It expiates the sins (Minor) of the past year and the coming year. [Muslim (no. 1162)]

 

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