The month of Dhul-Hijjah is one of the sacred months in the Islamic calendar. It is the month of hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) and culminates in the Day of Arafah at the Mount.
It is a day that combines many acts of worship like the prayers of the pilgrims on the Mount, abundant adhkaar, and other hajj rituals.
Allah, the Most Merciful has given us an opportunity to be closer to the pilgrims – in spirit – by fasting on the Day of Arafah.
Preferably, we should commence the fast from the 1st of Dhul-Hijjah till the 9th, which is the Day of Arafah. Tomorrow, the 3rd of October, 2014 is the Day of Arafah in sha Allah.
Narrated one of the wives of the Prophet (SAW): Hunaydah ibn Khalid narrated from his wife on the authority of one of the wives of the Prophet (SAW) who said, ‘The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to fast the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah, ‘Ashura, and three days of every month…” – Sahih from Sunan Abi Dawud 2437
Fasting on the Day of Arafah absolves of the sins of the preceding year and the coming year, in a hadith narrated by Abu Qatadah (R.A.).
The beautiful verse of Surah al-Maidah verse 3 – in which Allah perfected the religion and named it Islam – was said to have been revealed on this day to the Messenger (SAW) while he was on the Mount.
As Lailatu-l-Qadr was singled out by Allah as the Night of all nights, so was Arafah day singled out as the Day of all days.
Aisha (R.A.) reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: There is no day when Allah sets free more servants from Hell than the Day of Arafah. He draws near, then praises them to the angels, saying, ‘What do these people want?’ – Sahih Muslim 1348
I have not been fortunate (yet) to stand on that rock but my heart flies out to those on the plains when I watch them on the screen. We all yearn to be there with them talking to Allah one-on-one. Yeah, I know. I can talk to Him from here but I want to talk to Him from THERE!
*Sigh* Anyway, to those on Hajj right now, I envy you so much right now; and to those of us who will be watching them from home, wishing to be like one of those tiny white specks, our turns too shall come! In sha Allah.
P.S. If you did not fast from the beginning of this sacred month, it’s not too late…yet!