7 Things to Do Today On the Day Of Arafah

7 Things to Do Today on the Day Of Arafah

June 16, 2024
Assalamualaikum!

The last sermon of Prophet SAW was delivered on the Ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah, 10 A.H. ( 623AD) in the Uranah valley of Mount Arafat in Mecca. It is also known as the Farewell Pilgrimage.

That day is here again today. The Day of Arafah.

The first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah are the most valuable days of the year for Muslims, especially today, the Day of Arafah. Allah SWT attaches so much importance to these days that He SWT swears by them in The Holy Quran.

Allah, the Most High & Exalted says: “By the Dawn; By the ten nights” [Surah Al-Fajr: 1-2]

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W emphasized the importance of these 10 days by saying: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” The people asked, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

All those Muslims, who wish to perform Hajj this year but can’t, can do a few simple things to earn the rewards Allah SWT has promised everyone on the day of Arafah.

Here’s a short list of what you can do on the Day of Arafah to make the most out of it:

 

🔆 1. Fasting on The Day of Arafah

 

Allah has made certain days and nights more spiritually elevating than the rest of the year. The first 9 days including the Day of Arafah are the most blessed days of the year. And the act of worship that’s very dear to Allah SWT is fasting. Allah says:

Almighty Allah says, “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.”’ [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

That’s why it’s a sunnah of our beloved Prophet SAW to fast during the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah, especially on the Day of Arafah.

After all, it’s just ONE day. But it weighs heavy on the scale of good deeds. And you know what happens when you fast on the Day of Arafah? 

Abu Qatadah Al-Ansari (R.A) narrated, “The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah (the 9th of the month of Dhul Hijjah). He SAW replied, “Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.” [Muslim]

Please note: Fasting is prohibited on the day of Eid (10th Dhul Hijjah). Fasting is also prohibited on the Day of Arafat for the pilgrims performing Hajj.

 

🔆 2. Stay Clear of Major and Minor Sins

 

If we can stay clear of major sins, Allah SWT is so Merciful that He will forgive our minor sins. 

“If you avoid the major sins which you are forbidden, We will remove from you your lesser sins and admit you to a noble entrance [into Paradise].” [Quran Surah 4: Ayah 31]

Major sins include Shirk, Zina, disobedience to parents, bribery, not giving Zakah, drinking, slandering, interest, losing hope in the Mercy of Allah, and not fearing Allah, etc.

Alhamdulillah most God-fearing Muslims stay clear of major sins anyway. But on the day of Arafah, it’s important to protect your fast and stay away even from minor sins.

Take a look at your typical day and note all the things you may be doing, the subconscious bad habits, that are considered minor sins. Stay conscious and alert of all major and minor sins on this day to protect yourself.

 

🔆 3. Make Fard Salah your TOP priority

 

If your Salah is lagging, or you are missing some prayers, then before anything else, your prime focus should be fixing your prayer.

Remember: If you can fix your Salah, your Salah will fix everything else for you. Fixing Salah includes making Wudoo with Khushoo, praying early on time, not missing a single prayer, praying in a congregation (for men), and praying Salah with Khushoo.

“Maintain with care the [ Obligatory] prayers and [in particular] the middle prayer and stand before Allah, devoutly obedient.” Quran Surah 2: Ayah 238

 

🔆 4. Recite Tahleel, Takbeer, Tahmeed, and Tasbeeh throughout the day

 

It is a Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (S.A.W) to recite these tasbeehat abundantly during the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah.

Make sure to recite them whether you are at work, at home, in the masjid, or anywhere where it’s permissible to recite them.

Takbeer means Allahu Akbar, Tahmeed means Alhamdulilah, Tahleel is Laa-ilaaha-ilAllah,and Tasbeeh is SubhanAllah.

“That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (the reward of Hajj in the Hereafter and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice).” [Surah Al-Haj:28]

Then from the 9th to the 13th of Dhul-Hijjah, it is sunnah to recite Takbeeraat-e-Tashreeq starting from Fajr of the 9th, then after every Fard Salah.

Takbeeraat-e-Tashreeq is as follows:
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd.

It is translated as: “Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and all praises are for Allah only.”

 

🔆 5. Make lots of Duas and ask for Allah’s forgiveness

 

“When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” [Suratul Baqarah: 186]

Spend a few minutes and jot down all the different things you want to ask from Allah S.W.T. Make a list of all the things you have wanted for yourself, your family, and the Muslim Ummah for a long time. All the things that you want in this dunya and the Hereafter.

Take tiny glances at your piece of paper while making dua. That way you won’t miss out on any Du’a when you lift your hands in front of Allah and ask Him to fill them with His blessings.

The importance of making dua on the Day of Arafah can be gathered from this Hadith:

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, SAW, said, “There is no day upon which Allah frees more of his servants from the Hellfire than the day of ‘Arafat. He draws near and then He praises them to the angels, saying: What do these want?” [Sahih Muslim 1348]

 

🔆 6) Go out of your way to do Ibadah & more good deeds

 

On the Day of Arafah, try not to focus too much on social media reminders and concentrate fully on doing Ibadah (worship of Allah).

Cancel extra work meetings, hangouts with friends, lunches, entertainment, random scrolling on Instagram, etc. today, so there’s no regret that you didn’t do your best on this day.

Postpone extra projects, cut your work day short if possible, and wrap up worldly tasks quickly before the Day of Arafah. Have nothing other than mandatory activities and Ibadah on your to-do list today.

Some important forms of extra Ibadah are:

  1. Praying Ishraaq prayer
  2. Praying Tahajjud
  3. Praying the Sunnah Nawafil after every Salah
  4. Praying Salat-ul-Hajat (if there’s something that you really need from Allah)
  5. Listening to the Khutbah on TV about the Day of Arafah, etc.

 

The Prophet (S.A.W) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days (Dhul Hijjah).” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

 

🔆 7) Recite Quran abundantly

 

Quran is the biggest source of spirituality after Salah. This is something Prophet SAW mentioned in his last Khutbah. You can read the full khutbah here.

The khutbah ends like this…

“O People! No Prophet or apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore O People! and understand words that I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and the Sunnah and if you follow these you will never go astray.”

“All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly.”

“O Allah, be my witness, that I have conveyed your message to Your people.”

As part of this sermon, the Prophet recited to them a revelation from Allah, which he had just received, and which completed the Quran, for it was the last passage to be revealed:

“This day the disbeliever’s despair of prevailing against your religion, so fear them not, but fear Me (Allah)! This day have I perfected for you, your religion and fulfilled My favor unto you, and it hath been My good pleasure to choose Islam for you as your religion.” (Surah 5, Ayah 3)

Have a blessed day today! Please remember me and my family in your duas. I’ll be writing to you after Eid!

May Allah SWT accept our good deeds on this day, fully protect us from punishment, reward us abundantly, and forgive us for all our sins, Ameen.

ALL my best,
Aimen

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