Day of Arafah

What Is the Day of Arafah and Why Is It Significant?

The Islamic calendar holds many blessed days, but few compare to the profound significance of the Day of Arafah. This sacred day, falling on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, is a time overflowing with Allah’s (SWT) mercy, forgiveness, and blessings.

This day holds immense importance, believed to be the day Allah (SWT) declared Islam complete and showered His favour upon us. Sincere repentance and good deeds on Arafah are especially blessed and can lead to forgiveness for past sins.

Marking the Calendar: Arafah Day 2024

This year, the Day of Arafah is anticipated to fall on June 15th or 16th, depending on the moon’s sighting. This sacred day invites Muslims globally to engage deeply with their spiritual practices, reflecting on their beliefs and the grace of Allah (SWT).

Understanding Arafah and the Power of Supplication

For Hajj pilgrims, the Day of Arafah stands as the pinnacle of their journey. Here, on the plains of Arafah, roughly 20 kilometres southeast of Makkah, they stand united before Allah (SWT) seeking His infinite mercy. It’s a culmination of sacrifice, devotion, and a powerful reminder of Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) unwavering obedience when he offered to sacrifice his son.

This sacred day becomes a wellspring of opportunity – a time for heartfelt supplications (du’a), seeking forgiveness, and engaging in good deeds that resonate deeply with Allah (SWT).

How to Observe the Day of Arafah: Practices and Prayers

Observing a voluntary fast on the Day of Arafah is a beautiful Sunnah.

Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said,

“It is reported that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah, after which he said: “

“It expiates the sins of the preceding year and the coming year.”

– Muslim

This fast is believed to cleanse sins of the previous and coming years, offering a powerful form of spiritual cleansing and reflection.

Du’a: A Moment of Divine Connection

The hours between Dhuhr and Maghrib are considered the most auspicious for making du’a, as it is believed that Allah SWT is closest to the earth during this time. Muslims are encouraged to spend this period in continuous prayer, asking for personal needs, forgiveness, and blessings for themselves and their loved ones.

Perform Dhikr

Engaging in Dhikr while reciting phrases like “SubhanAllah,” “Alhamdulillah,” “La ilaha illallah,” and “Allahu Akbar” helps maintain a spiritual connection and mindfulness of Allah SWT throughout the day. This practice is not only soothing but also spiritually rewarding.

Qurbani: Following the Prophet’s Sunnah

Those who can afford it are encouraged to make an extra Qurbani on the Day of Arafah. This act of giving brings spiritual rewards and helps provide for those less fortunate, supporting the principles of charity and community in Islam.

The Day of Arafah is a chance to reconnect with your faith, reflect on your blessings, and seek Allah’s (SWT) mercy. Embrace this sacred day with open arms and a pure heart. Let it be a day of transformation and spiritual growth.

Considering an additional Qurbani on the Day of Arafah can extend your reach to even more families in Yemen, providing them with a special meal during the celebrations of Eid al-Adha. This gesture of kindness brings additional spiritual benefits to you and helps fulfil the needs of the Ummah.