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The virtue of the day of Arafah


Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Haddad

July 16, 2021

The day of Arafat is the best day of the world, as it was authenticated in the hadith of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, when he says: “There is no day better in the sight of God than the day of Arafat. They came from every deep dawn, and they did not see My mercy or my punishment, so no one was seen more ancient than the Fire of the Day of Arafa.” angels, then he says: What did these people want?

It is a declarative question in which God shows His satisfaction with His servants who are standing in this great shrine, to His honorable angels, and that God Almighty has given them what they want.

The day of Arafat is the greatest purpose of the ritual pilgrimage, as the Prophet, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him and his family, said: “The Hajj is Arafa,” meaning it is the greatest pillar that the ritual misses by missing, and in which the divine blessings and divine breaths are upon his servants who recognize him, respond to his call, and perform the pilgrimage to his ancient house. And they gather in the plains of Arafat where neither worldly interests nor immediate benefits bring them together, with humiliation and need, repentance and defeat, so God, the Mighty and Sublime, boasts of those standing by His angels, meaning he is proud of them, for today it is witnessed, as it came from Abu Hurayrah, may God be pleased with him, and it is the Day of Generosity. And generosity from the Lord God Almighty.

This is the day on which the pilgrims gather for his house, stripped of their adornment clothes and the types of enjoyment of good things, to clothes that feel detached from this world and suggest the clothes of the Hereafter, and move to the Most High Companion, Glory be to Him, thus showing their poverty and their affliction, and this is what God loves of His servants.

And it was reported that “the devil was not seen as being younger, nor more despicable, nor defeated, nor more enraged than him on the Day of Arafat, and that is nothing but that mercy descends upon him and he overlooks the great sins.”

This is the day on which God Almighty perfected the religion, and completed the blessing, as He, Glory be to Him, said: {Today I have perfected your religion for you, and I have completed My favor upon you, and I have accepted God’s blessings and peace upon him. And the one whom the Jews have blessed us with, and she said: “If this verse was revealed to us, we would have taken that day as a holiday.” Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, may God be pleased with him, said:I knew the day on which it was revealed, the hour, and where the Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, was when it was revealed. It was revealed on the night of Jumu’ah - that is, the night of Muzdalifah after the flooding from Arafat - and we are with the Messenger of God, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, at Arafat.” About him, that this day is a feast day to complete the religion on it, and in the noble verse an indication that Hajj is the completion of religion, and therefore it was the conclusion of the practical pillars of Islam for those who were able to reach it, and whoever was not able to make it is to believe and believe in its corner, and this is from the tolerance and ease of religion and did not obligate it. In any case, as required prayer.

This is the day on which the Prophet, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him and his family, delivered his great sermon in which he laid down the rules and foundations of social justice in money, blood, and family rights, and he venerated the sacred things, so what he said on it was: “Your blood and your money is forbidden to you, and your honor to you is forbidden, as is the inviolability of your day. This, in this country of yours, in this month of yours, until the day you meet your Lord, have you not reached? They said: Yes. He said: Oh God, bear witness, so let the absent witness inform, for perhaps an informer is more aware of the one who hears, so do not return to infidels after me, striking the necks of others.

This is the day in which God Almighty, by His grace, encompasses all His servants, whoever of them performs Hajj, it is with that great transfiguration, and with general forgiveness and freedom from the fires, and whoever does not perform Hajj, with his participation in pilgrimage to God Almighty, by his remembrance, thanking and fasting, as it was authenticated about him, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, his family and his companions: “The best supplication is: A supplication on the day of Arafat, and the best of what I and the prophets before me said: There is no god but God alone, He has no partner.” It is a supplication and remembrance of the day, and it includes those who were standing on Arafat and those who were in his house, so Muslims all meditate on the remembrance of God and supplication for him, so they share the credit with the pilgrims. His Sacred House, especially when their hearts and intentions have performed Hajj, as the pilgrims and those who are financially and physically able to perform Hajj were unable to fulfill their desires due to this devastating epidemic, except by their intentions, as God will not deprive them of the reward and grace of Hajj, as it is true in the hadith “The intention of the believer is better than his deeds.”

We ask God Almighty to include us with His grace, forgiveness and well-being.

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