In Islam, some days are considered are more important than the rest, one of such days is the Day of Arafat. It falls on the lunar Islamic calendar on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, which is the last month of the Islamic Calendar. This year, it will begin from the evening of 30th August and go on until the evening of 31st August.
The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah have been categorized as the best 10 days of the Islamic year, and the Day of Arafat, on which God perfected His religion, according to Islamic tradition, has been called the best day of the lunar calendar according to some scholars.
Many religious and traditional values are connected with this day. There are several advantages claimed for the 9th of Dhul Hijjah. This is the day when the pilgrims assemble on the plain of Arafat, to complete one of the essential rituals of the Hajj. The completion of blessing refers to forgiveness for one’s sins by God, as without it the blessings of God cannot be complete.
It is an important place in Islam because, during the Hajj, pilgrims spend the afternoon there on the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah. Failure to be present in the plain of Arafat on this required day invalidates the pilgrimage.
This brings to light the importance of being forgiven by God.
Mount Arafat is a granite hill east of the city of Mecca in the plain of Arafat. It is a plain which is about 20 km southeast of Mecca. It reaches about 230 ft. in height and is also known as the Mount of Mercy, or rather, Jabal ar-Rahmah.
According to Islamic tradition, this hill is the place where the Islamic prophet Muhammad, stood and delivered the Farewell Sermon to the all the Muslims who had accompanied him for the Hajj towards the end of his life.
The Day of Arafat is one of the first nine days of the month of Dhul Hijjah, during which the Prophet Muhammad urged Muslims to observe fasting, and some of the prophet’s wives had also narrated that he used to observe fasting during the first nine days of the month this Islamic month as well.
Prophet Muhammad urged Muslims to fast on the Day of Arafat in particular, and when he was asked about fasting on the day of Arafat, he said: “Fasting on the day of Arafat is an expiation for the sins committed in the previous year and the sins will be committed in the next year.” Yet, for those who are performing Haj, they are not recommended to observe fasting on the Day of Arafat.
Yet, for those who are performing Haj, they are not recommended to observe fasting on the Day of Arafat.
The Day of Arafat is one of the days of the month of Dhul Hijjah, which is one of the four sacred months in the Islamic calendar.
One can only perform pilgrimage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. So, to truly experience this culture and religious journey of self-discovery and sacrifice, and to live through these customs which are centuries old.
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