This year the 9th day of Dhul-Hajj will fall on August 31st, 2017. More than two million Muslim pilgrims will this year assemble at Arafat, the mountain plain outside of the Holy city of Mecca. The pilgrims will be engaged in worship while on the mountain plains. Standing at mount Arafat is so significant that any pilgrim who misses this part of the Hajj misses the entire Hajj. Apart from Hajj, the day has great significance in Islam.
Important Events That Happened on Yawm al-Arafat
#1.Allaah Completed Revelation on this day
It was while at the plains of Arafat on this significant day of his last Hajj that the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ received final revelation from Allaah. It was here that Allaah revealed the verse that translates as follows:
“This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” [Sûrah al-Maidah (5): 3]
#2.Covenant from the Progeny of Adam (Alaihi Salam)
It was narrated from Ibn Abbas (radhi Allâhu anhu) that the Messenger of Allâh ﷺ said:
“When Allâh created Adam (Alayhisalaam) Allaah took covenant from him in a place called Na’mân on the day of Arafat, then He extracted from him all the descendants who would be born until the end of the world, generation after generation, and spread them out in front of Him in order to take a covenant from them also. He spoke to them face to face saying:
“Am I not your Lord?”
And they all replied: ‘Yes, we testify to it’. Allaah then explained why He had all of mankind bear witness that He was their Creator and only true God worthy of worship. He said: “That was in case you (mankind) should say on the Day of Resurrection, ‘Surely, we were unaware of this. We had no idea that You, Allaah, were our Lord. No one told us that we were only supposed to worship you.”
(Note: This Hadith was graded Shih (Authentic) by Sheikh al-Albania in Silesia al-Ahâdîth as-Sahîhah vol: 4, no: 1623)
Fasting on The Day of Arafat
There are great rewards for fasting on the day of Arafat. The Prophet ﷺ said:
“Be content with the fact that Allaah will expiate for your sins for a whole year before the day of Arafat and the year after the day of Arafat”! [Saheeh Muslim].
In another Hadeeth, He is quoted as saying:
“There is no day on which Allaah frees more people from the Fire than the day of Arafat. He comes close and expresses His pride to the angels saying, ‘What do these people want?’” [Saheeh Muslim].
As this year’s Yawm al Arafat is tomorrow Thursday August 31st, 2017, we remind ourselves and our readers of the importance of fasting the day with hopes for reward from Allaah Azawajal.