The Day of Arafah and Its Virtues | The Explanation You're Looking For

The Day of Arafah and its virtues ~ Hi all readers! The day of Arafah is a great day for Muslims. The day of Arafah is in the month of Dhul Hijjah. Muslims are strongly encouraged to do a lot of worship, especially fasting on that day. That day has so many virtues that other days do not have. There are some important things that we should know about. This article will explain it. So, you have to read this article to the end!

But before I explain the Day of Arafah and its virtues, I will quote a number of hadiths that are specifically related to our discussion.

Hadith About the Day of Arafah and its Virtues

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The two hadiths about the day of Arafah and its virtues I mean are as follows;

قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : لَيْلَةَ عَرَفَةَ يَنْزِلُ اللهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا , فَيَقُوْلُ لِلْمَلَائِكَةِ : اُنْظُرُوْا إِلَى عِبَادِيْ هَؤُلَاءِ شُعْثًا غُبْرًا , جَاؤُوْنِيْ مِنْ فَجٍّ عَمِيْقٍ , ضَاجِيْنَ يَسْأَلُوْنَ رَحْمَتِيْ وَلَمْ يَرَوْنِيْ , وَيَتَعَوَّذُوْنَ بِيْ مِنْ عَذَابِيْ وَلَمْ يَرَوْنِيْ , فَلَمْ يُرَ يَوْمٌ أَكْثَرُ عَتِيْقًا وَلَا عَتِيْقَةً مِنْهُ

The messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “On the night of Arafat Allah Azza wa Jalla descended into the sky of the world. He then said to the Angels, Look at My servants who are wrinkled and exposed to the dust. They came to Me from a very far away place. They asked for My Mercy, even though they did not see Me. They ask for protection from Me from My torment, even though they do not see Me. There is no day in sight that there are many male slaves and female slaves who are freed from it (the day of Arafah).”

عَنْ ابْنِ عُمَرَ , قَالَ : سَمِعْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُوْلُ : لَا يَبْقَى أَحَدٌ يَوْمَ عَرَفَةَ فِيْ قَلْبِهِ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ مِنْ إِيْمَانٍ إِلَّا غُفِرَ لَهُ

From Ibn Umar, he said, “I have heard the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “There is not a single person on the day of Arafah who has faith in his heart even though only weighing one seed, unless he has been forgiven.”

On that day Allah obeys the Quran verse below;

حُرِّمَتۡ عَلَيۡكُمُ ٱلۡمَيۡتَةُ وَٱلدَّمُ وَلَحۡمُ ٱلۡخِنزِيرِ وَمَآ أُهِلَّ لِغَيۡرِ ٱللَّهِ بِهِۦ وَٱلۡمُنۡخَنِقَةُ وَٱلۡمَوۡقُوذَةُ وَٱلۡمُتَرَدِّيَةُ وَٱلنَّطِيحَةُ وَمَآ أَكَلَ ٱلسَّبُعُ إِلَّا مَا ذَكَّيۡتُمۡ وَمَا ذُبِحَ عَلَى ٱلنُّصُبِ وَأَن تَسۡتَقۡسِمُواْ بِٱلۡأَزۡلَٰمِۚ ذَٰلِكُمۡ فِسۡقٌۗ ٱلۡيَوۡمَ يَئِسَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِن دِينِكُمۡ فَلَا تَخۡشَوۡهُمۡ وَٱخۡشَوۡنِۚ ٱلۡيَوۡمَ أَكۡمَلۡتُ لَكُمۡ دِينَكُمۡ وَأَتۡمَمۡتُ عَلَيۡكُمۡ نِعۡمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ ٱلۡإِسۡلَٰمَ دِينٗاۚ فَمَنِ ٱضۡطُرَّ فِي مَخۡمَصَةٍ غَيۡرَ مُتَجَانِفٖ لِّإِثۡمٖ فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورٞ رَّحِيمٞ ٣

Prohibited to you are dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that which has been dedicated to other than Allah, and [those animals] killed by strangling or by a violent blow or by a head-long fall or by the goring of horns, and those from which a wild animal has eaten, except what you [are able to] slaughter [before its death], and those which are sacrificed on stone altars, and [prohibited is] that you seek decision through divining arrows. That is grave disobedience. This day those who disbelieve have despaired of [defeating] your religion; so, fear them not, but fear Me. This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. But whoever is forced by severe hunger with no inclination to sin – then indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. (Al-Maidah [5]; 3)


All Readers! There are some important things that we can conclude regarding the two hadith and saty verses of the Quran above;

The first hadith explains about how great the glory of the Day of Arafah, because on the eve of Arafat Allah descended into the heavens of the world and praised His servants in front of the Angels because of the obedience they were doing.

The first hadith explains that there were many slaves who were freed on the day of Arafah. Do you know what the reward of someone who frees slaves? Freedom from Hell!

The second hadith explains, that anyone who has faith on the day of Arafah, even though his faith is small, all his sins will be forgiven by Allah.

There is a verse from the Quran that was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad on the day of Arafat. Of course, that further clarifies the virtues of the day of Arafah.

That is a brief explanation of the day of Arafah and its virtues. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you in the next article!

Akhmad Syafiuddin
Akhmad Syafiuddin Muslim. Graduate of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.

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