The day of Arafah, the 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah (this year, it is on 30th July 2020), is crucial to the completion of Hajj. So much so that the Prophet said, “Hajj is Arafah” (Tirmidhi). Without completing this step, Hajj is not valid. It is on this vast plain that all of mankind will be gathered on the Day of Judgement.
For those of us for whom Allah hasn’t planned Hajj yet, how can we reap the benefits of the day of Arafah?
- Fast – According to a Hadith, one who fasts sincerely on the day of Arafah will receive forgiveness of his/her sins for the previous and following year.
- Zikrullah – On this blessed day, any act of worship you do will result in more good deeds, so step up your remembrance of Allah, which you can do at any time of the day, during virtually any activity.
- Quran Recitation – Not one day should go by that we forget about the Quran, and especially on this day, we should at least make an effort to open the book and drink up some wisdom.
- Be Good To People – You don’t need to embark on a humanitarian mission. Just visit your neighbour and ask how they’re doing. Bake a pie for them. Or better yet, invite them over for Iftar. Just don’t overdo the dishes, or else you’ll lose the spirit of the day. Just serve what you would eat on an average day.
- Make Du’a – We should definitely not neglect making du’a on Arafah! While there are many beneficial du’as you can make on Arafah, and you may even have a list of personal du’as to be recited.
- Seek Forgiveness – Arafah is a day of immense forgiveness when Allah sets many people free from the Fire. Even if you are not standing on the Plains of Arafat, you can still seek Allah’s forgiveness from your own home, workplace or local masjid.