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What to do on the day of Arafah 9th Zul Hijjah

The following are established practices from the Hadith which every Muslim should endeavour to fulfil on this great day.

Fasting on the day of Arafah - The fast of this day has great significance and is highly recommended. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said "I have hope in Allah Ta'ala that the fast of Arafah will be an atonement for the (minor) sins of the past and the forthcoming year." (Tirmizi)

Seek forgiveness and sincere repentance - Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “There is no day in which Allah sets free more souls from the fire of hell than on the day of Arafah. On this day Allah draws close to the earth and by way of exhibiting His Pride remarks to the angels, ‘What is the desire of these (servants of mine)?” (Muslim)

Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Apart from the day of the Battle of Badr there is no day on which the Shaytan is seen to be more humiliated, more rejected, more depressed and more infuriated, than on the day of Arafat, and indeed all this is only because of beholding the abundance of descending mercy (on the day) and Allah’s forgiveness of the sins of the servants.” (Mishkat)

Acceptance of Dua – This is a day for abundant dua. It is advisable to set aside time in this day for dua so dua can be made in earnest. Try to make as many duas as possible by remembering family, friends, the Ummah and humanity at large. Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “The best dua is the dua on the Day of Arafah, and the best of what I and the prophets before me have said, is

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَهُ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ ، وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ ، وَ هُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

“There is none worthy of worship except Allah, He is Alone and has no partner, to Him belongs the Universe and to Him belongs all praise, and He has complete power over all things.” (Tirmizi)

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