DAY OF ARAFAH
10 Things to Do on The Day of Arafah (for Non-Hajjis)
So here’s a thought..
If I can’t go to Makkah for Hajj (for any reason) even though I really want to, what can I do to make sure I get all the rewards of Hajj from any part of the world?
Or do you ever ask yourselves…
Will the Muslims who can never make a trip to Makkah for Hajj in their entire lifetime due to financial or health-related issues, never be rewarded the same as people who are blessed with the opportunity to perform Hajj?
There are people in the world, striving to earn money to do Hajj atleast once in their entire life, praying day and night that Allah blesses them with a single chance to do Hajj…
On the other hand, there are those who are performing Hajj, but they wish every day for the Hajj to end so that they can go back to the comfort of their homes and do exactly as they were doing before the most uncomfortable experience of their lives.
Who do you think deserves more praise from The Almighty Allah?
Allah gives all of His people an opportunity to erase their sins on this special Day of Arafah.
The complete first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah are given immense value by Allah S.W.T. He attaches so much importance to these days that He S.W.T swears by them in The Holy Quran.
Allah, the Most High & Exalted says: “By the Dawn; By the ten nights” [Surah Al-Fajr:1-2]
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad S.A.W emphasized the importance of these 10 days by saying: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” The people asked , “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out, giving himself and his wealth up for the cause (of Allah), and came back with nothing.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
Therefore, all those Muslims who wish to be performing Hajj this year but can’t, should put in all their efforts and earn the rewards Allah has promised for all on the day of Arafah.
Here’s a short list of what you can do on the Day of Arafah to make the most out of it..
1) Fasting during the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah (especially on The Day of Arafah)
Allah has made certain days and nights more spirituality elevating than the rest of the year. The first 9 days including the Day of Arafah are the most blessed days of the year. And the blessed act of worship that’s very dear to Allah (S.W.T) is fasting. Allah says:
Almighty Allah says, “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.”’ [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
That’s why it’s a sunnah of our beloved Prophet S.A.W to fast during the first 9 days of Dhul Hijjah. Especially on the Day of Arafah.
If you don’t fast all 9 days then atleast try to fast the Day of Arafah. Afterall, it’s just ONE day. And you know what happens when you do that?
The Prophet (S.A.W) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah, so he said:
Abu Qatadah Al-Ansari (R.A) narrated, “The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafah (the 9th of the month of Dhul Hijjah). He replied, “Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for the preceding year and the following year.” [Muslim]
Important points to note: Fasting is prohibited on the day of Eid (10th Dhul Hijjah). Fasting is also prohibited on the Day of Arafat for the pilgrims performing Hajj.
2) Stay clear of Major sins
People tend to focus so hard on praying extra nawafil and doing extra Ibadah that they forget the order of priority of deeds in the eyes of Allah.
The first thing to focus on during any sacred days including these 9 days of Dhul Hijjah (specially the Day of Arafah), is to stay away from major sins.
Major sins include Shirk, Zina, disobedience to parents, bribery, not giving Zakah, drinking, slandering, interest, losing hope in the Mercy of Allah and not fearing Allah etc.
Giving up major sins on the Day of Arafah does NOT mean you give up your sins for the day and go back to committing them the next day. It means asking Allah for forgiveness and making a firm commitment to yourself that you will give up the sin for the sake of Allah.
If we can stay away from major sins, Allah (S.W.T) is so Merciful that He will forgive our minor sins.
If you avoid the major sins which you are forbidden, We will remove from you your lesser sins and admit you to a noble entrance [into Paradise]. [Quran Surah 4: Ayah 31]
3) Make Fard Salah your TOP priority
If your Salah is lagging behind, or you are missing some prayers than your priority of Ibadah is wrong. Your prime focus should be fixing your prayer.
Remember-If you can fix your Salah, your Salah will fix everything else for you. And fixing Salah includes making Wudoo with Khushoo, praying early on time, not missing a single prayer, praying in congregation (for men), and praying Salah with Khushoo.
“Maintain with care the [ Obligatory] prayers and [in particular] the middle prayer and stand before Allah, devoutly obedient.”
4) Recite Tahleel, Takbeer, Tahmeed and Tasbeeh multiple times a day
It is a Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (S.A.W) to recite these tasbeehat abundantly during the first 10 days of Dhul-Hijjah. So make sure to recite them whether you are at work, at home, in the masjid or anywhere where it’s permissible to recite them.
Takbeer means Allahu Akbar, Tahmeed means Alhamdulilah, Tahleel is Laa-ilaaha-ilAllah, and Tasbeeh is SubhanAllah.
“That they may witness things that are of benefit to them (reward of Hajj in the Hereafter and also some worldly gain from trade), and mention the Name of Allah on appointed days, over the beast of cattle that He has provided for them (for sacrifice).” [Surah Al-Haj:28]
Then from 9th to 13th of Dhul-Hijjah, it is sunnah to recite Takbeeraat-e-Tashreeq starting from Fajr of 9th, then after every Fard Salah.
Takbeeraat-e-Tashreeq is as follows:
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd.
It is translated as: “Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and all praises are for Allah only.”
5) Make lots of Duas and ask for Allah’s forgiveness
“When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.” [Suratul Baqarah:186]
Spend a few minutes and jot down all the different things you want to ask from Allah S.W.T. Make a list of all the things you have wanted for yourself, your family, and the Muslim Ummah for a long time. All the things that you want in this dunya and the Hereafter.
Take tiny glances on your piece of paper while making dua. That way you won’t miss out on any du’a when you lift your hands in front of Allah and ask Him to fill them with His blessings.
The importance of making dua on the Day of Arafah can be gathered from this Hadith:
Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There is no day upon which Allah frees more of his servants from the Hellfire than the day of ‘Arafat. He draws near and then he praises them to the angels, saying: What do these want?” [Sahih Muslim 1348]
6) Recite Quran abundantly
If you already are in habit of reading Quran regularly, then you may set a goal of readig another Juz or reading the Tafseer of a Surah or two everyday during these 10 days, especially on the Day of Arafah.
But if you are not in habit of reading Quran regularly, then this is a great time to motivate yourself to get into habit of reading Quran daily. Even if it’s only one page or the tafseer of one Ayah.
Quran is the biggest source of spirituality after Salah. So don’t miss out on it if you aim to get spiritually closer to Allah during these 10 days.
7)Be extra nice to your parents
This one is probably the most difficult one for young Muslims. No matter how angry you are at your parents for any reason, make a promise to yourself on the Day of Arafah as well as the other 9 days of Dhul-Hijjah to respect them, talk politely with them, never show anger in any way in front of them, take extra care of them, say nice words and smile at them.
Put your phone aside while talking to them. Don’t talk to them in a rush waiting to go back to doing what you were before. Make time out to sit with them, crack jokes with them, and talk about their problems.
It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Mas’ood (R.A), who observed: “I asked Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) which deed was the best.” He (the Prophet S.A.W) replied: ‘The Prayer at its appointed hour.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He (the Holy Prophet) replied: ‘Kindness to the parents.’ I (again) asked: “Then what?” He replied: ‘Earnest struggle (Jihad) in the cause of Allah.’ I refrained from asking any more questions for fear of annoying him. [Sahih Muslim]
8) Give Charity
Spending in the way of Allah is one of the most beloved acts of worship in Islam. Charity does not only mean you have to spend money on the poor.
Start with the small stuff such as, providing aftaar to the people who are fasting, helping your mom in the kitchen, lowering the burden of work on your servants etc.
Do you want to know the easiest way to give charity (sadaqah)?
SMILE. Smile at the members of your family, your friends, your spouses, the young ones. Doesn’t really take too much effort now does it?
9) Re-think the purpose of your life and make a fresh start
We don’t think about the purpose of our lives everyday. These 10 days including the Day of Arafah can be the turning point in your life. The first thing to do before you can make any lifelong change for the sake of Allah is to re-think the purpose of your life.
Remind yourself everyday during these 10 days, why you are here in this Dunya. This will become a habit that will continue even after these days end.
Make the Day of Arafah special in your heart. Your spiritual boost on the day will motivate you to make life-long changes and consider that Day as a fresh start in your life.
10) Go out of your way to do Ibadah & more good deeds
On a regular day, waking up for Fajr everyday and praying it on time is sufficient to keep you on track and add barakah in your entire day. However, just like before an exam/ test, students tend to study three times as hard as they do in their regular school days, the same way we should do three times as much Ibadah during these 10 days, as we do in our regular days.
Lectures, videos, articles etc, all are very good ways of reminding us and increasing awareness about Islamic matters. But on the Day of Arafah, try not to focus too much on social media reminders and concentrate wholely on doing Ibada (worship of Allah).
Cancel extra work meetings, hangouts with friends, dinner parties etc during these 10 days. Imagine the amount of regret you will have later if you lose the barakah and blessings of these days.
Complete your projects and get done with all the important worldly tasks before the Day of Arafah. Have nothing except Ibadah on your to-do list for the Day of Arafah.
The Prophet (S.A.W) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days (Dhul Hijjah).” [Sunan Ibn Majah]
Some important forms of extra Ibadah are:
- Praying Ishraaq prayer
- Praying Tahajjud
- Praying the Sunnah Nawafil after every Salah
- Praying Salat-ul-Hajat (if there’s something that you really need Allah to bless you with)
- Listening to the Khutbah on TV of the Day of Arafah etc
And Allah knows best!
May Allah forgive all of our past sins and elevate us in our ranks in Dunya and Akhirah! Ameen.
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