Tuesday 27 June 2023

[27062023] Day of Arafah

The Day of Arafah, also known as the Day of Arafat, is an important observance in Islam that falls on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah. The Islamic calendar is lunar, so the exact date of the Day of Arafah varies from year to year in the Gregorian calendar.

On the Day of Arafah, Muslim pilgrims who are performing Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca) gather on the plains of Arafah, which is located outside the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This day is considered the most important day of the Hajj pilgrimage, and it is believed to be the pinnacle of the entire pilgrimage.

On this day, sins are forgiven and supplications are answered by Allah. It is a day of intense prayer, reflection, and seeking forgiveness. The pilgrims spend the entire day in worship, standing in supplication and prayer, and reciting the Quran.

Seek repentance, engage in self-reflection, and ask for Allah's mercy and blessings.

For Muslims who are not performing Hajj, the Day of Arafah holds significance as well. It is recommended to observe fasting on this day, as it is believed to expiate sins from the previous year and the year to come. Fasting on the Day of Arafah is highly encouraged for those who are not participating in Hajj.

It's important to note that the specific date of the Day of Arafah can vary depending on the sighting of the moon and the Islamic lunar calendar. Therefore, it is always advisable to refer to the local Islamic authorities or reliable Islamic sources to determine the exact date of the Day of Arafah for a particular year.

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