1. Submission to Allah
(swt) in Arafah
does not have a prescribed outward act. You have to be there on the 9th of Dhul-Hijjah
to sunset, that's all!
Wuquf (standing/staying) in Arafah in Hajj is really our
second wuquf. Do you know about our
2. Some pilgrims miss out
from reaping the full benefit of wuquf in Arafat during those
approximately 5 1/2 hours.
pilgrims pray, recite The Qur'an, zikr, and du'a in Arafah
during those hours but some also chat, smoke or take a nap. There is
a fair amount of such wasteful activities caused by a lack of
understanding of wuquf. The
quotes on the right side of this page should be sufficient
inducement to pilgrims to regard their presence in Arafat as
among the most precious times in their lives.
Read about a good way to prepare for
4. Pilgrims should not fast on Arafah Day. It is not Sunnah.
5. Some Hajj groups skip Mina and proceed straight to Arafah to
escape the traffic nightmare. You'll have to pack accordingly to
meet your needs for a night and a day's stay in Arafah.
6. Bring along the following when you depart for Arafah: an extra pair of Ihram clothes; extra pair of glasses,
mosquito repellent; foldable hand fan; foldable mat; plastic sheet
(2 1/2' square); foldable umbrella; 2 bottles of 1 1/2 liter mineral
water; torch and snacks.
Remember to take this
two excellent collection of du'a: 1. Fortress of the Believer
2. Accepted Whispers
7. The toilet facilities in the tent
area that I stayed were adequate. It is still advisable to carry a
mini pail with you to fetch water from other places just in case
the tap runs dry in your place. (This happened in Mina in our
want to consider a diet of water, dates and fruits in Arafah as this
will reduce the need to go to the toilet frequently. This diet may
also help to keep you more alert and not make you feel 'sleepy'. You
will thus have more time for ibadah.
8. After Arafah, the next Hajj rite is at Muzdalifah. Prepare
yourself psychologically for the possibility that you may not be
able to perform this part of the Hajj rite. Instead of leaving
Arafah after sunset, you may find yourself stranded in Arafah until
the next morning because the bus to pick up your group did not turn
up as planned.
9. If you are physically fit, consider walking to Muzdalifah. It is definitely better than
several hours in a bus!
favourite du'a of some scholars at Arafat:
"Allahumma inni as'aluka Iman naafi'an
wa rizqan tayyiban wa ‘amalan mutaqabbalan." [O
Allah! I ask you for knowledge that is of benefit , a good provision
and deeds that will be accepted.] Watch the video on this du'a:
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The Hajj is Arafat.
[Prophet Muhammad, saw]
There is no day in which
Allah frees more of his slaves from the Fire than the day of 'Arafah'.
[Prophet Muhammad, saw]
The best thing that I and
the other Prophets have said at Arafat is 'There is no god but
Allah alone. He has no partner. To Him belongs dominion and
praise. He encompasses everything.'
[Prophet Muhammad, saw]
At Arafat acknowledge your
transgressions and faults, and
renew your covenant with Allah
The Exalted, freeing yourself for Him alone and drawing near to
[Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq]
It is said that it is a
most grievous sin to stand in Arafat and to imagine that Allah,
Exalted is He, does not forgive one.
Abu Ad-Darda reported that the
Prophet (saw) said, “On no other day does the Satan feel so
belittled, humiliated, and angry as he does on the Day of
(In Arafah), the Hajj goes on inside the hearts and thoughts of
each of us. This is a
for the Day of Judgment.
How will we account for our acts? Have I injured anyone? Have I
been grateful enough for the simple gifts of life, water, food,
friends, family and the air I breathe? [Michael Wolfe]
“If the Ummah returns to its religion, no force in the world
will be able to defeat it. The values, morals, culture and
economies of the Ummah are being targeted by the enemies.
Muslims had contributed to this by abandoning the basics of
their faith." [Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul
Aziz Al-Asheikh, khutbah at Arafah on 19 December 2007, Arab
“If two million Muslims from all over the world can come
together on the plains of Arafat at the call of our dear faith,
what stops them from joining hands for the good of the
Muslim world?” asked Abu Ammar, a Palestinian pilgrim.
[19 December 2007, Arab News]
Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said, “The best
Du’a is the Du’a (made) on the day of ‘Arafah” [Tirmithi]