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My soul's Journey - Fasting in Hajj

Friday, 12 November 2010

In the name of God, Compassionate, Merciful بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

In the name of God, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

The day of `Arafah (the 9th Dhu’l-Hijjah) is the best day of the whole year. It is the day when the pilgrims stand in worship on the Mountain of `Arafah. This year it will fall on the 15th-ish of November.

"There is no day on which Allah `azza wa jal frees people from the Fire as He does on the day of `Arafah. He comes close (to those standing on `Arafah) and then revels before His angels, saying: What are these people seeking?" [Muslim]

Fasting on the day of ‘Arafah is a confirmed Sunnah for those who are not performing Hajj. It was narrated from Abu Qataadah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Arafah and he said: “It expiates for the past and coming years.” Narrated by Muslim (1162).

Abu Sa'eed al-Khudree said that the Messenger of Allah said: “No servant (of Allah, the Most High) fasts one day in the Path of Allah, except that Allah, the Most High, removes his face from the Fire because of it (the distance of travelling) seventy years.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Fasting the first nine days of Dhu’l-Hijjah is mustahabb (highly recommended). This is indicated by the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), as narrated in the hadith of Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him): “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah then these ten days – i.e., ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah).” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, not even jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said: “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself with his wealth and does not come back with anything (i.e., he expends all his wealth and is martyred).” Narrated by al-Bukhari, 969.

Wishing you the best
by Zakia Usmani

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