25 November 2009

The Virtues of the day of Arafat

All praise to Allah who made the confession of monotheism a protection and fortification for His servants. His is praise, blessing and dominion. And I bear witness that our Master and Prophet Mohammed is His servant and Messenger, who said, 'The Hujjaj and 'Ummar are the delegation of Allah. If they supplicate to Him He responds and if they ask Him for forgiveness He forgives them.'

O Allah praise and give peace to our Master Mohammed, his family and pure, righteous companions.

Servants of Allah, I exhort you and myself to have taqwa (wariness) of Allah and obedience to Him. And I warn you and myself of rebellion against Him and disobeying His order. I also ask you servants of Allah to be wary of Allah on the day of Arafat. There are many significant features for this day.

It is the day Allah has perfected Islam and blessed us with many things. Allah says 'This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.' This holy verse has explained a lot and become a clear announcement in the history of religions.

The Day of Arafat is a celebration of All Muslims. That is why people on Hajjj must not fast on the Day of Arafat because it is the beginning of their Eid. Muslims must not fast on a celebrated day such as Eid.

Fasting on the day of Arafat wipes out the sins of two years. The people of Arafat (pilgrims who stay in Arafat during Hajj) get closer to Allah by praying to him. On the other hand, their Muslim brothers who did not have the chance to perform Hajj shall get closer to Allah by fasting on the day of Arafat. In return, Allah awards them with mercy for the year that passed and the year that would come. He would also forgive them for the mistakes and sins they have committed.

Arafat is a day of mercy. Allah gets closer to the people of Arafat and awards them with dignity, happiness, joy and strength.

Arafat is the day of unity. All Muslims unite on this day under the name of Allah. It is the day Allah has perfected Islam and completed it. It is the day Muslims perform the most important act of Hajj, which is standing on the mountain of Arafat. Allah says 'There is no sin on you if you seek the Bounty of your Lord (during pilgrimage by trading). Then when you leave ‘Arafat, remember Allah at the Mash‘ar-il-Haram. And remember Him as He has guided you, and verily, you were, before, of those who were astray. Then depart from the place whence all the people depart and ask Allah for His Forgiveness. Truly, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Merciful.'

the day of Arafat is also a day of renewing the ties with Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) may Allah's peace be upon him, the father of all prophets. Allah says 'Then, We have sent the revelation to you (O Muhammad saying): "Follow the religion of Ibrahim (Abraham) Hanif (Islamic Monotheism- to worship none but Allah) and he was not of the Mushrikun (polytheists, idolaters and disbelievers).' He also says 'He has chosen you (to convey His Message of Islamic Monotheism to mankind by inviting them to His religion of Islam), and has not laid upon you in religion any hardship: It is the religion of your father Ibrahim (Abraham) (Islamic Monotheism). It is He (Allah) who has named you Muslims both before and in this (the Quran), that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you be witnesses over humanity!'

The day of Arafat is the day of asking for forgiveness and repentance. It is the day of purity from all the sins pilgrims have committed.

Servants of Allah, these are few significant facts about the day of Arafat. I ask Allah to forgive you and me.

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