بِسْمِ الله الرَّحْمانِ الرَّحِيمِ
Alhamdulillah for these best days!
In Shaa ALLAH many of us will be blessed to witness the day of Arafat tomorrow. May Allah make us among them. Aameen. A day filled with blessings and Barakah and though we have not been chosen to be at Hajj this year, we can still seek the blessings of that day. This day is all about the Tawheed of Allah Azza Wajal.
Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best remembrance is to declare there is no God but Allah. The best supplication is to declare all praise is due to Allah.”
Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3383
عن جابر بن عبد الله قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَفْضَلُ الذِّكْرِ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَأَفْضَلُ الدُّعَاءِ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ
3383 سنن الترمذي كتاب الدعوات باب ما جاء أن دعوة المسلم مستجابة
Here are some virtues of the Day of Arafat:
It was reported from Abu Qutaadah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah. He said, “It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.” Narrated by Muslim.
This (fasting) is highly recommended for those who are not on Hajj. In the case of the one who is on Hajj, it is not Sunnah for him to fast on the Day of ‘Arafaah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not fast on this day in ‘Arafaah. It was narrated that he forbade fasting on the Day of ‘Arafaah in ‘Arafaah.
In Al-Saheehayn it was reported from ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) that a Jewish man said to him, “O Ameer al-Mu’mineen, there is an aayah in your Book which you recite; if it had come to us Jews, we would have taken that day as an ‘Eid (festival).” ‘Umar said, “Which aayah?” He said: This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. [al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]. ‘Umar said, “We know on which day and in which place that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It was when he was standing in ‘Arafaah on a Friday.”
It was reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah took the covenant from the loins of Adam in Na’maan, i.e., ‘Arafaah. He brought forth from his loins all his offspring and spread them before Him, then He addressed them, and said: Am I not your Lord? They said, ‘Yes, we testify,’ lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: ‘Verily, we have been unaware of this.’ Or lest you should say: ‘It was only our fathers aforetime who took others as partners in worship along with Allaah, and we were (merely their) descendents after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised Al-Baatil (i.e., ploytheism and committing crimes and sins, invoking and worshipping others besides Allaah)? [al-A’raaf 7:172-173 – interpretation of the meaning].” Narrated by Ahmad and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.
After reading the above virtues of that day, we understand why the best thikr that day is the one below as in it we renew our covenant with Allah Azza Wajal.
‘Amr ibn Shu’ayb reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best supplication is that which is made on the day of Arafat. The best of it is what was said by myself and the prophets before me: There is no God but Allah alone, without any partners, unto Him belong the dominion and all praise and He has power over all things.” Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 3585
لَا إِلهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in Qadeer.
None has the right to be worshipped except Allaah, alone, without any partner, to Him belong all sovereignty and praise and He is over all things omnipotent.
The above dhikr is also a mighty protection against the jinns and evil.
Thus on this great day we are reminded that we should worship Allah alone sincerely.
In Surah Zumar, ayah 3, Allah Azza Wajal reminds us that:
أَلَا لِلَّهِ الدِّينُ الْخَالِصُ
Surely, the religion is for Allah only. (39:3)
Tafsir: meaning, He will not accept any deed unless it is done purely and sincerely for Him Alone, with no partner or associate.
Let’s ask Allah to help us do deeds that are purely for HIM. The Du’a below helps us to be protected from acts of worship that are not sincere.
اللّهُـمَّ إِنّـي أَعـوذُبِكَ أَنْ أُشْـرِكَ بِكَ وَأَنا أَعْـلَمْ، وَأَسْتَـغْفِرُكَ لِما لا أَعْـلَم
Allaahumma ‘innee ‘a’oodhu bika ‘an ‘ushrika bika wa ‘anaa ‘a’lamu, wa ‘astaghfiruka limaa laa ‘a’lamu.
O Allah, I seek refuge in You lest I associate anything with You knowingly, and I seek Your forgiveness for what I know not.
To sum up the above dear sisters, spend the day of Arafat renewing the tawheed of Allah by calling on Him sincerely in du’as, doing the Dhikr of that day as explained above, seeking His forgiveness and fasting if you are able to.
He is Ash Shakur, The Most Appreciative of any effort we make for His pleasure. If you know HIM better, you can not help but love HIM and strive for His pleasure. We teach the 99 names of Allah in detail at Al An 4 U if you are interested in getting to know HIM better. You can find all the courses on the names of Allah at this link. It is our student’s favorite course Alhamdulillah. May Allah Azza Wajal bring us closer to HIM every day that He blesses us with. May we be among those whose sins of two years will be forgiven. Aameen!!
May Allah Ash Shakur accept from us all and may He Al Qadeer (The Most Able) give us tawfeeq i.e. the ability to make the best of the day of Arafat Aameen.
And Allah knows best.
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Binta Umm Yahya is the owner of Al An 4 U Online Coaching which is an online platform for Qur’an lessons, Islamic studies and Lifecoaching for Muslimas and women interested in Islam. She has an ijazah in teaching Qur’an with Tajwid and has been teaching Qur’an for over 7 years now and is an ongoing student of Qur’an with her husband imam Ahmed Abu Suhailah. She loves reciting, teaching and reflecting on the Qur’an. She is a Certified Master Lifecoach and a NLP Practitioner who absolutely enjoys coaching her sisters in faith to help them gain clarity, focus and understanding of their religion so they live their best life and connect to their Maker. Whenever she is not teaching or coaching, you can find her staring at the sky, reading or journaling with a big cup of tea. 🙂