The Day of Arafah is the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah in the annual Islamic Calendar. The 10 days of Dhul Hijjah encompass significant religious meaning. Muslims are advised to increase their acts of goodness and spirituality to reap the rewards of this period.
It is Sunnah for the Muslim to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, because fasting is one of the best of deeds. In a hadith qudsi, Allah says: “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.” (Bukhari, 1805)
It is reported that “The Prophet used to fast on the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah and the day of Ashura, and three days each month, the first Monday of the month and two Thursdays.” (Abu Dawood, 2/462)
On the day of Arafah, pilgrims completing the pilgrimage to Makkah will go to the Mountain of Arafah and ask God for forgiveness.
The following verse was revealed on the day of Arafah to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” (Surah al Maa’idah 5:3)
Our Prophet said: “There are no days that are greater before Allah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days. So recite a great deal of tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed during them.” (Ahmad)
Tahmeed: Al-hamdu Lillah (All praises be to God)
Tahleel: Laa ilaha ill-Allah (There is no god but Allah)
Tasbeeh: Subhaan-Allah (Glory be to God).
According to most Muslims Qurban is obligatory upon every sane male/female that has wealth in excess to his/her needs. Normally those who are eligible to pay Zakat have to give a Qurban.
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The companions would go to the marketplace and recite the takbeer out loud. The people would also recite after hearing them.
Let us follow their footsteps and encourage others to recite the takbeer as well. As mentioned, it is an act of worship and a proclamation of the greatness of Allah.
Donate Your Qurban or Sadaqah this Dhul Hijjah and reap the rewards of this life and the hereafter.