Day of Arafa – The 9th Day of Dhul Hijjah

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• After Fajr prayers and after sunrise, the pilgrim travels from Mina to Arafat. You should increase the repetition of Talbiyah and Takbeer with loud voice (Women should not raise their voices while saying it).

• In Arafat, the accommodations are even less comfortable than those in Mina, BUT you are now closer to achieving your goal: an Accepted Hajj (Insha-Allah). Continue to be patient and continue to increase your duaa and supplications to Allah, especially after Zuhr and Asr prayers. Remember “Standing In Arafat” is a pillar of Hajj and without it; your Hajj will not be complete. Also remember, the Prophet said “Alhajju Arafah” to highlight its importance.

• It is a Sunnah to go to the Namirah Mosque to listen to the sermon, and to combine Zuhr and Asr prayers in advance at the time of Zuhr, with one Azan and two Iqamas, praying in congregation with the Imam without performing Sunnah prayers in between.

• Devote as much time as possible, especially in the afternoon to do Du’a (supplication) and be persistent and sincere. If possible, it is better to stand where the Messenger stood at the big rocks at the foot of the Mount of Mercy, otherwise standing anywhere in Arafat is Okay.

• Recite the Talbiyah, Du’a and Qur’an as often as you can, either while standing or sitting. Supplicate in a low voice, be persistent and repeat your Du‘a three times. You should be facing the direction of the Ka‘bah, start and conclude your Du‘a by praising and glorifying Allah and paying salutations upon the Prophet .

The best supplications (du’ua) on that day are the words of our prophet Muhammad and also the words of the prophets before him, which are as follows:
لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له الملك وله الحمد يحيي ويميت وهو حي لا يموت بيده الخير وهو
علي كل شئ قدير

“La Ilaha illa Allah, Wahdahu laa shareeka lah. Lahul el-mulk wa lahul el-hamd, yuhyee wa yumeet, wa hoa Hayyon Laa Yamut, Beyadehe Alkhayr, Wa hoa ala kulli shai’in qadeer.” (There is no deity but Allah, Alone. He has no partner. Sovereignty belongs to Him. All praise belongs to Him. He gives life and inflicts death and He is over all things competent).

The 9th Day of Dhul Hijjah

ADVICE: Try to offer as many acts of charity and good deeds on the day of Arafat

and throughout the entire ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.(Quran Ch. 89)

وَالْفَجْرِ ﴿ ١﴾ وَلَيَالٍ عَشْر

• You should remain in Arafat until Sunset then you go to Muzdalifah. This way you combine in your standing in Arafat part of the day and part of the night.

• In Muzdalifah : You combine Maghrib and Isha prayer at the time of Isha by One Azan and Two Iqama. Isha is to be shortened to two Rakaas and no other nafl prayers are offered.

.{ (فَإِذَا أَفَضْتُم مِّنْ عَرَفَاتٍ فَاذْكُرُواْ اللَّ عِندَ الْمَشْعَرِ الْحَرَامِ{ )سورة البقرة: 198

• NoteYou should spend the night in Muzdalifah (as it is the opinions of the majority of scholars and schools of thoughts. However, the elderly and the sick have permission to leave after midnight AND they can also do Ramy (Jamarat Al- Aqaba) at night before sunrise.

Note: You may collect the stones in Muzdalifah, in the way to Minaa, or in Minaa. You need a total of 70 pebbles [7 for

the first day + [ (3 times 7 =21) times 2 days] + 21 stones for the third optional day] .

The pebbles should be small stones, about the size of an almond, a pistachio in its shell, or a similar size.

Note: The accommodations in Muzdalifah are BY FAR the LEAST comfortable of any other accommodations that you may have encountered in your lifetime. BUT remember you just achieved a major milestone of your Hajj, a Lifetime journey, and you are a lot closer to achieving your Goal. Within few hours you will take off your Ihram and start getting back to your comfort.

Please continue to be patient and concentrate on achieving your Goal: an Accepted Hajj


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