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Dua at Arafat

The day of Arafah has a very special significance in Islam. In a tradition Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam said:

« ‏مَا مِنْ يَوْمٍ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ أَنْ يُعْتِقَ اللَّهُ فِيهِ عَبْدًا مِنَ النَّارِ مِنْ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ وَإِنَّهُ لَيَدْنُو ثُمَّ يُبَاهِي بِهِمُ الْمَلاَئِكَةَ فَيَقُولُ مَا أَرَادَ هَؤُلاَءِ ‏»‏‏.‏ (مسلم)

Ma min yaumin aksara min an youtiqallaho fihe abdam minannare min yaume Arafa wa innahu layadnu summa yubahi behemul malaikatu fayaqulo ma arada haulaa’e

Translation: There is no day when Allah Ta’ala sets free more servants from Hell than the Day of ‘Arafa. He (Sub’hanahu wa Ta’ala) draws near, then praises them to the angels, saying: What do they want?  (Muslim).

 

Arafat is a place where prayers are most likely to be answered by Allah Ta’ala. In a tradition Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam said:

« خَيْرُ الدُّعَاءِ دُعَاءُ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ » (الترمذي)

Khairud dua’ae dua’au youme Arafa.

Translation: The best of supplication is the supplication of the Day of `Arafah. (Tirmizi)

Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam kept on saying Sub’hanAllah, Allahu Akbar and La ilaha illAllah and supplicating from Zuhr Salat to Maghrib Salat. (Muslim).

Therefore a person performing Hajj must be busy in supplicating by heart at this blessed place, in addition to recitation of the Holy Quran, doing Zikr, repenting, seeking forgiveness from Allah saying Allahu Akbar and la ilaha illAllah etc. He should invoke Allah’s blessings on the Prophet Muhammad SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam. He should repeat talbiyyah, and supplicate for him in addition to supplicating for his relatives and beloved ones. In a tradition, Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam said:

« يُغْفَرُ لِلْحَاجِّ وَلَمِنِ اسْتَغْفَرَ لَهُ الْحَاجُّ »

Yughfaru lilhajje walamenis taghfara lahu alhajja

Translation: A person performing Hajj is forgiven and the one for whom he seeks forgiveness is also forgiven. (Mustadrak Hakim)

On the day of Arafah, Allah’s Messenger SallAllahu Alaihi wasallam used to repeatedly recite this supplication:

«لاَ إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ المُلْكُ وَلَهُ الحَمْدُ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ»

La ilaha illallahu Wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul mulko wa lahul hamdo, wa Huwa ala kulle shai’in Qadeer.

Translation: ‘There is no god but Allah, alone without any partner. The Kingdom and praise belong to Him and He has power over everything” (Muwatta)

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