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What Is the Day of Arafah?

The Day of Arafah is regarded by scholars as the most blessed day of the year. The Prophet said, “There is no day on which Allah frees more people from the Fire than on the day of Arafah.” (Sahih Muslim)

On this day, Muslims who are able should fast. Fasting for just this one day wipes away two years of minor sins.

Remember Allah

If you’re unable to fast — or if you want to gain more blessings while fasting — there are other things you can do to take advantage of this day. According to Hadith, “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)

Here is a breakdown of the tahleel, takbeer, and tahmeed:

  • 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)

You can make dhikr and repeat “SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi, Subhan-Allahi ‘l-`adheem (Glory be to Allah, and Praise, Glory be to Allah, the Supreme).”

The Prophet said, “Two words are light on the tongue, weigh heavily in the balance, they are loved by the Most Merciful One.” (Sahih al-Bukhari; Sahih Muslim) “Whoever says SubhanAllahi wa biHamdihi (Glory be to Allah and Praise Him) a hundred times during the day, his sins are wiped away, even if they are like the foam of the sea.” (Sahih al-Bukhari; Sahih Muslim)

Abu Dharr reported that the Prophet said, “Shall I tell you the words that Allah loves the most?” I said: “Yes, tell me, O Messenger of Allah.” He said: “The words dearest to Allah are: subhanAllah wa bihamdihi.” (Muslim and at-Tirmidhi)

May Allah accept your fasts, prayers, and worship on this blessed day.