Arafat Day

Hajj, or pilgrimage, is the fifth of the five Pillars of Islam. Every able-bodied Muslim should make the pilgrimage at least once in his or her lifetime, finances permitting.

The Hajj takes place annually during the first 10 days of the  Dhul al-Hijja, the twelfth month of the Islamic year. The Islamic calendar is based on lunar months, so the actual date moves forward about 11 days each year in relation to the western solar calendar.

The 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah (the Month of Hajj) is called the Day of Arafat. This day is the culminating event of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. And it is today!

 The Day of Arafat falls on the 2nd day of pilgrimage rituals. At dawn of this day, nearly 2 million Muslim pilgrims will make their way from  Makkah to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafat and the Plain of Arafat. It was from this site that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, gave his famous Farewell Sermon in his final year of life.
 During the entire day, from dawn until sunset, Muslim pilgrims stand in earnest supplication and devotion, praying for God’s abundant forgiveness. Tears are shed readily as those who gather make repentance and seek God’s mercy, recite words of prayer and remembrance, and gather together as equals before their Lord. Muslims around the world who are not participating in the pilgrimage often spend this day in fasting and devotion.

 The 10th day of the month marks the Eid al-Adha(Festival of Sacrifice). Even for those who are not traveling for the pilgrimage, this is a special time to remember Allah and spend extra time in devotion and good deeds. Muslims sacrifice cattle in memory of Prophet Ibrahim (As) , who was ready to sacrifice his son Ismail (As), at the command of Allah. The sacrifice is divided into three parts, one for the family, one for relatives and friends, and one for the poor. The real thing is in the spirit of piety and submission of Allah which this act expresses.

 This here, is the picture of a crystal model of Masjid Al Nabawi. This is the Majsid (Mosque) which was built when the Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H.)  Migrated to Madinah. This Hijrah Marks the beginning of the year in the Islamic calender.


May Allah bless you all.




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