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Hadith About Fasting on the Day of Arafah and 3 Things We Must Understand

Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of the hadith about fasting on the day of Arafah? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That's why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!

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Specifically, there are four important things about the hadith about fasting on the day of Arafah which I will explain in this article. The four important things I mean are as follows:

What Is the Day of Arafah?

The first important thing about the hadith about fasting on the day of Arafah which I will explain now is "what is the day of Arafah?". I want you to understand that first before you read any further explanation in this article because that is the basic thing in this discussion that should be well understood.

The day of Arafah is one of the noble days in Islam. The writing in Arabic is يَوْمُ عَرَفَةَ. The day of Arafah is the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah.

There is a difference of opinion among Islamic historians as to the reason why the ninth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah is called the day of Arafah:

  1. That when the Prophet Adam and Eve had descended to earth, they separated. Then they met that day at Arafah.
  2. Because Wuquf in Arafah on that day.
  3. Because the Prophet Adam and Eve met on that day on Mount Arafat after they had been separated for so long.
  4. Because on that day Prophet Ibrahim understood that his dream was true. The dream I mean is a dream that ordered Prophet Ibrahim to slaughter his son. And so forth.

In Islam, the day of Arafah has many virtues. We can find one of the virtues of the day of Arafah in the hadith below:

مَا مِنْ يَوْمٍ أَفْضَلُ عِنْدَ اللهِ مِنْ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ يَنْزِلُ اللهُ إلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا فَيُبَاهِي بِأَهْلِ الْأَرْضِ أَهْلَ السَّمَاءِ

There is no day that is more important according to Allah than the day of Arafah. (On the day of Arafah) Allah descended into the heavens of the world and made the inhabitants of the earth proud of the inhabitants of the heavens.

That is a brief explanation of "what is the day of Arafah?". As Muslims, we must understand that.

What Is Fasting on the Day of Arafah?

The second important thing about the hadith about fasting on the day of Arafah which I will explain now is "what is fasting on the day of Arafah?". I want you to understand that now because that is one of the basic things in this discussion that must be well understood.

In the previous paragraphs, I have explained that the day of Arafah is the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah. While fasting is not eating, not drinking, not having sex, from the second dawn until the sun sets with a certain intention.

So, if you ask me, "what is fasting on the day of Arafah?", the answer is not eating, not drinking, not having sex, from the second dawn until sunset with the intention of fasting on the day of Arafah. That's the answer.

That is a brief explanation of "what is fasting on the day of Arafah?". As Muslims, we must understand that.

Hadith About Fasting on the Day of Arafah in Arabic and English

The third important thing about the hadith about fasting on the day of Arafah which I will explain now is 7 hadiths about fasting on the day of Arafah in Arabic and English. I want you to understand them now because they are the main topic of this discussion.

The 7 hadiths about fasting on the day of Arafah in Arabic and English are as follows:

سَأَلَ رَجُلٌ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بن عُمَرَ عَنْ صَوْمِ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ ؟ فَقَالَ : كُنَّا وَنَحْنُ مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَعْدِلُهُ بِصَوْمِ سَنَتَيْنِ

A man asked Ibn Umar about fasting on the day of Arafah, he replied, "We used to be with the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wasallam likening it to fasting for two years."

مَنْ صَامَ يَوْمَ عَرَفَةَ غُفِرَ لَهُ ذَنْبُ سَنَتَيْنِ مُتَتابِعَتَيْنِ

Whoever fasts on the day of Arafah, then his sins are forgiven for two consecutive years.

صِيَامُ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ إِنِّى أَحْتَسِبُ عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يُكَفِّرَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِى قَبْلَهُ وَالسَّنَةَ الَّتِى بَعْدَهُ

Fasting on the day of Arafah, I really hope in Allah, He will forgive sins one year before and one year after.

وَسُئِلَ عَنْ صَوْمِ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ فَقَالَ يُكَفِّرُ السَّنَةَ الْمَاضِيَةَ وَالْبَاقِيَةَ

Allah's Messenger (Prophet Muhammad) was asked about fasting on the day of Arafat, he said: "Remove the sins of one year ago and one year to come."

مَنْ صَامَ يَوْمَ عَرَفَةَ غُفِرَ لَهُ سَنَةٌ أَمَامَهُ وَسَنَةٌ خَلْفَهُ

Whoever fasts on the day of Arafah, he will be forgiven the next year and the year behind it.

مَنْ صَامَ يَوْمَ عَرَفَةَ غُفِرَ لَهُ سَنَةٌ أَمَامَهُ وَسَنَةٌ بَعْدَهُ

Whoever fasts on the day of Arafah, then his sins will be forgiven the year before it and the year after it.

صِيَامُ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ أَحْتَسِبُ عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يُكَفِّرَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِى قَبْلَهُ وَالسَّنَةَ الَّتِى بَعْدَهُ

Fasting on the day of Arafah, I hope in Allah He will forgive sins one year before and one year after.

That is a brief explanation of the hadith about fasting on the day of Arafah in Arabic and English. As Muslims, we must understand that.

The Virtues of Fasting on the Day of Arafah

The fourth important thing about the hadith about fasting on the day of Arafah which I will explain now is the virtues of fasting on the day of Arafah. I want you to understand all of that at the end of this discussion so that you have a good understanding of fasting on the day of Arafah after reading this article.

In general, if we understand the hadith about fasting on the day of Arafah as I have explained in the previous few paragraphs, we can conclude that some of the virtues of fasting on the day of Arafah are as follows:

  1. Fasting on the day of Arafah is one of the recommended fasts in Islam. This means that it is better for Muslims to fast on the day of Arafah.
  2. Fasting on the day of Arafah can wash away sins for two years: sins for the past year and sins for the next year.

That is a brief explanation of the virtues of fasting on the day of Arafah. As Muslims, we must understand that.

All readers! That's a brief explanation of the hadith about fasting on the day of Arafah and some important things about it. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that's enough for this article. May be useful. Amen.

See you again in the next article!

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