Day of Arafah Date in the current year: September 12, 2016

Day of Arafah The Day of Arafah (also referred to as the Day of Repentance) is an Islamic festival celebrated on the ninth day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah. It is the second day of the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

This day commemorates the final sermon of Muhammad which the prophet gave in his final year of life. It is believed that on this day the religion was perfected and Allah's blessings were complete. The completion of the blessings of Allah refers to forgiveness for sins. Therefore on the Day of Arafah Muslims are expected to fast to repent their sins and seek to be forgiven by Allah.

At dawn on the Day of Arafah, Muslim pilgrims go to a granite hill east of Mecca known as Mount Arafat or the Mount of Mercy. It is believed to be the place where Muhammad delivered his last sermon. They spend the whole day on the mount asking Allah to forgive their sins and give them personal strength to abstain from sins in the future.

Being present on the Plain of Arafat on the required day is the essence of the pilgrimage in Islam. Being absent invalidates the Hajj, as Muhammad said, “Hajj is Arafah”.

The Day of Arafah is followed by Eid al-Adha, the major Islamic holiday also known as the Greater Eid, the lesser being Eid al-Fitr.

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