Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

Episode 9: The Wonders of ‘Arafah

‘Arafah is the core of Hajj. It was narrated by Aisha (ra) that the Prophet ﷺ said, “There is no day in which Allah sets free more souls from the fire of Hell than on the Day of ‘Arafah.”

Episode Transcript

(Note: the transcript has been edited for clarity)

0:00 – 1:11 The core of Hajj is Arafah

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmah Allah wa Barakatuhu, welcome back to the Virtues of Dhul-Hijjah.

This is the day of Arafah, it is the most blessed day of the year. It is the day in which Allah boasts to the angels of His servants gathered together, all covered in dust, all covered in dirt, disheveled but calling upon Him, invoking Him for His Mercy, and people all over the world doing the same.

The Prophet SAW said ‘Al-Hajju Arafah,’ “Hajj is Arafah”, and what he, SAW, meant by that is that the core of Hajj is Arafah. The core of Hajj is really contained in those moments, those blessed moments of Arafah.

Same way that the Prophet SAW said “Alduaa huwa al’ibada“, that supplication is worship or he said “Alnadmu tawba“, that regret is repentance. It’s not that it is only
regret that is repentance, but the core of true repentance is sincere regret, and then everything that stems from that will be beneficial.

Likewise Arafah is Hajj, it is the core of Hajj and it has significance to all of us around the world.

1:12 – 2:46 Allah responds to every single supplication that day 

The Prophet SAW said there is no day in which Allah sets free more souls from the fire than on the day of Arafah, and on that day Allah draws near to the earth and by way of exhibiting his pride remarks to the Angels “Ma Arada Ha uwla“- “What is it that these servants of Mine are asking Me for so that I may Grant it to them? What is it that these servants of Mine are asking Me for?”

Imagine the scene of Arafah, of all of these people- four million people all making du’a at the same time, all supplicating to Allah in the same valley at the same time, in their different languages with their sincere requests, and Allah honoring each and every single one of them at that moment, answering their supplications.

Each and every single one of them as they call out to Allah with their hearts and with their souls and in their own languages, and Allah SWT not depriving a single one of them. Imagine how blessed that is when the people all over the world on that day also try to be a part of that blessing and call upon Allah SWT wherever they are on this best day of the year, begging Allah for forgiveness, seeking Allah’s pleasure, seeking Allah’s bounty for everything in their lives, and Allah answering each and every single one of them in the different languages in Arafah and in the different places all around the world.

Dear brothers and sisters, the benefits of Hajj and Arafah reach the entire Ummah, they reach the entire nation. So pray for yourself, pray for your Ummah, pray for the people
around the world, your Ummah around the world, and let the benefit flow inshaAllah ta’ala
because this is the most blessed day of the year.

2:47 – 4:33 Shaytan is humiliated and in despair

Fasting this day is important. Praying this day is important. Making du’a this day is important. Not doing anything that removes the blessings of this day in terms of sin is important.

And the Prophet SAW, finally he said to us that “There is no day in the year in which the Shaytan is more humiliated and in more despair than he is on this day” – the day of Arafah.

Why? Because he sees these people, he sees you and he’s been working for your entire life to take you away from your Creator. Then on this day, in these few hours you call upon Allah, and Allah forgives you for all of your sins. Allah puts you back in good ranking and good standing, and all of his efforts to delude you and to take you astray are in vain. He sees all of these people calling upon Allah SWT, being forgiven, leaving his grasp into the Mercy of Allah SWT, and he feels completely humiliated.

He sees the descent of the angels coming upon these people, and Allah SWT hearing the reports of the angels and forgiving these people. The Prophet SAW said the only day that he was more humiliated was the day of Badr when he saw Jibreel (as) and his army descend. So it was when he saw Jibreel (as) and the angels descend, Shaytan thought that the end of Islam was gonna be the battle of Badr, but when he saw Jibreel (as) descend, the Angel Gabriel descend, he knew that he was going to lose this battle.

Likewise on the day of Arafah, when he sees all of these angels descending and he sees these people being forgiven, he knows that he’s lost the battle with you as an individual. Make this the day in which you completely stamp Shaytan out of your life, and you are completely freed from any type of punishment, and you are amongst those that Allah boasts about and earn His pleasure.

4:34 – 1:06 Du’a

May Allah SWT accept from us all this momentous occasion. Please keep us in your dua, as well inshaAllah ta’ala, as Yaqeen inshaAllah ta’ala in your du’a, the entire Yaqeen family and all of your brothers and sisters around the world.

May Allah accept it from us. JazakumAllahu Khayran. Wassalamu Alaykum wa Rahma Allah Wabarakatu.

Dr. Omar Suleiman

Dr. Omar Suleiman

President | Imam Dr. Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University.