A reminder

Alhumdulillah today is Day of Arafat, where those on Hajj are conducting the rituals as part of the pilgrimage. For those of us who have not yet been beckoned to His House, the next best thing for us is to fast.

Fasting on this day is an expiation for two years.

It was reported from Abu Qutaadah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about fasting on the Day of Arafaah. He said, ‘It expiates for the sins of the previous year and of the coming year.’ Narrated by Muslim.

This (fasting) is mustahabb for those who are not on Hajj. In the case of the one who is on Hajj, it is not Sunnah for him to fast on the Day of Arafaah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not fast on this day in Arafaah. It was narrated that he forbade fasting on the Day of Arafaah in Arafaah.

So if one is able to fast, he/she should and seek to achieve the bounties this day brings. Insh’Allah.

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