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Fasting on the day of Arafa — October 25, 2012

Fasting on the day of Arafa

The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah (the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar) is the Day of ‘Arafah. It is the day when pilgrims stand on the plain of ‘Arafah to pray. On this day, Muslims all over the world who do not witness the annual Hajj should spend the day in fasting, in preparation for the three days festivity following ‘Eid ul-Adha (the celebration marking the end of the Hajj commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness of sacrifice).

Abu Hafsah, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said:

“Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on ‘Ashura, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years.” [Reported by all except al-Bukhari and at-Tirmidhi]

In another saying the Prophet’s wife Hafsah, may Allah be pleased with her, said:

“Four things the Messenger of Allâh never neglected: Observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura, ‘Arafat, three days every month, and offeringfajr sunnah prayers early in the morning.” [Muslim]

These statements are proof that fasting on the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, the day before ‘Eid ul-Adha was a lifelong practice of the Prophet, peace be upon him, as his wife reported.

There are some reports that fasting is prohibited on the Day of ‘Arafah. However, it must be understood that this refers to a person performing the Hajj. If a person is on the Hajj, there is no fast for him or her on the day of ‘Arafah. That is undoubtedly a blessing for him because of the hardships of the pilgrimage. In a saying reported by Umm al-Fadl, may Allah be pleased with her, she said:

“The companions doubted whether the Prophet was fasting on ‘Arafah or not. She decided to prove to them that he was not, so she said, ‘I sent to him milk, which he drank while he was delivering the khutbah (sermon) on ‘Arafah.’ ” [Recorded by al-Bukhari]

Prohibiting the pilgrims from fasting on these days is a great mercy for them, for fasting will exert undue hardship on the person performing the Hajj, while they are primarily concerned with their pilgrimage. Above all, the pilgrim would not be fasting anyway because he is travelling.

Interesting ideas for Dhikr — January 1, 2012

Interesting ideas for Dhikr

  • Fill your Mp3 player/flash drive with audios of Surahs, Supplications, etc. Listen to them when you’re going out and you have nothing much to do. You can also listen to it while driving. This is of course better than using your ipod and time to listen to music.
  • Write down or print out the little Surahs on decorative paper and stick them where ever you’d like. For example behind your room’s door. You could create a collage behind your door of things you like without any human or animal figures and Surahs and Supplications. I’ve done that.
  • You could write your Supplications on ‘post its’ and stick them in a place where you would be saying the Supplication. For example, stick the supplication for before entering the washroom on your washroom’s door.
  • Mark Mondays and Thursdays on your calendar (phone as well) for Fasting. Collect a group of friend and relatives to fast on these days. Remind each other the previous day by a simple text message. Maximize your group :-).

Abu Qatadah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was asked about fasting on Mondays. He said, “That is the day on which I was born and the day on which I received Revelation.” [Muslim].

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Deeds of people are presented (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays. So I like that my actions be presented while I am fasting.” [At-Tirmidhi].

`Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to observe fast on Mondays and Thursdays. [At-Tirmidhi].

  • Have a goal set for reading the Qur’an. For example, finish one juz in so many days or one day, or so many pages for a day. This will make sure that you read the Qur’an every day. Don’t forget to reflect on it.

The Qur’an will be a Proof for or against Us on the Day of Judgement. This is due to the statement of the Messenger: “And the Qur’an is a proof for you or against you.” [Muslim]

Any more ideas anyone?

The voluntary fasts of the Prophet (SAW) — August 18, 2011

The voluntary fasts of the Prophet (SAW)

  • The Prophet (SAW) used to fast two days of the weeks: on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • The Prophet (SAW) used to fast the 13th, 14th, and 15th of every month.
  • The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to fast on the 10th of Muharram every year, and said in the last year of his life, that if Allah gave him life, he would fast two days (9th and 10th of Muharram or 10th and 11th) the following year; but he died before the following Muharram.
  • The Messenger of Allah (SAW) increased his voluntary fasts in the first half of the month of Sha’baan, and fasted more in the month of Sha’baan than in any other month of the year (other than the obligatory fasts of Ramadan).
  • The Messenger of Allah (SAW) guided the believers who were not performing the Hajj pilgrimage to fast on the 9th of Dhil-Hujja or the Day of Arafah.
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