The Day of Mercy

The 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah is called the Day of Arafat, which will occur on 19.7.21, when all the pilgrims performing Hajj arrive at the Plain of Arafat on which stands Mount Arafat or the Mount of Mercy. It is said that this place is where Adam and Eve met after travelling all over the Earth seeking to complete themselves. At this spot, God forgave them from their sin and bestowed the first revelation upon them. Every year the pilgrims stand on the Mount of Mercy asking for forgiveness and mercy. The Prophet told us, “Hajj is Arafat”, emphasising the importance of this Hajj day.

The gathering of millions of people on the Day of Arafat symbolizes the Grand Gathering on the Day of Judgement. Having left their day-to-day world behind, the pilgrim men who are dressed in white, unsown sheets of cloth and the pilgrim women in simple dresses, that reminds them that they are humble servants of the Creator. It also allows them to contemplate their death, when they will again be wrapped in white sheets.

“The pilgrimage takes place during the prescribed months. There should be no indecent speech, misbehaviour, or quarrelling for anyone undertaking the pilgrimage – whatever good you do, God is well aware of it. Provide well for yourselves: the best provision is to be mindful of God – always be mindful of Me, you have the understanding – but it is no offence to seek some bounty from your Lord.
When you surge down from Arafat remember God at the sacred place. Remember Him: He has guided you. Before that that you were astray. Surge down where the rest of the people do, and ask forgiveness of God: He is most forgiving and merciful. When you have completed your rites, remember God as much as you remember your own fathers, or even more. There are some who pray, ‘Our Lord, give us good in this world’, and they will have no share in the Hereafter; others will pray, ‘Our Lord, give us good in this world and in the Hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the fire.’
They will have the share they have worked for: God is swift in reckoning. Remember God on the appointed days. If anyone is in a hurry to leave after two days, there is no blame on him, nor is there any blame on anyone who stays on, so long as they are mindful of God. Be mindful of God, and remember that you will be gathered to Him.” (Quran 2:197-203)

The Prophet, peace and blessings upon him, said, “There is no day in which Allah sets free more souls from the fire of hell than on the Day of Arafat. And on that day, Allah draws near to the earth and by way of exhibiting His pride, remarks to the Angels, ‘What is the desire of these servants of Mine?”

The Prophet also said, “Satan has never been seen to be more mean or humiliated or miserable or vexed that on the Day of Arafat.” That is solely because of what he sees of the revelation of the mercy and forbearance of God toward the sins of the pilgrims on this day. Thus the Prophet said, “There are some sins which are expiated, only by standing on Mount Arafat.”

Imam Ghazali said, “Hajj is one of the fundamentals of Islam. Upon it the foundation of Islam became completed and upon it the religion was completed. It was on the Day of Arafat that the following verse was revealed, “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (Quran 5:3).

For those who cannot make Hajj, it is recommended to fast this day.