Rabat - On the eve of Eid Al Adha, Muslims worldwide are fasting today to be in sync with the ranks making the Hajj in Mecca, which is called Arafat.
Rabat – On the eve of Eid Al Adha, Muslims worldwide are fasting today to be in sync with the ranks making the Hajj in Mecca, which is called Arafat.
“Hajj is Arafat” says the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in what is probably the shortest hadith. These three words make it clear that Hajj means nothing without fasting this day. It is the sole difference Umrah (visiting Mecca during non-Hajj season) and the actual Hajj.
Why is Arafat so important?
Many Islamic scholars attest that Adam and Eve were cast down to two different places on earth. Arafat is where the finally reconnected on earth.
It is also there where the archangel Jibreel came to the Prophet Ibrahim to teach him the rites of Hajj. Arafat derives from Arafah or “he got to know” or “he learned.”
Arafat is a place where people get to know each other since most of the Hujjaj (pilgrims) stay in the same place and meet new friends. There are so many stories of people who have not seen each other in years and then meet during Arafat. It is a place where we get to know ourselves.
Tomorrow Monday will be in Eid Al-Adha.
The Muslim World will remember the sacrifice which was commanded of on Prophet Ibrahim God (Allah) tested Ibrahim by directing him to sacrifice his son, Ishmael. This act of faith is why Muslim sacrifice a lamb. It is an act of knowing the bounty of our Lord.
Arafat, a 70-meter-high hill approximately 20 kilometers east of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is a sacred mount for all Muslims.
Spending the whole day on the top of this holy mount is an essential part of the Hajj. Any Muslim who misses standing on Arafat, also known as the “Mount of Mercy,” has missed Hajj. As the Prophet said, “Hajj is Arafat.”
Every year, more than two million Muslims gather at the sacred hill of Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia for an intense day of worship, fasting, and reflection.