Fasting on the Day of `Arafah

The eminent Muslim scholar and renowned Da`iyah, Sheikh `Abdel Khaliq Hasan Ash-Shareef, states: “There is an authentic hadith to the effect that fasting on the day of `Arafah (9th Dhul-Hijjah) expiates the sins of two years one backward and one forward. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) encouraged Muslims who are not performing Hajj to fast on that day hoping that it causes the forgiveness of sins of one last year and he asked Allah to forgive sins of one coming year due to its fasting, which refers to minor sins only. However, Allah is the All Merciful and His mercy is all inclusive. So, forgiving major sins due to fasting on the day of `Arafah or any other thing is left to Allah alone.

May Allah guide us all to the right path and forgive our sins and grant us happiness in this worldly life and in the Hereafter, amen!”