Thursday, July 30 is the Day of Arafah
. We are strongly encouraged to fast on this day.
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 near Makkah, Saudi Arabia, to pray. On this day, Muslims all over the world who do not perform the annual Hajj would spend the day in fasting, in preparation for the three days festivity following Eid Al-Adha (the celebration marking the end of the Hajj commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness of sacrifice).
Abu Hafsah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said:
"Fasting on the Day of Arafah absolves the (minor) 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]
May Allah accept all our Arafah fasting, and accept the Hajj of the pilgrims on this blessed day.