Monday, November 15, 2010

Labbaik Allah Humma Labbaik

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, “There is no day on which Allah frees more of His slaves from Fire than the Day of Arafat, and He verily draws near, then boasts of them before the angles, saying: ‘What do they seek?’” (Sahih Muslim)

The 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah (the Month of Hajj) is called the Day of Arafat. Nearly 3 million pilgrims will make their way from Mecca to the plain of Arafat. This is one of the most spiritual journeys of Hajj. Mount Arafat is the site that the beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) delivered his farewell sermon in his final year.

I have never been on Hajj but I can only imagine what those 3 million pilgrims are feeling at this very moment. Some are doctors, many wealthy business owners, mothers and children; some are happy and have wonderful families whilst some are in pain from losing loved ones. Whatever circumstances each of those 3million face there is one thing that they all have in common on this special day; they are all standing equal before Allah with tears clouding their eyes. Their outer garments are all the same, no one is superior to each other on this day. They will stand alongside each other the entire day from dawn to dusk supplicating to Allah and asking for abundant forgiveness. It is said that on this day the doors of heaven will open and the prayers will be answered.

I don’t think you will witness what true Islamic brother and sisterhood is anywhere in the world besides at this particular day. I pray with all my might that the hujjaj carry this with them long after hajj is over. I pray that all Muslims will love for their brother what they love for themselves and that the essence of unity prevails.


  1. This sends me back to that day exactly... nothing can explain the yearning to prolong that time at Arafat during the waqt of Wuqoof, and then the longing to be back there from the moment one leaves.

    I should really collate my hajj notes and upload!

    Adding you to my Google Reader :)

  2. beautiful photo and description of day of wuquf...