When is Arafat Day?
How long until Arafat (Haj) Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 80 Days.|
Dates of Arafat Day
Who observes Arafat Day?
|Second day of the Hajj. Named after the geographical area Arafa where the Prophet gave his farewell Sermon|
Arafat Day is the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and is the day before the first day of the major Islamic Holiday of Eid ul-Adha.
Arafat Day falls on the 9th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth and final month in the Islamic calendar.
As the exact day is based on lunar sightings, the date may vary between countries. The date shown on this page is based on the date of Arafat Day in United Arab Emirates.
Traditions of Arafat Day
At dawn on Arafat Day, Muslim pilgrims will make their way from Mina to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafat and the Plain of Arafah. It was here that Muhammad gave his Farewell Sermon in 632 CE.
The Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. This pilgrimage is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey. The state of being capable of performing the Hajj is called istita'ah, and a Muslim who fulfills this condition is called a mustati.
The Hajj is considered the largest annual gathering of people in the world.
The Quran tells of how God asked prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as a test of his faith. As the prophet prepared to submit to God's will, the devil tried to dissuade him and the prophet Ibrahim threw rocks at the devil. This act is repeated by pilgrims at Hajj who throw stones at symbolic pillars.
Part of the hajj is being seen as equal in the eyes of God. All men wear two pieces of white sheet, so that all the attendee’s wealth and social status are the same. Women's clothing is less restrictive, but they must wear white and they can only show their hands and feet.
Unlike other Islamic rites, there is no gender segregation at Hajj. Men and women are permitted to stand side by side.
For a full list of Eid al-Adha holidays by day, click here.
Eid al-Adha concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibraham's (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son.