Is it true that fasting on the day of ‘Arafah (the 9th of Dhul Hijjah) expiates two years of sins?



Yes this is indeed true. Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) has recorded a narration which discusses the virtues of specific fasts. The following words appear in this narration:

“…Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was asked regarding fasting on the day of ‘Arafah. He replied, “[Fasting will] expiate the sins of the past and future year…”

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1162)


The above Hadith, as well as other Hadiths of similar nature, refers to minor sins. A person will have to make sincere tawbah for his major sins to be forgiven.

(Refer: Al Minhaj of Imam Nawawi, under Hadith: 2738)


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And Allah Ta’ala knows best.


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