The reward for fasting on the day of ‘Arafah (9th of Dhul Hijjah)

Question

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

 

Answer

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)

 

See here for other virtues and deeds for this blessed day.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar