​Day of Arafah – July 29, 2020

Wed Jul 29

The Day of Arafah (or Arafat) occurs on the ninth day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul Hijja. As a rule, this day is usually about 70 days after Ramadan has ended. ​The Day of Arafah is an important day for Muslims because it recognizes where Muhammad gave his “farewell address” as the end of his life was growing near. Each year, a large number of pilgrims gather in Mecca on Mount Arafat. In the United Arab Emirates, ​The Day of Arafah is considered a public holiday.

​Day of Arafah timeline

571 AD

Birth of a prophet

It is believed that the prophet Muhammad was born in this year.

​609 AD

Documentation begins

Muslims believe that verbal recordings of the Quran starts.

​632 AD

​Muhammad's Farewell Address

​​The prophet Muhammad delivers his Farewell Sermon upon Mount Arafat.


Saudi Arabia

The two kingdoms of the Hejaz and Nejd are united as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).


The journey

Muslim pilgrims, at dawn, make their way to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafah to mark the day.

How to Observe ​Day of Arafah

  1. Make a pilgrimage to Mount Arafat

    Devout Muslims should consider making a pilgrimage to Mecca in order to partake in the religious events that occur on Mount Arafat each year during The ​Day of Arafah. Many find this pilgrimage a time of religious renewal.

  2. Participate in a fast

    The ​Day of Arafah is a time for fasting. Even if you're not Muslim, you might want to consider fasting on this day in order to connect with your own spiritual beliefs.

  3. Ask someone for forgiveness

    The ​Day of Arafah is a time to atone for sins. If there is someone in your life to whom you owe an apology, make it a point to reach out to them on this day to ask them for forgiveness.

​5 Arafat Day Traditions

  1. ​"Stoning the devil"

    ​During Arafat Day, there is a tradition where pilgrims cast stones at a pillar as part of a "stoning the devil" ritual.

  2. The word

    ​The annual pilgrimage that many Muslims take to Mecca each year is referred to as "Hajj."

  3. The pilgrimage

    Every Muslim who is physically and financially able must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in his/her life​.

  4. Fasting does double duty

    When a Muslim fasts on Arafat Day, it is believed that sins are absolved for both the past and upcoming years​.

  5. ​Which name is it?

    ​Whether you refer to it as Arafat Day or Day of Arafah, both terms are acceptable.

Why ​Day of Arafah is Important

  1. The ​Day of Arafah is a time to ask for forgiveness

    For the Islamic people, The ​Day of Arafah offers a time to repent. For many, this day serves as a time of spiritual renewal and offers a great opportunity to connect closer with Allah.

  2. It's a public holiday

    The ​Day of Arafah occurs during a week full of holy Islamic celebrations. If you're in the United Arab Emirates, the Day of Arafat is usually considered a public holiday so many businesses are closed, and a great deal of people have the day off from work.

  3. The ​Day of Arafah begins Eid al-Adha

    The ​Day of Arafah ushers in the Islamic "Festival of Sacrifice," or "Eid al-Adha." It's celebrated by Muslims throughout the world, and recognizes Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his own son if it would have been pleasing to Allah.