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

Is it true that 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)

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

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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