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Hajj – The Sermon at `Arafaat (Ahadith 1496 – 1498)


Volume 2, Book 26, Number 796:

Narrated Ibn Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu):

I heard the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)  delivering a sermon at ‘Arafat.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 797:

Narrated Abu Bakra (radiallaahu `anhu):

The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) delivered to us a sermon on the Day of Nahr. He said, “Do you know what is the day today?” We said, “Allah and His Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) know better.” He remained silent till we thought that he might give that day another name. He said, “Isn’t it the Day of Nahr?” We said, “It is.” He further asked, “Which month is this?” We said, “Allah and His Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) know better.” He remained silent till we thought that he might give it another name. He then said, “Isn’t it the month of Dhul-Hijja?” We replied: “Yes! It is.” He further asked, “What town is this?” We replied, “Allah and His Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) know it better.” He remained silent till we thought that he might give it another name. He then said, “Isn’t it the forbidden (Sacred) town (of Mecca)?” We said, “Yes. It is.” He said, “No doubt, your blood and your properties are sacred to one another like the sanctity of this day of yours, in this month of yours, in this town of yours, till the day you meet your Lord. No doubt! Haven’t I conveyed Allah’s message to you? They said, “Yes.” He said, “O Allah! Be witness. So it is incumbent upon those who are present to convey it (this information) to those who are absent because the informed one might comprehend it (what I have said) better than the present audience, who will convey it to him. Beware! Do not renegade (as) disbelievers after me by striking the necks (cutting the throats) of one another.”

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 798:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):

At Mina, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Do you know what is the day today?” The people replied, “Allah and His Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) know it better.” He said, “It is the forbidden (sacred) day. And do you know what town is this?” They replied, “Allah and His Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) know it better.” He said, “This is the forbidden (Sacred) town (Mecca). And do you know which month is this?” The people replied, “Allah and His Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) know it better.” He said, “This is the forbidden (sacred) month.” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) added, “No doubt, Allah made your blood, your properties, and your honor sacred to one another like the sanctity of this day of yours in this month of yours in this town of yours.” Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu): On the Day of Nahr (10th of Dhul-Hijja), the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) stood in between the Jamrat during his Hajj which he performed (as in the previous Hadith) and said, “This is the greatest Day (i.e. 10th of Dhul-Hijjah).” The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) started saying repeatedly, “O Allah! Be Witness (I have conveyed Your Message).” He then bade the people farewell. The people said, “This is Hajjat-al-Wada).”


Another version of the sermon found at IslamQA:

“O people, listen to my words, for I do not know if I will meet you again after this year. O people, your blood, your wealth and your honour are sacred to you as the sanctity of this day of yours, in this month of yours, in this land of yours. Every practice of the jaahiliyyah is beneath my feet and the blood feuds of the jaahiliyyah are cancelled. The first claim of blood that I abolish is that of Ibn Rabee’ah ibn al-Haarith, who was suckled among the tribe of Bani Sa’d and was killed by Hudhayl. The ribaa of the jaahiliyyah is abolished, and the first ribaa that I abolish is that of ‘Abbaas ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib. It is abolished completely.

Fear Allaah concerning women, for you have taken them on the security of Allaah and have made their bodies lawful to you by the words of Allaah.  Your right over them is that they should not allow anyone whom you dislike to sit on your bed. If they do that, then hit them, but not severely. Their rights over you are that you should be kind to them and clothe them properly.

I have left you with something which, if you adhere to it, you will not go astray after I am gone: the Book of Allaah. If you were asked about me, what would you say?” They said: “We would bear witness that you have conveyed (the message), fulfilled (the trust) and advised us sincerely.” Then he pointed with his index finger towards the sky and then towards the people, and said, “O Allaah, bear witness, O Allaah bear witness,” three times.

When Allaah perfected this religion and its basic principles had been established, Allaah revealed to him in ‘Arafaah:

“This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion

[al-Maa’idah 5:3 – interpretation of the meaning]


Here’s another longer version. Don’t know about its authenticity, though.

There’s a lot of lessons to be derived from this sermon, and you’ll find a lot of material on it online and in books etc. I’ll just make one point here. People who are more knowledgeable than others can revive this Sunnah during Hajj – this Sunnah of preaching at `Arafaat. Advise your fellow hujjaaj (pilgrims) and admonish them. It doesn’t have to be a sermon like that of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam), but it can be a reminder or two taken from his teachings. It’s doable, right?

Did you know? This Hajj is called Hujjat al-Wadaa’ (the Farewell Pilgrimage) because in it the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) bade farewell to the people, and he did not perform Hajj after that.


Hajj – `Arafaat and the Journey to Muzdalifah (Ahadith 1421 – 1432)


Volume 2, Book 26, Number 721:

Narrated Muhammad bin Abu Bakr Al-Thaqafi:

I asked Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu) while we were proceeding from Mina to ‘Arafat, “What do you use to do on this day when you were with Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)?” Anas (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Some of us used to recite Talbiya and nobody objected to that, and others used to recite Takbir and nobody objected to that.”

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 722:

Narrated Salim:

‘Abdul Malik wrote to Al-Hajjaj that he should not differ from Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) during Hajj. On the Day of ‘Arafat, when the sun declined at midday, Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) came along with me and shouted near Al-Hajjaj’s cotton (cloth) tent. Al-Hajjaj came out, wrapping himself with a waist-sheet dyed with safflower, and said, “O Abu Abdur-Rahman! What is the matter?” He said, If you want to follow the Sunna (the tradition of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) ) then proceed (to ‘Arafat).” Al-Hajjaj asked, “At this very hour?” Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Yes.” He replied, “Please wait for me till I pour some water over my head (i.e. take a bath) and come out.” Then Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) dismounted and waited till Al-Hajjaj came out. So, he (Al-Hajjaj) walked in between me and my father (Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu)). I said to him, “If you want to follow the Sunna then deliver a brief sermon and hurry up for the stay at ‘Arafat.” He started looking at ‘Abdullah (Ibn ‘Umar) (radiallaahu `anhu) (inquiringly), and when ‘Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu) noticed that, he said that he had told the truth.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 723:

Narrated Um Al-Fadl bint Al Harith (radiallaahu `anhaa):

On the day of ‘Arafat, some people who were with me, differed about the fasting of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) some said that he was fasting while others said that he was not fasting. So I sent a bowl full of milk to him while he was riding his camel, and he drank that milk.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 724:

Narrated Salim bin ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar:

‘Abdul-Malik bin Marwan wrote to Al-Hajjaj that he should follow ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) in all the ceremonies of Hajj. So when it was the Day of ‘Arafat (9th of Dhul-Hajja), and after the sun has deviated or has declined from the middle of the sky, I and Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) came and he shouted near the cotton (cloth) tent of Al-Hajjaj, “Where is he?” Al-Hajjaj came out. Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “Let us proceed (to ‘Arafat).” Al-Hajjaj asked, “Just now?” Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) replied, “Yes.” Al-Hajjaj said, “Wait for me till I pour water on me (i.e. take a bath).” So, Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) dismounted (and waited) till Al-Hajjaj came out. He was walking between me and my father. I informed Al-Hajjaj, “If you want to follow the Sunna today, then you should shorten the sermon and then hurry up for the stay (at ‘Arafat).” Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “He (Salim) has spoken the truth.”

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 725:

Narrated Muhammad bin Jubair bin Mut’im:

My father said, “(Before Islam) I was looking for my camel ..” The same narration is told by a different sub-narrator. Jubair bin Mut’im (radiallaahu `anhu) said, “My camel was lost and I went out in search of it on the day of ‘Arafat, and I saw the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) standing in ‘Arafat. I said to myself: By Allah he is from the Hums (literally: strictly religious, Quraish were called so, as they used to say, ‘We are the people of Allah we shall not go out of the sanctuary). What has brought him here?”

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 726:

Narrated ‘Urwa:

During the pre-lslamic period of Ignorance, the people used to perform Tawaf of the Ka’ba naked except the Hums; and the Hums were Quraish and their offspring. The Hums used to give clothes to the men who would perform the Tawaf wearing them; and women (of the Hums) used to give clothes to the women who would perform the Tawaf wearing them. Those to whom the Hums did not give clothes would perform Tawaf round the Ka’ba naked. Most of the people used to go away (disperse) directly from ‘Arafat but they (Hums) used to depart after staying at Al-Muzdalifa. ‘Urwa added, “My father narrated that ‘Aisha (radiallaahu `anhaa) had said, ‘The following verses were revealed about the Hums: Then depart from the place whence all the people depart–(2.199) ‘Urwa added, “They (the Hums) used to stay at Al-Muzdalifa and used to depart from there (to Mina) and so they were sent to ‘Arafat (by Allah’s order).”

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 727:

Narrated ‘Urwa:

Usama (radiallaahu `anhu) was asked in my presence, “How was the speed of (the camel of) Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) while departing from ‘Arafat during the Hajjatul Wada?” Usama (radiallaahu `anhu) replied, “The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) proceeded on with a modest pace, and when there was enough space he would (make his camel) go very fast.”

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 728:

Narrated Usama bin Zaid (radiallaahu `anhu):

As soon as the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) departed from ‘Arafat, he went towards the mountain pass, and there he answered the call of) the prayer is ahead of you (i.e. at asked, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! Will you offer the prayer here?” He replied, “(The place of) the prayer is ahead of you (i.e. at Al-Muzdalifa).”

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 729:

Narrated Nafi’:

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) used to offer the Maghrib and ‘Isha’ prayers together at Jam’ (Al-Muzdalifa). But he used to pass by that mountain pass where Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) went, and he would enter it and answer the call of nature and perform ablution, and would not offer any prayer till he had prayed at Jam.’

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 730:

Narrated Usama bin Zaid (radiallaahu `anhu)

rode behind Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) from ‘Arafat and when Allah’s Apostle reached the mountain pass on the left side which is before Al-Muzdalifa he made his camel kneel and then urinated, and then I poured water for his ablution. He performed light ablution and then I said to him: (Is it the time for) the prayer, O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)!” He replied, “The (place of) prayer is ahead of you (i.e. at Al-Muzdalifa).” So Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) rode till he reached Al-Muzdalifa and then he offered the prayer (there) . Then in the morning (10th Dhul-Hijja) Al-Fadl (bin Abbas) (radiallaahu `anhu) rode behind Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam). Kuraib, (a sub-narrator) said that ‘Abdullah bin Abbas (radiallaahu `anhu) narrated from Al-Fadl (radiallaahu `anhu), “Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) kept on reciting Talbiya (during the journey) till he reached the Jamra.” (Jamrat-al-Aqaba)

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 731:

Narrated Ibn Abbas. (radiallaahu `anhu):

I proceeded along with the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) on the day of ‘Arafat (9th Dhul-Hijja). The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) heard a great hue and cry and the beating of camels behind him. So he beckoned to the people with his lash, “O people! Be quiet. Hastening is not a sign of righteousness.”

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 732:

Narrated Usama bin Zaid (radiallaahu `anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) proceeded from ‘Arafat and dismounted at the mountainous pass and then urinated and performed a light ablution. I said to him, “(Shall we offer) the prayer?” He replied, “The prayer is ahead of you (i.e. at Al-Muzdalifa).” When he came to Al-Muzdalifa, he performed a perfect ablution. Then Iqama for the prayer was pronounced and he offended the Maghrib prayer and then every person made his camel kneel at his place; and then Iqama for the prayer was pronounced and he offered the (‘Isha’) prayer and he did not offer any prayer in between them (i.e. Maghrib and ‘Isha’ prayers).

  1. Talbiyah or Takbir is to be recited during the Hajj days (including 9th Dhul-Hijjah).
  2. Fasting on the 9th is mustahab (recommended).
  3. When the sun rises on the day of ‘Arafah, the pilgrim travels from Mina to ‘Arafah and stops in Namirah until the time of Zuhr (Namirah is a place just before ‘Arafah), if he can do so. If he cannot do it, it does not matter because staying in Namirah is Sunnah but it is not obligatory. When the sun passes its zenith (i.e., when the time for Zuhr prayer begins), he should pray Zuhr and ‘Asr, two rak’ahs each, and join them together at the time of Zuhr, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did, so as to leave a lot of time for standing and making du’aa’.

    Then after the prayer he should devote his time to making dhikr and du’aa’ and beseeching Allaah, and praying as he likes, raising his hands and facing the qiblah even if the mountain of ‘Arafah is behind him, because the Sunnah is to face the qiblah, not the mountain. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) stood by the mountain and said, “I am standing here, but all of ‘Arafah is the place of standing.”

    Most of the Prophet’s du’aa’ in that great place of standing was: “Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk, wa lahu’l-hamd, wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer (There is no god but Allaah alone, with no partner or associate; His is the Dominion, all praise is due to Him, and He is able to do all things).”

    If the pilgrim gets tired and wants to have a break by talking to his companions about useful things or by reading from some useful books, especially things that have to do with the generosity and great bounty of Allaah, in order to increase his hopes on that day, this is good.  Then he can go back to beseeching Allaah and praying to Him. He should strive to make the most of the end of the day by making du’aa’. The best of du’aa’ is du’aa’ made on the day of ‘Arafah.

  4. When the sun sets, the pilgrim should go to Muzdalifah. When he reaches there, he should pray Maghrib and ‘Isha’ with one adhaan and two iqaamahs. If he fears that he will not reach Muzdalifah before midnight, he should pray on the way, because it is not permissible to delay ‘Isha’ prayer until after midnight.
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