Laa Ilaaha illa-l-laah; wahdahu laa shareeka lah; Lahul-mulk wa lah-ul-hamd; wa huwa alaa kulli shay’in qadeer.”
The Prophet [s.a.w.s] also said:
“There is not a Muslim who supplicates Allah with a prayer that does not comprise a sin or the severing of human relationship except that Allah thereby grants him one of three things: either that the answer to his prayer is quickened for him [in this world]; or it is saved in store for him in the Hereafter; or an evil is warded off him to its extent.” The Companions responded: “In that case, we would multiply [our prayers]!” He replied: “Allah shall multiply [the answers thereto!” [Ahmad and Al-Tirmidhi]
  • Consequently, in his supplications, the pilgrim should avoid prayers that transgress upon the sanctities of Allah; the holiness of the time and of the place; and the bond of brotherhood that ties all the human family together.
  • There are no supplications received from the Prophet [s.a.w.s] specifically for this occasion. Therefore, the pilgrim may choose to supplicate according to his wishes and aspirations, and in the language that he is fluent in.
  • However, he should strive to make use of the Adhkaar and Supplications generally received from the Prophet [s.a.w.s], as they are the most comprehensive, the most useful, and blessed too. They would fit all occasions: at the ‘Arafah; at Al-Mash’ar Al- Haram; in-between the Jamrahs; at Al-Safa and Al-Marwa; on the three Ayyam Al-Tashriq in Mina; and at every time and place where supplications may be made.
  • In his invaluable books, “Al-Du’a’ Min Al-Kitab wa Al-Sunnah” and “Manasik Al-Hajj wa Al-‘Umrah fi Al-Islam fi Dau’i Al-Kitab wa Al Sunnah”, Shaykh Sa’eed bin ‘Ali Al-Qahtani has listed over 120 such supplications. Pilgrims would do themselves a lot of good if they studied these supplications as an important part of their preparation for the Hajj and ‘Umrah. [Pilgrims may check the internet for Android versions of these supplications]
  • The pilgrim continues in this solemn state of making the Talbiyyah, Dhikr, reciting the Qur’an, making supplications, and hoping that Allah include him among His servants, whom He sets free on this day and boasts of them to His angels. [Muslim and Ahmad]
  • The pilgrim remains in this humble and spiritually-charged state at the Plains of ‘Arafah until the sun has set. However, if boredom overtakes him, the pilgrim may engage his colleagues in beneficial talk or reading books of beneficial knowledge in order to relax and charge himself up in order to continue with the routines of this blessed day.
  • The time for standing/being present at ‘Arafah lasts up to and expires at the dawn of the following day, the 10th of Dhul Hijjah. If the pilgrim misses this period, then the Hajj has escaped him!
  • The pilgrim must stay at ‘Arafah till sunset, so that he combines in his standing between the day and the night. He does not pray Al- Maghrib in ‘Arafah but he combines it with Al-’Isha’ at the time of Al-’Isha’ in Muzdalifah. One Adhan (call for prayer) shall be made, but each of the two Salahs should have an Iqamah (call to start the prayer). He makes three raka’ahs for Al-Maghrib and shortens Al- ’Isha’ to two raka’ahs.