Sunday, June 27, 2021

Mount Arafat

  Anonymous       Sunday, June 27, 2021

Mount Arafat, also known as 'Jabal Arafat and Jabal ar-Rahmah,' is a granodiorite hill in Saudi Arabia's Makkah province that is approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) south-east of Mecca in the Makkah province.  The mountain reaches an elevation of approximately 70 metres (230 feet). Its highest point is 454 metres above sea level (1,490 feet).

According to Islamic traditions, it is where Prophet Muhammad (SAW) delivered his last Hajj sermon, known as 'Khutbat al-Wada'[4], to his comrades and followers. 

According to Islamic tradition as well as popular belief, Mount Arafat is the site where Adam and Eve (Hawa) first met on earth after their fall from heaven, and that it also serves as a site of forgiveness for them, hence the mountain's name, Jabal ar-Rahmah, which translates as "Mountain of Mercy." A pillar is erected on the summit of the mountain to serve as a marker for the location of this alleged occurrence.

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It is especially important for pilgrims to reach up to the mountains during the Hajj, with the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, also known as the Day of Arafah, named after mountain, being the day on which they leave Mina for Arafat on their journey to Mecca. At the conclusion of the sermon, both the Zuhr and Asr prayers are offered at the same time, completing the khutbah (discourse). The pilgrims spend the entire day pleading with Allah to forgive them of their sins and to grant them salvation.


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