Hadith on ‘Arafah: Blessings of Dhul-Hijjah, day of Arafat

Jabir reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No days are better to Allah than the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.” A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, are they better or time spent waging jihad in the way of Allah?” The Prophet said, “They are better than time spent waging jihad in the way of Allah. No day is better to Allah than the day of Arafat. Allah descends to the lowest heaven and he boasts to the inhabitants of the heavens about the inhabitants of the earth, saying: Look at my servants, appearing disheveled and dusty. They came from every mountain pass hoping for my mercy. They do not see my punishment, yet they do not see that on no day are more saved from Hellfire than the day of Arafat.

In another narration, the Prophet said, “The best days in this world are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān 3853

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Arna’ut

عَنْ جَابِرٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَا مِنْ أَيَّامٍ أَفْضَلُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ مِنْ أَيَّامِ عَشْرِ ذِي الْحِجَّةِ فَقَالَ رَجُلٌ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ هُنَّ أَفْضَلُ أَمْ عِدَّتُهُنَّ جِهَادًا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ قَالَ هُنَّ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ عِدَّتِهِنَّ جِهَادًا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَمَا مِنْ يَوْمٍ أَفْضَلُ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ مِنْ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ يَنْزِلُ اللَّهُ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ الدُّنْيَا فَيُبَاهِي بِأَهْلِ الْأَرْضِ أَهْلَ السَّمَاءِ فَيَقُولُ انْظُرُوا إِلَى عِبَادِي شُعْثًا غُبْرًا ضَاحِينَ جَاءُوا مِنْ كُلِّ فَجٍّ عَمِيقٍ يَرْجُونَ رَحْمَتِي وَلَمْ يَرَوْا عَذَابِي فَلَمْ يُرَ يَوْمٌ أَكْثَرُ عِتْقًا مِنَ النَّارِ مِنْ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ

وفي رواية أخرى قال أَفْضَلُ أَيَّامِ الدُّنْيَا أَيَّامُ الْعَشْرِ عَشْرِ ذِي الْحِجَّةِ

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