Mount Arafat or Mount Arafah in Arabic transliterated as Jabal Arafāt) is a granite hill located in the east of Makkah city in the plain of Arafat. Arafat is a plain extended to a length of 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Makkha city. Mount Arafat has a height of about 70 m (230 ft) and is also called as the Mount of Mercy or Jabal ar-Rahman. According to Islamic tradition, the hill is the place where the Islamic Prophet Hazrat Muhammad stands and delivered the Farewell Sermon to the Muslims who had accompanied him for the Hajj before the end of his life.
On the 9th of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah which is the last month according to the Islamic calendar. Pilgrims go to Arafat from Masjid ul Haram located in Makkah, for the performance of most important ritual of the Hajj. The Khutbah of Hajj is delivered, Zuhr prayer and Asr prayer are prayed together. The pilgrims spend their whole day on the mountain to supplicate to Allah to forgive their sins and to pray for personal strength in the future and grant obedience toward Allah Almighty.
Arafah rituals end with the sunset and pilgrims then move to a place known as Muzdalifah to continue the rituals of Hajj and they offer Maghrib Prayer and Isha prayer at that place and take a short rest.
The level area surrounding the hill is known as the Plain of Arafat. The term Mount Arafah is sometimes applied to the entire area. It is an important place in Islam and hold significance for Muslims all over the world because during the Hajj, pilgrims spend the afternoon there on the Ninth day of Dhul Hijjah. Failure to be present in the plain of Arafat on the required day make the pilgrimage invalid.
Since late 2010, this place is facilitated with the Makkah Metro to provide convenience to the pilgrims in their traveling. During the time of the Hajj, it would be around 21 km (13 mi) to walk.
Muslim from all over the world gather to perform Hajj as is a mandatory Religious obligation offered by the Muslim who can afford it and are physically fit to perform it, they should do it at least once in their life.
Hajj has many rituals that need to be completed in order to complete the pilgrimage, the visit to Mount Arafat is one of them as it symbolizes the scenario when all the humanity will be gather in front of Allah Almighty on the day of Judgment.
The date to visit the mount Arafat is fixed 9 of Dhul Hijjah according to the Islamic calendar but in Gregorian calendar it varies and date are changed every year according the date when hajj starts according to the date in the calendar.
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