Day of Arafat (9th Dhul Hijjah)

Did you know,

That “fasting on the day of Arafat” (i.e. 9th Dhul Hijjah), “which immediately precedes the day of the Eid of Sacrifice” (i.e. Eid Al-Adha), “is also recommended, except for those who are doing the pilgrimage”. [1], [2]



  1. Our Dialogue – “After Ramadan — Some Suggestions [Oct. ’06]” (link)
  2. Our Dialogue – “After Ramadan [Nov. ’09]” (link)
  3. “English Translation of Jāmi‘ At-Tirmidhī”. Compiled by Mohammad Ibn ‘Eisā At-Tirmidhi et al. Darussalam. Nov, 2007. Volume 2, Hadith #749 (Daif), pg 186 (please refer to Comments)

Dhul Hijjah (1435 / 2014)

It has been confirmed by the Saudi authorities that the first of Dhul Hijjah (1435) is Thu, 25-Sept-2014.


So that means (inshAllah),

  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 is the first (1st) day of Dhul Hijjah (1435)
  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 – is the first day of Hajj (8th of Dhul Hijjah)
  • Friday, October 3, 2014 – is the day of Arafat (9th of Dhul Hijjah)
  • Saturday, October 4, 2014 – is Eid ul Adha (10th Dhul Hijjah)

Please visit my previous post here for a graphical calendar of dates above. Also a quick reminder from another previous post,

“It is recommended for a person who has made his clear intention to offer the sacrifice to observe” certain “restrictions from the beginning of the month of Dhul Hijjah until the sacrifice is made. He is simply required not to take anything off his hair or body. Hence, the restrictions are not to cut his hair or clip his nails.”
(excerpt from Dhul Hijjah – First Ten Days)


  • [1] ISNA – Fiqh Council of North America’s Announcement of Eid al Adha 1435/2014 (link)
  • [2] Arab News – Arafat Day on Oct. 3 (link)
  • [3] Emirates 24/7 – UAE Eid Break: Till Monday for government; private till Sunday (link)

Hajj – When is it? – Dates for 2014 (1435)

The days for Hajj for this year (2014 / 1435) are as follows,


Note: The dates above have been confirmed by the authorities in Saudi Arabia (see here).

So how does the actuality above compare to calculations. Good question, below are the calculated phases of the moon for Mecca. Furthermore the Islamic (Hijri) date for 18-Sept-2014, was confirmed on the official Ministry of Hajj Portal to correspond to 23-(Dhul-Qa’dah)-1435. So marking this on the calendar below and if the new moon is sighted in Mecca on Wednesday 24-Sept-2014, this will make the following day, Thursday 25-Sept-2014 the first of Dhul-Hijjah, i.e. 01-(Dhul-Hijjah)-1435. Because we know the first day of Hajj is the 8th of Dhul-Hijjah  so the days for Hajj will be as above.




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Recommended to Fast Six Days Following Ramadan

As Ramadan draws to a finish – just wanted to share this Hadith with everyone,TheWahyProject-Img-Post_20140728.0900So as you can see, it is recommended to fast six days after the end of Ramadan, provided we do not begin with the first day of Shawwal which is the day of Eid. Some commentary on this subject can be found here. [pdf]


  • “English Translation of Sahih Muslim”. Compiled by Imam Abul Hussain Muslim bin al-Hajjaj. Darussalam. June, 2007. Vol 3, Hadith #2758-2760 (Sahih), pg 247-248

Night of Al-Qadr

The Night of Al-Qadr (Laylat al-Qadr) is nearly upon us. Subhan-Allah.

A quick reminder there is a Supplication Sheet available here. This supplication is taken from the following Hadith:

Ref: “English Translation of Jāmi‘ At-Tirmidhī”. Compiled by Mohammad Ibn ‘Eisā At-Tirmidhi et al. Darussalam. Nov, 2007. Volume 6, Hadith #3513 (Sahih), pg 228


Breaking the Fast (Supplication)

Breaking the Fast

Or an alternate recitation,

[1] “English Translation of Sunan Abu Dawud”. Compiled by Imam Hafiz Abu Dawud Sulaiman bin Ash’ath. Darussalam.July, 2008.Vol 3, Hadith #2357 (Hasan), pg 131

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Hajj – Dates for 1434/2013

According to a number of sources (listed below) the days for Hajj for this year (1434 / 2013) are as follows,

So this also means that,

Eid-ul-Adha 1434 is on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

[1] Fiqh Council of North America – link1, link2
[2] Al-Arabiya – link3
[3] Emirates247 – link4
[4] Makkah Calendar – link5

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