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Mount Arafat, Mecca

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Mount Arafat (Arabic: جَبَل عَرَفَات‎, romanized: Jabal ʿArafāt), and by its other Arabic name, Jabal ar-Raḥmah (Arabic: جَبَل ٱلرَّحْمَة‎, lit. 'mountain of mercy'), is a granodiorite hill about 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Mecca, in the province of the same name in Saudi Arabia. The mountain is approximately 70 m (230 ft) in height, with its highest point sitting at an elevation of 454 metres (1,490 feet).

According to some Islamic traditions, the hill is the place where the Prophet Muhammad stood and delivered the Farewell Sermon, also known as the Khutbat al-Wada', to his Sahabah (Comapnions) who had accompanied him for the Hajj towards the end of his life. Some Muslims also believe that Mount Arafat is the place where Adam and Eve (Hawa) reunited on Earth after falling from Heaven, believing the mountain to be the place where they were forgiven, hence giving it the name Jabal ar-Rahmah, meaning "Mountain of Mercy". A pillar is erected on top of the mountain to show where this event is believed to have taken place.

The mountain is especially important during the Hajj, with the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, also known as the Day of 'Arafah after the mountain itself, being the day when Hajj pilgrims leave Mina for Arafat; this day is considered to be the most important day of the Hajj. The khutbah (sermon) is delivered and Zuhr and Asr prayers are prayed together in the valley. The pilgrims spend the whole day on the mountain invoking Allah to forgive their sins.
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  • g place. blessed are the one who are invited to be present there and hope to visit again. we could not climb the hill but mad our duas from a distance. many make the mistake of facing the hill and....  more »
  • It’s was an memorable experience, very busy, very warm, friendly people, clean, hajj ministry has made it much easier for people,  more »
  • Excellent service by Saudi authority of haj, awesome place, even you find hospitals and fire fighter station every were in Arafat ,cold drinking water and bathroom along with road, for transportation roads are very wide and metro train are there overall very good facility provided by haj ministry for lakhs of haj pilgrimage., Allah bless you all.According to Islamic tradition, the hill is the place where the Prophet Muhammad stood and delivered the Farewell Sermon to the Muslims who had accompanied him for the Hajj towards the end of his life.
  • Visiting this place gives you spiritual and mental satisfaction. It is the place where God had accepted the repentance of Adam AS and Hawa AS

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