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July 5, 2022
We are in the blessed first ten days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah, a sacred time for Muslims across the world, especially those who were privileged to go on Hajj this year, including ING’s Founder Maha Elgenaidi. Hajj begins this year on the evening of Thursday, July 7 and ends on the evening of Tuesday, July 12. The climax of Hajj is the Day of Arafah when pilgrims gather on the plain and hillside of Mount Arafat and spend the day in supplication (du’a), seeking forgiveness, and remembrance (dhikr) of God. Arafah is the day on which the Prophet Muhammad (p) gave his farewell sermon and the day on which according to the Quran, Islam was perfected as a religion: “This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.” (Quran 5:3) The Day of Arafah is also known as a day in which one’s sins are forgiven if one sincerely turns to God for forgiveness. According to prophetic sayings (Hadith), fasting on Arafah atones for the sins of the preceding and coming year. For Muslims across the world, the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah and especially the day of Arafah is a time for performing virtuous deeds, reading the Quran, fasting, performing extra prayers, remembrance of God, making supplication, and giving charity. This year Arafah falls on a Friday on July 8, which is auspicious in multiplying the rewards of one’s worship, charity, and virtuous actions. And we wish all those celebrating Eid al-Adha on Saturday, July 9, a blessed holiday or Eid Mubarak! We ask that when you engage in these good deeds this week, you include ING in your prayers as well as in your charitable giving to support our important work of educating about Muslims and their faith, countering bigotry against Muslims and others, and creating a more peaceful society and world. You may securely donate to ING here.