THE DAY OF ARAFAT


After this Christmas season has ended, the seasonal holy days of Islam are about to start! This year “The Day of Arafat” will be observed on the 29.12. in the entire Muslim world!

Some of you may hesitate, raise eyebrows and wonder … but relax – it has nothing to do with politics directly though the “Mount” played godfather for the late Palestinian President … I am talking about the fifth column of Islam … the HAJJ!

The 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah (the Month of Hajj) is called the “Day of Arafat”. This day is the culminating event of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to “Mecca”, Saudi Arabia. The Day of Arafat falls on the 2nd day of pilgrimage rituals. At dawn of this day, nearly 2 million Muslim pilgrims will make their way from Mecca to a nearby hillside and plain called Mount Arafat and the Plain of Arafat. It was from this site that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, gave his famous “Farewell Sermon” (summary) in his final year of life.


During the entire day, from dawn until sunset, Muslim pilgrims stand in earnest supplication and devotion, praying for God’s abundant forgiveness. Tears are shed readily as those who gather make repentance and seek God’s mercy, recite words of prayer and remembrance, and gather together as equals before their Lord. around the world who are not participating in the pilgrimage often spend this day in fasting and devotion. For whoever is interested to learn – here is a summary of the virtues of the “Day of Arafat”!

On a personal note: I hope and pray, the estimated FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE still stranded at Rafah-boarder to Gaza and forced to spend the time under cruel and inhuman conditions, will be promptly allowed to go home and spend the holidays with their family and loved ones! Palestinians are forced to stay there since weeks … sleeping on the dirty ground, without any sanitation, no money, barely food, clean water, nowhere to go – ONLY because the Israeli government stubbornly refuses to open the boarder and consequenlty to let the people go back home! It is a show of power – we all know that, a proof to the world of who’s in charge … I am, together with the civilized world, waiting for a show of compassion and humanity!!

THESE PEOPLE DO NOT DESERVE TO BE TREATED LIKE ANIMALS … GIVE THEM THE DIGNITY THEY DESERVE, TREAT THEM AS WHAT THEY ARE, HUMAN BEINGS LIKE ALL OF US!!!

Among those desperately waiting to cross the boarder are people who most urgently require medical attention, children, babies, pregnant women … I wonder how Israel justifies it’s decision! The ones trying desperately to get back are ALL residents of Gaza … simply wanting to return home!

OPEN THE BOARDER AND LET THESE PEOPLE GO TO THEIR HOMES TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS WITH THEIR FAMILIES!!!!

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