Posted by : Aahil Shaik
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Yawm Al-Kholeef – The Custom of the Women of Makkah during the Day of Arafah
The Yawm Al-Kholeef (Women’s Day) custom continued throughout the ages with the arrival of the blessed Day of Arafah. The women of Makkah Al-Mukarramah go to the Grand Mosque to spend the Day of Arafah there, where the majority of men are family heads who work in the raft and serve the pilgrims of Hajj.
Most of Makkah’s neighborhoods, including Al-Misfalah, Al-Mansur, Jarul, Al-Hijlah, and Ajyad, become empty on the day of Arafat as pilgrims make their way to the level of Arafat.
– Women in Makkah are eager to spend the day of Arafah in the Makkah Grand Mosque. They start to circumambulate (Tawaf) and sleep in the courtyards of the Grand Mosque and spend the day of Arafah with their children while breaking their fast there. During this time, they also give lectures and seminars and pass along to the next generation this inherited custom.
– “Youm Al-Kholeef” derived from the Arabic word for ‘Void’ or ‘Empty’. As millions of Hajj pilgrims head to Mount Arafat on 9th Dhul Hijjah. The women and children of Makkah head towards Masjid Al-Haram to avoid the emptiness there.
Makkah Grand Mosque on the Day of Arafah :