Abû Hafsah, may Allâh be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, said:
"Fasting on the day of 'Arafah absolves the sins for two years: the previous year and the coming year, and fasting on 'ashûra, (the tenth day of Muharram) atones for the sins of previous years." [Reported by all except al-Bukhârî and Tirmidhî]
Let us try dear sisters to fast on the ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah. For those of you who can't due to health reasons, increase in other forms of worship and help prepare food for those who are fasting, isa.
Pilgrims who are on Hajj are not allowed to fast. In a saying reported by Umm al-Fadl, may Allâh be pleased with her, she said:
"The companions doubted whether the Prophet was fasting on 'Arafah or not. She decided to prove to them that he was not, so she said, 'I sent to him milk, which he drank while he was delivering the khutbah (sermon) on 'Arafah.' " [Recorded by al-Bukhârî]
The above information was taken from : www.sunnahonline.com/library/hajj/0004.htm
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