Why is Masjid al-Haram Surrounded By Women on the Day of Arafah?

Unique Scene in the Haram on the Day of Arafah.
Masjid al Haram Surrounded By Women on the Day of Arafah

Every year, on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah, the Haram presents a unique sight as it fills with the color black. This happens on the day known worldwide as the Day of Arafah.

Why is the Haram filled with the color black on the Day of Arafah and the unique role of women during this sacred time?

The Day of Arafah and Its Impact on the Haram


The Day of Arafah sees around 2 million people gather at Arafah. With this massive exodus, the Haram in Makkah experiences a significant shift.

Women flock to it to ensure the Haram remains active with worshippers, often bringing their children along. They cling to the Ka’bah, engaging in worship and ensuring the sacred space isn’t empty.

The Role of Women on This Unique Day

This gathering of women creates a striking visual as the Mataf area around the Ka’bah fills predominantly with black, the color of their abayas. It’s a unique moment each year, showcasing the devotion and spiritual commitment of women during Hajj.

Women in Masjid al haram

Where Are the Men?

On this day, most men perform Hajj or assist in the pilgrimage at various holy sites. This leaves the Haram largely to women, making it a rare and special occurrence in the Islamic year.

Are Men Allowed in the Haram on the Day of Arafah?

Yes, men are allowed in the Haram on the Day of Arafah. During prayer times, they are present, often occupying the rows closest to the Ka’bah, as these are considered the best spots for men.

This unique arrangement ensures that the Haram remains a place of worship and devotion, even when the majority of male pilgrims are at Arafah.

It highlights the integral role women play in maintaining the spiritual atmosphere of the Haram during one of the most significant days in the Islamic calendar.

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