There is no doubt in my mind that Arafat is the pinnacle of Hajj.
No matter how many times you may do Umrah, you can only experience Arafat during Hajj.
That said, the one thing I recollect most from being there was the night before Arafat.
I was up the side of one of the mountains in Mina looking down at the Jamarat. It was 2am so most people were sleeping although you could see the odd people milling around.
I just couldn’t sleep, I was just too excited. I kept thinking that tomorrow I would meet my Lord, He would descend with His angels and boast about His servants to them.
There are not many moments in your life when you know that Allah is with you but on that day, you really feel the joy when the time of Zuhr comes and feel the sadness when the sun sets.
I kept repeating to myself: “Tomorrow is the day, tomorrow is the day” and reciting the Talbiyah acknowledging that here I was.
For all those going, that tomorrow will soon be today inshaAllah and may you all experience the joy of that day.