Hajj is for making dua. Arafat is the day when duas are accepted and sins are forgiven. But not all duas are good. Allah says, “But among people is one who only says: ‘Our Lord, give us in this world’ and he will not have in the hereafter any portion” (2:200). On an occasion such as Hajj, it is inappropriate to only ask for Allah’s favors for this material life. The right course of action is outlined as follows:
“And from them are those who say ‘Our Lord, give us good in this world and good in the hereafter and save us from the punishment of the fire’. For them there is in store a goodly portion out of that which they have earned. Allah is swift at reckoning.” (2:201-202)
In other words, those who ask for Allah’s blessings in this world and the next will get both. And those who ask only for this world get nothing in the hereafter. Hajj is the time to ask Allah for anything, but striking a balance between this world and the next is critical.
An advice for the pilgrims: make a list of things you want from Allah. Then on the Day of Arafat, ask Allah for all of that. In particular, ask Allah to accept the Hajj, for forgiveness of all sins, and for the best in this life and the next. And don’t forget me in your duas 🙂