The Hajj


In the forenoon of the eighth day of Dhul-Hijjah, the pilgrim should purify himself once again by bathing, as he did before ‘Umrah, in the place where he is staying if convenient. He should put on his Ihraam and say:
لبيك اللهم حجا. لبيك اللهم لبيك. لبيك لا شريك لك لبيك. إن
الحمد والنعمة لك والملك. لا شريك لك.
“Labbaika Hajjan. Labbaik-Allahumma Labbaik. Labbaika
laa shareeka laka labbaik. Inn-al-hamda wanni’mata
laka wal-mulk. Laa shareeka lak.”
“Here I am at your service for Hajj. Here I am at your service, oh Allah, here I am at your service. Here I am at your service. You have no partner. Here I am at your service. Surely all praise, grace and dominion is yours, and you have no partners.”
If he fears that something will prevent him from completing his
Hajj he should make a condition when he makes his intentions, saying:
« و إن حبسني حابس، فمحلي من حيث حبستني »
“Wa in habasani haabisun, fa mahalli haythu habastani.”
“If I am prevented by any obstacle, my place is wherever
I am held up.”
If he has no such fear, he does not make this condition.
A pilgrim should then proceed to Minaa, and there he should pray the Dhuhr, ‘Asr, Maghrib, ‘Ishaa and Fajr prayer, shortening his four unit prayers so as to make them two units each, but without combining them.
When the sun rises, he should proceed to ‘Arafah, and there he should combine the Dhuhr and ‘Asr prayer at the time of Dhuhr, making each one two units. He should remain in the Masjid of Namirah until sunset if possible. He should mention Allah and make as many supplications as possible while facing the Qiblah.
The Prophet  prayed thus:
لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له له الملك وله الحمد وهو على كل شيء قدير
“Laa Ilaaha ill-Allah wahdahu laa shareeka lah. Lah-ul-
Mulku wa lah-ul-hamd, wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay`in
Qadeer.”
“There is no Deity but Allah alone. He has no partner.
All dominion and praise are His, and He is powerfulover all things.”
If he grows weary, it is permissible for him to engage in beneficial conversation with his companions or reading what he can find of beneficial books, especially those concerning Allah’s Grace and abundant gifts. This will strengthen his hope in Allah.
He should then return to his supplications and be sure to spend the end of the day deep in supplication because the best of supplication
is the supplication of the day of Arafah.
At sunset he goes from Arafah to Muzdalifah, and there prays Maghrib, ‘Ishaa, and Fajr. If he is tired or has little water, it is permissible for him to combine the Maghrib and ‘Ishaa prayers.
If he fears that he will not reach Muzdalifah until after midnight, he should pray before he reaches it for it is not permissible to delay ‘Ishaa prayer until after midnight. He should remain there in Muzdalifah, making supplication and mentioning Allah till just
before sunrise. If he is weak and cannot handle the crowd during ar-Ramy, it is permissible for him to go to Minaa at the end of the night to stone the Jamrah before the arrival of the crowd.
Near sunrise, a pilgrim goes from Muzdalifah to Minaa. Upon reaching it he should do the following.
a) He should throw seven consecutive pebbles at Jamrah al- ‘Aqabah which is the closest monument to Makkah, saying, “Allahu Akbar,” with each throw.
b) He should slaughter the sacrificial animal, eat some of it, and give some to the poor. Slaughtering is obligatory on the Mutamati’ and the Qaarin.
c) He should shave or clip his hair, while shaving is preferable. A woman should clip her hair the length of a finger tip.
These three should be done in the above order if convenient, but there is no restriction if one precedes another. With that, one is allowed to come out of Ihraam. He may wear other clothing and do everything that was lawful before the Ihraam, except engaging in marital relations.
He should then go to Makkah to perform Tawaaf al-Ifaadah and the Sa’yi of Hajj [if he had not performed the Sa’yi of Hajj upon entering Makkah]. It is Sunnah to perfume oneself on before going to Makkah. With the completion of this Tawaaf and Sa’yi, a pilgrim is allowed to do everything that was lawful before Ihraam, including engaging in marital relations.
After performing Tawaaf and Sa’yi, he should return to Minaa to spend the nights of the eleventh and twelfth days there.

He stones the three Jamaraat in the afternoon of both the eleventh and twelfth days. He starts with the first Jamrah, which is furthest from Makkah, then the middle one, and lastly Jamrah al- ‘Aqabah. Each one should be stoned consecutively with seven
pebbles, accompanied by the Takbeer. He should stop after the first and middle Jamrah to make supplication while facing the
Qiblah. It is not permissible to stone before noon on these two days. It is also best to walk to the Jamrah, but riding is permissible.
If one is in a hurry after the stoning on the twelfth day, he may leave Minaa before sunset. But if they wish to prolong their stay,
which is best, they should spend the night of the thirteenth in Minaa and stone the Jamaraat that afternoon in the same manner
as on the twelfth day. When they are ready to return to their country, they should make
Tawaaf al-Wadaa’, which is seven circuits around the Ka’bah. Menstruating women and women experiencing postnatal discharge
are not obligated to perform Tawaaf al-Wadaa’.

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