With Pilgrims Day by Day – Dhul-Hijjah 10

Today is Dhul-Hijjah 10, the day of Eid Al-Adha.

This day is called the greatest day of Hajj, Yawm al-Hajj al-Akbar. On this day, pilgrims observe several rituals in Mina and Makkah.

What to Do on Dhul-Hijjah 10

As mentioned in this article about Dhul-Hijjah 9, you may leave Muzdalifah after midnight (on the eve of Dhul-Hijjah 10), especially if your family is accompanying you on Hajj.

If you are strong and young, you may follow the Prophet’s Sunnah, spending the whole night in Muzdalifah and praying the Fajr Prayer there.

After Fajr of Dhul-Hijjah 10, the Prophet headed to Al-Mash`ar Al-Haram, supplicated Allah until the twilight became clear, and then moved to Mina before the sun rose.
After arriving at Mina, there are four rituals to do:

1- Throwing the pebbles

2- Slaughtering the hadi animal

3- Shaving or cutting the hair

4- Making Tawaf Al-Ifadah

1- Throwing the Pebbles

The first ritual on Dhul-Hijjah 10 is to throw pebbles at Jamrat Al-`Aqabah, also called Al-Jamarah Al-Kubra.

Seven pebbles (not bigger than beans) should be thrown into the Jamrah basin. You may collect the pebbles from Muzdalifah or from wherever you like, but do not use the pebbles thrown by other pilgrims.

It is a good idea to collect all the pebbles you will use throughout the three or four days (Dhul-Hijah 10-13). If you intend to spend three days in Mina after the day of Eid, then you will need 70 pebbles. If you intend to spend just two days after Eid, then you need only 49 pebbles.

The Prophet threw the pebbles when he reached Mina after sunrise of Dhul-Hijjah 10. Women and weak persons are allowed to spend half the night in Muzdalifah and then go to Mina, where they are allowed to throw the pebbles when they arrive, even if it is before the Fajr Prayer of Dhul-Hijjah 10. The time of throwing pebbles extends until the Fajr Prayer of Dhul-Hijjah 11.

When throwing the pebbles, make sure that they fall in the basin of the Jamrah. The pillar of the Jamrah is merely a sign indicating the throwing place. So hitting the pillar is not required. Actually, a pebble hitting the pillar and not falling in the basin is not counted. It is recommended to say Bismillah, Allahu Akbarwhen throwing each pebble.

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