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With Pilgrims Day by Day – Dhul-Hijjah 10

Note the Following

– Cease reciting Talbiyah when you start throwing pebbles. From now on repeat the Takbir of `Eid:

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akba, La ilaha illa Allah

Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa lillahi al-hamd.

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Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, there is no god but Allah. And Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, and to Him belongs all praise.

– Take extra pebbles with you. It may happen that one or more pebbles miss the basin.

– Never take luggage with you. Tragic stampede accidents occurred in past years because luggage blocked the way.

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– Try to choose suitable times. Never try to throw pebbles when the place is crowded.

– Take care of your money and important documents when going to throw pebbles and in any crowded place. Unfortunately, some thieves do not care for the sacredness of the place and time of Hajj and exploit such big gatherings in robbing the pilgrims.

– If you lose your shoe, never bend down to take it. This could put you in a serious risk of being trampled.

2- Slaughtering the Hadi Animal

People who perform tamattu` or qiran Hajj are required to slaughter an animal and give it as a gift for the poor of Makkah. This animal is called hadi.

The animals that can be slaughtered as hadi are sheep, goats, cows, and camels. One sheep or one goat is enough for one person; whereas seven persons can share in one cow or camel. You may eat part of your hadi, give part of it as a gift to whomever you like, and distribute the rest among the poor of Makkah. According to some scholars, at least half of the hadi should go to the poor. Do not give the butcher any part of the hadi in lieu of his wage.

The following conditions should be met in your hadi:

– A goat should be no less than 1 year old; a sheep no less than 6 months on condition that it is fat; a cow no less than 2 years; and a camel 5 years.

– The animal should be healthy and free from physical defects. It should not be one-eyed, limping, mangy, or very thin and weak.

You may find it difficult to slaughter and distribute the hadi meat. So the Islamic Development Bank has set up booths around Makkah and Mina to facilitate the purchase of coupons for slaughtering and distributing hadi animals.

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