Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The fifth Pillar: Part four

The Hajj Journey...

Day One: The 8th Day of Dhul-Hijjah
On the eighth day known as Yaum Tarwya the pilgrim put on his Ihram and head out of Makkah to Mina(the tent city). He spends the whole day and night in Mina involved in prayer, preparing himself to set out to 'Arafat. He prays Dhuhr and 'Asr shortened two Rak'ahs each, Maghrib three Rak'ahs and 'Ishaa shortened to two Rak'ahs.


Day Two: The 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah
This day is known as Yawm 'Arafah, after praying Salaatul-Fajr in Minaa, the pilgrim waits until just after sunrise, then he heads out of Mina to Plain of 'Arafah which he should enter around noon. In 'Arafah he prays Salaatdh-Dhuhr and Salaatul-'Asr joined and shortened. He should then wait in 'Arafah until just after sunset, then set out to Muzdalifah (an area between 'Arafah and Minaa). There he should pray Maghrib and 'Ishaa together with 'Ishaa shortened, then spend the rest of the night in prayer and sleep.

Jebel Arafah

Plain of arafah


Day Three: The 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah
This day is known as 'Eid al-Ad-haa. The pilgrim should pray salaatul-Fajr in Muzdalifah, then leave Muzdalifah for Mina shortly before sunrise. In Mina he collects seven small stones and heads for the largest Jamrah. As he throws each stone at the Jamrah he should say Allahu Akbar. On completion of the rites of stoning he should clip or shave his head and take off his Ihram. He should then go to the place where animals are kept and slaughter an animal if he is making a Hajj
Qiraan or Hajj Tamattu'. After that he goes to Makkah and makes seven circuits of the Ka'bah known as Tawaaf al-Ifaadah, then returns to Mina and spends the rest of the night there


Ramyi Jamarat

Day Four: The 11th day of Dhul-Hijjah
On this day he should pray Fajr in Mina and wait until after Dhuhr then he should head for the three Jamrahs. On the way there, he collects enough pebbles with which to stone all three of them. He should start with Jamratul-Oolaa then al-Wustaa and al-Aqabah

Day Five - Day Six: The 12th & 13th day of Dhul-Hijjah
He does as he did on the 11th and, on the completion of the stoning, he is allowed to return home. Before leaving the vicinity of Makkah the pilgrim should perform the farewell Tawaaf known as Tawaaf al-Widaa'