Friday, December 22, 2006


The first ritual on Dzul-Hijjah 10 is to throw pebbles at Jamrah Al-‘Aqabah, also called Al-Jamarah Al-Kubra. It is in remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim a.s dispelled the Satan’s influence in pursuance his dream to slaughter Ismail a.s.

Seven pebbles (not bigger than beans) should be thrown into each Jamrah basin.

One should collect the pebbles at Muzdalifah or from wherever one like, but 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 (Dzul-Hijjah 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.

It begins in sequence with Jamrah-al-Ula, Jamrah-al-Wusta and Jamrah-al-Qabah.

The Prophet threw the pebbles when he reached Mina after sunrise of Dzul-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 Fajar Prayer of Dzul-Hijjah 11.

The pillar of the Jamrah is merely a sign indicating the throwing place. So hitting the pillar is not required. A pebble hitting the pillar and not falling into the basin is not counted.

It is recommended to say "Bismillah, Allahu Akbar" when throwing each pebble.

It is important to note the following:

Cease reciting Talbiyah when you start throwing pebbles but repeat the Takbir of ‘Eid:

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar

La ilahaillallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa lillahil Hamd.

[Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, and 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 the past years because luggage blocked the way.

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

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