How to Perform Rituals of The Hajj

How to Perform Rituals of The Hajj

 

Definitions

Tawaf:

  • Circumambulation; a key element of the Hajj rituals. Performed seven times around the Ka‘ba anti-clockwise, starting from the eastern corner in which the Black Stone is embedded. The tawaf al-wada‘, the farewell tawaf, is the last rite of Hajj.

Sa’i:

  • The shuttling between the two hills of Safa and Marwah. The area in which the activity takes place is called the mas‘a (the place of hurrying).

Wuquf ‘Arafat:

  • Literary meaning ‘standing’, this refers to the vigil that takes place from noon to sunset on the 9th of Dhu al-Hijja. ‘Arafat is where the Prophet Muhammad gave his Farewell Sermon in 632, the year of his death.

At Muzdalifa:

  • Pilgrims collect 49 stones in Muzdalifa to be thrown over several days at the three pillars (jamrat) in the valley of Mina near Mecca.

At Mina:

  • At Mina are the three pillars in the valley of Mina close to Mecca which represent the three times that Satan attempted to tempt Ibrahim (Abraham). They are known as Jamrat al-‘Aqaba (at the narrow pass of al-‘Aqaba, and the largest), Jamrat al-Wusta (the middle one) and Jamrat al-Sughra (the small one).

‘Eid al-Adha:

  • ‘Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice) takes place on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijja, a great feast throughout the Muslim world. Pilgrims sacrifice a sheep (sometimes a goat) as a reminder of the obedience of Ibrahim (Abraham) who accepted to sacrifice his son Isma‘il (Ishmael) as an act of submission before God intervened allowing for a lamb to be sacrificed instead.

 

Hajj-Rituals-Describe

Day 1 (8th Dhu al-Hijja)

1. Miqat

Arrival and change into ihram

2. Mecca

Circling the Ka‘ba (tawaf)

Passing between the hills of Safa and Marwa (Sa’i)

3. Mecca to Mina

Stay over night

The rituals of Hajj

Day 2 (9th Dhu al-Hijja)

4. Mina to Plain of ‘Arafat

Day of vigil (wuquf)

5. ‘Arafat to Muzdalifa

Collecting stones and stay over night

Day 3 (10th Dhu al-Hijja)

6. Muzdalifa to Mina

Stoning largest pillar (Jamrat al-‘Aqaba)

The day of ‘Eid

7. Mina to Mecca

Circling the Ka‘ba

Passing between the hills of Safa and Marwa

8. Mecca to Mina

Stay for two or three nights

Days 4–6 (11th–12th/13th Dhu al-Hijja)

9. Mina

Stoning all three pillars (jamrat) in set order

Return to Mecca for final tawaf

 

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