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Practical Hajj Guide

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Performing the Hajj 2 - Ninth Thul Hijjah (2nd day of Hajj)

Ninth Thul Hijjah (2nd day of Hajj)

*After praying Fajr and after the sun has risen, proceed towards ‘Arafah while reciting the talbiyah and glorifying Allaah saying: Allahu Akbar (Allaah is Great, there is no deity besides Allaah, Allaah is Great and all praise is for Allaah)

*It is disliked to fast on this day as the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) spent the day while he was not fasting.

*It is sunnah to remain at Namirah until zawaal (after sun passes by its zenith) if possible.

*There is a khutbah (sermon) delivered at that time and it is followed by praying Thuhr and ‘Asr combined with one athaan and two iqaamahs.

***Enter into ‘Arafah making certain that you are within the boundaries of ‘Arafah. Note that a large part of masjid Namirah is not inside ‘Arafah.

*Spend your time remembering Allaah, humbling yourself before Him and supplicating to Him with sincerity, submissiveness and presence of heart.

*All of ‘Arafah is a place to “stand”. However, if possible, stand at the foot of the mountain (hill) known as Jabal Rahmah placing it between yourself and the qiblah.

*It is not from the sunnah to climb the mountain as many do.

*Make du’aa (supplicate) until Maghrib, facing the qiblah with hands raised. Be humbly submissive and try to always be present with your heart. Don’t make the mistake of wasting your time, laughing, joking, sleeping and engaging in useless talk.

*Say the following in abundance: the talbiyah, invoke salaah and salaam on the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and say

(there is no deity besides Allaah alone, He has no partner, to Him belongs the Dominion, to Him belongs all praise and He is over all things capable)

**Do not leave ‘Arafah before sunset.

*The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alyhi wa sallam) said: "On no other day does the Satan feel so belittled, humiliated, and angry as he does on the Day of Arafah." The reason for this is the mercy of Allaah that descends (this day) and the forgiveness that He grants to people for major sins (Maalik)

**After sunset, proceed calmly towards Muzdalifah.

**When you arrive at Muzdalifah, pray Maghrib and ‘Ishaa combined. In the event you are stuck on route and fear you will only reach Muzdalifah after half the night has passed, then pray wherever you are.

**Sleep until Fajr.

Some Errors Committed on the Ninth

1. Some pilgrims stand outside the boundary of ‘Arafah. Make certain that you are not in that situation since if this happens to you, you will have to complete the remaining rites of Hajj but would have to repeat the entire Hajj the following year. This Hajj will not count.

2. Some pilgrims fast on this day and this is in contrast with the sunnah.

3. Making unreasonable efforts to reach Jabal ar-Rahmah and to climb it.

4. Wasting time in joking, sleeping, and useless talk instead of keeping busy with du’aa and thikr.

5. Rushing and pushing and shoving while leaving ‘Arafah. One should leave calmly.

6. Not determining the direction of the qiblah when praying in Muzdalifah.

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