The Night at Mina

After completing the tawaf, the pilgrim must return to Mina during what are called Layali alTashriq, which are the nights of the llth, 12th, and 13thwith the exception of him who being in a hurry departs after midday and before sunset on the 12th; there being nothing against him who leaves under these circumstances on the third day, in accordance with the verse:

فَمَنْ تَعَجَّلَ فِي يَوْمَيْنِ فَلَا إِثْمَ عَلَيْهِ

He that departs on the second day incurs no sin (2:203)

According to Abu Hanifah, to stay overnight in Mina is Sunnah not wajib. Those who consider it wajib agree that it is a rite and not a rukn. They disagree, however, regarding the necessity of kaffarah upon the defaulter. According to Ahmad ibn Hanbal, there is none; according to alShafi’i, a mudd (alTadhkirah, alMughni, Fiqh alSunnah); and according to Malikis, a sacrifice (alZarqani's sharh of Malik's Muwatta').

According to the Irnamiyyah, "If one spends the night at a place other than Mina, there is nothing upon him if he spends it at Makkah praying all the night until morning; but if the night is spent there without prayer, or somewhere else, in prayer or otherwise, he must sacrifice a sheep, even if the default was on account of oversight or ignorance". (alSayyid alHakim's Manahij alnasikin).

There is no obligatory rite for the nights in Mina, though spending them in prayer and worship is mustahabb.

Ramy during the Ayyam al-Tashriq

The schools agree that there is no rite except ramy of the three jimar every day during the three days called ayyam altashriq, regardless of whether the pilgrim is performing Hajj altamattu; al'ifrad or alqiran. As to the number of pebbles and other things they have been mentioned under "Jamrat al‘Aqabah."

According to the Imamiyyah, the time of ramy on each of the three days extends from sunrise until sunset, midday being the preferable hour. The other schools say that it extends from midday until sunset, and if done earlier should be repeated. Abu Hanifah permits ramy before midday only on the third day. Ramy after sunset is permissible only for those with a [valid] excuse.

All the five schools are in consensus about the number of jimar and the way of performing the ramy on the three days. Below is the way of its performance as described by alTadhkirah and alMughni.

The pilgrim performs ramy on each of the three days by throwing 21 pebbles, seven in each of the three times. He begins at the first jamrah, alJamrat al'Ula, which is the farthest of them from Makkah and nearer to Masjid alKhayf. It is mustahabb to toss the pebble in a fashion called hadhf1, from the left side standing at Batn alMasil, and to say takbir with every pebble that is thrown and to pray.

After that, he proceeds to the second jamrah, called alJamrat alWusta, halts at the left side of the way, and, facing the Qiblah, praises Allah and prays for blessings upon the Prophet (s), then moving ahead a little prays, and then throws the pebbles in the same way as above, then pauses and prays after the last pebble.

Then he moves on to the third point called Jamrat al‘Aqabah, and performs the rite of ramy as before, without any pause after finishing. With this the rites of ramy for the day are complete.2

The total number of pebbles thrown on the three days is 63 (that is, if one spends the night of the 13th in Mina), 21 each day.

With the seven thrown on the day of ‘Id the total number is 70.

The author of alTadhkirah, after the above description, says that there is no difference of opinion about it. The author of alMughni makes a similar remark, adding that Malik has opposed the raising of hands.

The description of the rites of ramy given by the author of alMughni is similar if not exactly the same as the one given above by the author of alTadhkirah.

All schools, except Abu Hanifah, agree about the order of the ramy of the jimar, and that if one of them is stoned out of turn, then it is obligatory to repeat the rite in the correct order. Abu Hanifah says that the order is not binding. (alTadhkirah, alMughni)

The ramy may be performed on foot or from a mount, though the former is better. It is permissible for one who has an excuse that someone else may perform it for him, and there is nothing upon one if he omits the takbir, the prayer or the pause after the second jamrah.

If the ramy is delayed by a day intentionally, or on account of ignorance or oversight, or is put over completely until the last day of Tashriq and is performed on a single day, the pilgrim does not incur a kaffarah according to the Shafi’is and the Malikis. Abu Hanifah says that if one, two, or three pebbles are delayed by a day, for every pebble delayed a poor man must be fed; if four are delayed by a day, a sacrifice becomes essential.

All the four schools are in consensus that if one does not perform the ramy at all until the days of Tashriq are past, he is not obliged to perform the rite later any time. But they disagree as to the related kaffarah, which, according to the Malikis is sacrifice regardless of someeven oneor all of the pebbles being omitted; according to the Hanafis the sacrifice is required for omitting all, and for fewer one must feed a poor man for every pebble omitted.

The kaffarah according to Shafi'is is a mudd of food for every pebble if two are omitted; for three a sacrifice becomes obligatory. (Ibn Rushd's Bidayah, alMughni)

The Imamiyyah say, if the ramy of one or more jimar is forgotten, the rite must be performed during the days of Tashriq; but if forgotten altogether until one reaches Makkah, the pilgrim is obliged to return to Mina to perform them if the days of Tashriq are not past; otherwise he must perform the rite himself the following year, or depute another to perform it; in any case there is no kaffarah upon him. (alTadhkirah) This agrees with the fatawa of alSayyid alHakim and alSayyid alKhu'i, with the difference that the former regards the legal grounds in favour of the obligation of completion of the rite as stronger (aqwa), whereas the latter considers it as dictated by caution (ahwat), and both agree that intentional omission of ramy does not invalidate the Hajj.

We referred earlier to the consensus of all the schools that it is sufficient for the Hajj pilgrim to remain for only two days of Tashriq in Mina and that he may depart before the sunset on 12th; if he remains until sunset, it is obligatory upon him to stay overnight and perform the rite of ramy on the 13th. The Imdmiyyah, however, say that the permissibility of leaving on the 12th is only for one who has not violated the prohibition on hunting and sex in the state of ihram; otherwise he is obliged to remain in Mina on the night of the 13th.

Offering salat in the Masjid alKhayf at Mina is mustahabb, so also on the hill called Khayf. (alTadhkirah)

On returning to Makkah after the rites of Mina, it is, according to Imamis and Malikis, mustahabb to perform the tawaf alwada; which, according to Hanafis and Hanbalis, is wajib for nonMakkans and those who do not wish to stay on in Makkah after returning from Mina. There is no tawaf alwada; nor any fidyah, for women who enter their periods before the departure, even from the viewpoint of those who consider the tawaf as obligatory; however, it is mustahabb for her to bid farewell to the House from the door nearest to it and without entering alMasjid alHaram.

Here we conclude the discussion about the rites of Hajj.

  • 1. Hadhf means a certain way of tossing in which the pebble is held under the thumb and tossed by the back of the index finger.
  • 2. AlSayyid alHakim says that it is desirable that the third ramy should be done with one's back toward the Qiblah. According to alMughni it should be done facing the Ka'bah.