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Visiting Mina

Mina is a desert valley located 5-6 km east of Makkah. It stands between Makkah and the hill of Arafat. Mina provides temporary accommodations to all the pilgrims, where they stay in tents. The valley also has the Jamarat bridge where the stoning ritual takes place. Make sure you check out the satellite/map view of Mina, by clicking on the “Map View” button below.

The Tents at Mina

The first time you need to spend in Mina is on the 8th of Dhul-Hijjah, until the sunrise of 9th day (Day of Arafat). The second time you need to spend in Mina is on the 10th, 11th, and 12th of Dhul-Hijjah. If you plan not to stay for the third day (12th of Dhul-Hijjah) you must leave Mina before Maghrib on the 11th day.

Things to remember while your there:

  1. Mina is the place of Takbeer. So take advantage of every minute.
  2. Try to get as much knowledge as possible. There are scholars everywhere you go. So do your best to seek them out.
  3. Shorten your 4 rakat prayers to 2 rakat, but do not combine prayers together.

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  • Rest and Relaxation at Muzdalifa

    Muzdalifa is one of the obligatory duties of Hajj. On the 9th day of Dhul Hijja, the pilgrim will leave Arafat to reach the valley of Muzdalifa. It is recommended to leave Arafah quietly and in a dignified manner. The distance between the two areas is about 8-9 kilometers. At Muzdalifa, the pilgrim spends the night in the open valley and the following Fajr, the 10th of Dhul Hijja, will leave for Mina to perform stoning ceremony.

    The Prophet at Muzdalifa

    It was reported by Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, “When the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, reached Muzdalifa, he offered both Maghrib and ‘Isha’ prayers, then he lay down to sleep. He slept until dawn, then he got up and offered Fajr prayer, and mounted his she-camel, Al-Qaswa. When he reached Al-Ma’shar Al-Haram he stopped there until there was light all around, then before sunrise, he left the place” (Muslim, 2803). When you reach Al-Ma’shar Al Haram, make dua until the brightness of daylight is widespread before the actual sun rises.

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