Often Muslims face confusion to perform Hajj rituals. They make it more complex by asking every person coming back from the pilgrimage. ILink Tours have made easy steps of hajj guide for pilgrims.
7 Easy Steps of Hajj Every Pilgrim Need to Go Through
It is a must to know Hajj rites in detail which follow the actions of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) incorporated 1,377 years ago. There are many different ways mentioned by Hajjis and scholars to perform Hajj pilgrimage but there is not a suitable breakdown anywhere. Go through these easy steps of Hajj for yourself and others.
Step#1- Circulating the Kaaba Seven Times
Wearing Ihram is the first step to undergo Hajj at one of five Miqats and then perform Tawaaf in Makkah. This is followed on 8th Dhul-Hijjah by pilgrims before heading to Mina.
At the tent-city of Mina, pilgrims usually spend the day and then stay there until the next morning. Pilgrims perform five prayers in Mina, starting with noon prayer and ending with the dawn.
Step#2 – Pray All Day on Mount Arafat
Pilgrims reach Arafah on 9th Dhul-Hijjah. Day of Arafat is the most important day. Pilgrims pray the most on this day to commemorate Prophet Muhammad’s final sermon. From the afternoon, they perform Wuquf at Arafah.
Step#3 – Stay Overnight in Muzdalifah
When the sun is about to set, pilgrims leave for Muzdalifah. This is a place where pilgrims collect pebbles to later stoning of the devil and spend the night under the sky. At dawn, they offer Fajr prayers and leave again for Mina before the sunrise.
Step #4- Stoning of the Devil
On the 10th Dhul-Hijjah, pilgrims throw stones at the pillars. This is probably the longest day of the pilgrimage. On pilgrims go back to Mina, they perform first rami, throwing seven pebbles at the columns known as Jamaraat. It dates back to the history that at this spot in Mina, the devil tried to discourage Prophet Ibrahim from heeding the command.
He then threw small pebbles to make him go away. After stoning, a sacrifice of an animal is recommended. Pilgrims then leave the state of Ihram and Proceed to al-Masjid al-Haram in Makkah to perform Tawaf al-ifadha.
Step#5 – Run 7 Times between Al-Safa and Al-Marwa
At Makkah, pilgrims circulate the Kaaba seven times and perform Sa’y between hills of Safa and Marwa. They then drink from Zam-zam well and return to Mina.
Step#6 –Perform Stoning of the Devil Up to Three Days in Mina
Pilgrims carry to stay in Mina for two-three days and they again stone the devil to each of the three pillars on 11th and 12th of Dhul-Hijjah. To avoid over-crowding, the stoning must be performed according to predetermined schedules.
Step#7 –Perform Farewell Tawaaf in Counter-Clock Wise Direction
After completing this ritual, pilgrims return to Makkah and perform the final Tawaaf of Kaaba as a ‘Farewell Tawaaf’ in Masjid al-Haram. This marks the end of Hajj.
Many pilgrims also visit Madinah before returning to their home-town. However, it’s not obligatory for every pilgrim to do so.
Almighty Allah gives everyone this opportunity to go for a blessed journey once in a lifetime.