Good Deed: #71 Spend the 10th of Dhil Hajj night in Muzdalifah

  • 2:198 (Y. Ali) It is no crime in you if ye seek of the bounty of your Lord (during pilgrimage). Then when ye pour down from (Mount) Arafat, celebrate the praises of Allah at the Sacred Monument(Muzdalifah), and celebrate His praises as He has directed you, even though, before this, ye went astray.
  • Ibn ‘Abbas, may Allah be pleased with them, reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) came back from ‘Arafah and Usamah (may Allah be pleased with him) was seated behind him. Usamah said that he (the Holy Prophet) continued the journey in this very state until he came to Al-Muzdalifah. Sahih Muslim: 2262
  • A’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, reported:the Quraish (of the Pre-Islamic Days) and those who followed their religious practices stayed at Al-Muzdalifah, and they named themselves as Hums, whereas all other Arabs stayed at ‘Arafah. With the advent of Islam, Allah the Exalted and Glorious, commanded His Messenger (may peace be upon him) to come to ‘Arafah and stay there, and then hurry from there (to Al-Muzdalifah), and this is the significance of the words of Allah: “then depart from the place whence all the people depart ” Sahih Muslim : 2140
  • Usamah bin Zaid, may Allah be pleased with him, reported: I was sitting behind Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) on the riding animal from ‘Arafat. As Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) reached the left side of the mountain which was situated near Al-Muzdalifah, he made the camel kneel down and made water and then came back. I poured water and he performed a light ablution. I then said: Messenger of Allah, it is time for the Prayer. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: The Prayer awaits you (at the next station, Al-Muzdalifah). Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) rode on until he came to Al-Muzdalifah and observed the Prayer. Then Al-Fadl (Allah be pleased with him) rode behind Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and reached (Al-Muzdalifah) in the morning. Sahih Muslim: 2245
  • Abu Aiyub, may Allah be pleased with him, reported:I prayed the Sunset and Night Prayers (together) at Al-Muzdalifah in the company of Allah’s Messenger (my peace be upon him) on the occasion of the Farewell Pilgrimage.Sahih Muslim: 2264
  • ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with them, used to send ahead of him the weak members of his household to stay during the night at Mash’ar Al-Haram at Al-Muzdalifah. They remembered Allah so long as they could afford, and then they proceeded before the stay of the Imam, and before his return. So some of them reached Mina for the Dawn Prayer and some of them reached there after that; and as they reached there, they stoned Al-Jamrah; and Ibn ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with them, used to say: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) has granted this concession to them. Sahih Muslim: 2281
  • Ibn `Umar used to pick his pebbles from Muzdalifah, and so did Sa`id ibn Jubair. Ash-Shafi`i regards this preferable, but, according to Ahmad, one may pick up pebbles from anywhere one wants.

CII Network – Muzdalifah 2008

Action plan

Walking Haj

  • Arafat to Muzdalifah is 9km but walking time could be as much as two hours, as everybody is going together to one place at the same time, hence the pace is slower.
  • All roads are brightly lit up.
  • On reaching Muzdalifah the colour of the street light changes indicating its boundary.
  • Toilet/Wudhu blocks, drinking water taps, food etc., found on the way.
  • In Muzdalifah, everybody is sleeping in the open, either on tarmac or sand, wherever one has laid his bedding. Your two bed sheets brought from your hometown can come in quite handy here. A space blanket, emergency silver blanket is light to carry and keeps you very warm during the night.
  • Locate some identifiable landmarks, as it is extremely easy to get disorientated here.
  • Try and camp nearer to the border of Muzdalifah and Mina near an ablution facility.  The boundary is again marked by color-coded billboards purple in colour.
  • Refreshments are being sold by vendors near these facilities.
  • Pray your Maghrib and Esha together in Muzdalifah.
  • Collect about 80 pebbles each and wash them.
  • You will be too tired for any form of Ibaadat, thus go to sleep, (you will be surprised how well you will sleep on a hard surface, with lights shining in your face and all sorts of noise around you!).
  • Men and women “camp” next to one another in gender-separated groups. Work out a method of communicating with your spouse without inconveniencing or embarrassing others.
  • Ensure you wake up early for Tahajjud as there is a lot of congestion, (albeit orderly queues), at the toilets. Of late, many new ablution blocks constructed to alleviate congestion.
  • Pray Fajr at its earliest time and thereafter perform your Wuqoof.
  • Now proceed towards the Muzdalifah boundary but only leave for Mina about two minutes BEFORE sunrise.

B] Bus  Hujjaajj

  • Bus journey can take long as all the buses are headed in the same direction at the same time.
  • Generally, the buses have difficulty in reaching Muzdalifah, dropping you on the outskirts. Ensure that you are dropped in Muzdalifah by looking out for the boundary billboards and change in colour of the street lights.
  • Buses will drop you at a designated place and will return to pick you up from the same place.
  • Some times the buses may leave you at the correct place in Muzdalifah but may either not come or come very late to collect you for your onward journey to Mina. Hence be prepared to walk.
  • You may have to perform your Wuqoof in the bus as the drivers are always in a hurry and you may have no say.
  • Invariably you will leave Muzdalifah AFTER sunrise, not before, because of the queues.
  • May reach Mina 5 – 6 hours later because of extreme traffic congestion. Thus ensure you have ample drinking water and foodstuff with you.

Source: Muzdalifah
Other resources
Muzdalifah according to all schools

Simplifying the Pilgrimage — 4: Why sleep at Muzdalifah after Arafat?

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