Mina: Stoning the Pillars

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The bus moves toward a field adjacent to a cliff on its left side. Above the cliff stood the palace of the governor along with a sturdy fence; much like the medieval castle. Across from the palace is an empty area bounded by wire fences; in it appears white tents equipped with air conditioning. Right between a cliff and a fenced area there is a railroad track that looks like a gray highway overpass. In the Hajj season these trains are used as an alternative means of transportation from buses.

A few meters later we arrived on the fly over which in the right side are the roof of the white tents appeared earlier. From here we realize that the tents are far more than expected. On the left side looks a gray building that looks like a three-storey building. There stood three pillars jumrah (Ula, Wusta, and Aqaba).

The inside of a jamaraat (place to perform the stone throwing) resembles the sa’i area or airport. Wide, height, and full of people. In the same area we will find an elliptical fenced-in building. Inside that waterless pool stands up a gray pole; and although called a pole, but in reality it is a high wall that is about 20 meters long.

“Allah Akbar (Allah is The Greatest).” shouted a pilgrim before he throwing pebbles. From afar came another voice, “Akbar Akbar.” The pebbles then slid to the pole, making sound “Tak.” From anywhere we could hear the sound of takbir followed by the sound of pebble reflection. When throwing jumrah is not required to throw a pole using other than pebbles (eg: larger rocks or other objects).

Throwing jumrah was first performed on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah. At that time the pilgrims just throwing stone to Aqaba pillar only. The most favorable time to perform it starts from dhuha (when the sun has started to heat up) until the sunset. If we’re unable to, then we can do it after sunset.

The next three days (11, 12, and 13 Dhu al-Hijjah) pilgrims will stoning all three pillars starting from jumrah Ula. The pole is thrown with seven pebbles while echoing takbir (Allah Akbar). Again, it should not throw all the pebbles at once or throw with other objects. Finish throwing we are suggested to perform one of the prophet’s sunnah of stand on the right side of the pilar; thus pray while facing the Qiblah.

From Ula we continue the journey to jumrah Wusta. The way is no different, throw using seven pieces of gravel while echoing takbir. One pebble one takbir. Afterwards we are left to stand on the left side of the throwing place, facing the Qiblah and then praying.

The Last, we will go to jumrah Aqabaa and stoning it seven times. The way is same; throw the stone one after another while accompanied by takbir. Unlike the two previous pillars, we are not suggested to pray in the Aqaba.

There are two options in stoning the jumrah, you can choose either ways (usually depending on your travel agency). The first is the nafar awal or just sotning for three days (10, 11, 12 Dhu al-Hijjah) and then return to Mina. The second is called nafa tsani or the final nafar, where the pilgrims throw for four days (10, 11, 12, 13 Dhu al-Hijjah) and then return to Mina.

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