Posted by: alqamardesigns | October 20, 2009

Hajj – The Journey of a Life Time! (Step by Step Description)


Here is just a glimpse of what the Pilgrims who go for Hajj will be doing, during their 4-6 days of Hajj 🙂


… And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses (for conveyance, provision and residence); and whoever disbelieves (i.e. denies Hajj, then he is a disbeliever of Allah), then Allah stands not in need of any of the ‘Alâmin (mankind and jinn).” (Qur’an 3:97)


“He who came to this House (the Ka’bah) (with the intention in performing Hajj) without speaking or committing indecencies, would return (free from sin) as on the day his mother bore him.”  (Muslim, 2/3129)

“The reward for a Hajj Mabrûr has no reward except Paradise.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Hajj Mabrûr means a Hajj that is accepted by Allah, and for this it must be performed perfectly according to the Prophet’s Sunnah, with halal money, by avoiding sinful and evil deeds during Hajj – and done for seeking the Pleasure of Allah alone.



Day 1         Mina

Day 2         Arafat, Muzdalifah

Day 3         Mina, Makkah, Mina

Day 4-5      Mina

There are 3 types of Hajj, below is the outline of Hajj Tammatu.

Day 1 (approx. 25th of November 2009)

8th of Dhul Hijjah

This is the first day of Hajj.

2-3 million pilgrims will all make their Niyyah for Hajj

Labbaik Allaahumma ‘Hajjan

(Here I am O Allah making Hajj)

And by doing so they have entered into the state of “Ihram” – “Ihram” is not just wearing special clothing, but it is a way of behaviour and the pilgrims are now to abide by strict rules and regulations, remaining patient, and avoiding all sins and idle talk.

They now make their way to Mina – reciting the Talbiyah all the way!


The Talbiyah is recited for the next 3 days – declaring their strong belief in Allah and that He is One without Partners!

Labbayk Allahumma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk, innal hamda wan ni’mata laka wal mulk, laa shareeka lak

(Here I am, O Allah, here I am. Here I am. You have no partner. Here I am. Surely all praise, grace and dominion is yours, and you have no partner!

The pilgrims will get to Mina before Dhuhr time to their designated tents.


They will pray the following 4 daily prayers: Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Ishaa – shortened but not combined.


The pilgrims will spend their time in the remembrance of Allah, making duaa, reading Quran and asking for Allahs Forgiveness. And preparing for the great days to follow.

The Prophet (s) said: “Pilgrims and those performing ‘Umrah are Allah’s guests; their prayers are answered and their supplications for forgiveness are granted.”

They will stay here over night until the sun rises.

Day 2

9th of Dhul Hijjah – The day of Arafat

When the sun rises, the pilgrims will all make their way to Arafat – reciting the Talbiyah all the way!


It is at Arafat where the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, gave his famous Farewell Sermon.

The Prophet Muhammad (S) said: “Hajj is Arafat!!” – emphasizing the importance of this ritual, that being the “standing” on the day of Arafat. It is one of the pillars of Hajj (without this, the hajj is not complete).

The below picture shows the boundary of Arafat – that the pilgrims must stay inside of.


In Arafat the pilgrims will also have designated tents. They will pray Dhuhr and Asr (at the time of Dhuhr) – if possible in Masjid Namirah.



This leaves the pilgrim with a lot of time after the prayer to devote themselves in standing, making dhikr and du’aa’ and beseeching Allaah, raising their hands and facing the qiblah.


It is this day Allah will free pilgrims from the Hellfire!

“…There is no day better in the sight of Allah than the Day of Arafah. On this day Allah, the Almighty and the Exalted One, descends to the nearest heaven, and He is proud of His slaves on the earth, and says to those in heaven, “Look at My servants. They have come from far and near, with hair dishevelled and faces covered with dust, to seek My Mercy, even though they have not seen my chastisement. Far more people are freed from the Hellfire on the Day of Arafah than on any other day.”




The pilgrims will stay here until after Sunset and after sunset will proceed to Muzdalifah in the masses reciting the Talbiyah all the way!



Once they reach there, they will pray Maghrib and Ishaa (combined); unless they do not reach there before midnight they are to stop where ever are and pray it.

The pilgrims will also start collecting the pebbles for the stoning for the next 3-4 days to come (there is no specific place the pebbles must be collected from)


Here the pilgrims will spend the night in Muzdalifah and rest/sleep – here they will have no designated tents!!



The pilgrims will be amongst their fellow 2-3 million pilgrims under the 1000’s of stars!! Mashaa Allah a 1st class service!

Day 3

10th of Dhul Hijjah – Eid Al Adha (no Eid for the Pilgrims though!)

This is the busiest day of Hajj – while the rest of the Muslim Ummah around the world would be preparing for the day of Eid the pilgrims during Hajj will be doing the following….

Before Dawn

The pilgrims will pray Fajr and after turn to the qiblah and make lots of dhikr and dua untill sunrise.

Before sunrise, the pilgrims will leave Muzdalifah and go back to Mina chanting the Talbiyah!

In Mina, the pilgrims:

  • Will proceed to stone the Big Jamarat (Jamrat-Ul ‘Aqaba) with 7 pebbles – it is here where the Talibiyah will stop and the Takbir will be said.


  • Will have their animal sacrificed
  • Will shave/cut their hair, and are out of the state of “Ihram” (the Ihram restrictions are lifted and the men can change into their normal clothes, the only restriction that remains is that husband and wife are not allowed to have intercourse.)


The pilgrims will now make their way to Makkah


In Makkah, the pilgrims:

Will Peform Tawaf Ifaadah (Tawaf Ziyarah) – making 7 rounds around the Kabah.



Perform 2 Rakaats outside Marqee Ibrahim


Will Perform the Sai for Hajj – walking back and forth from Mount Safa to Mount Marwa


The pilgrims will now return back to Mina and stay there overnight for the next 2-3 days.

Day 4

11th of Dhul Hijjah – Days of Tashreeq, 1

The next 3 days rituals are the same.

After noon, the pilgrims will make their way down to the 3 Jamaraat…

…to stone each one (in order of small, medium and large jamarah), each one is to be stoned with 7 pebbles by saying Allahu Akbar with each throw.

Duaa is to be made after stoning the first two, while facing the Qiblah!

Day 5

12th of Dhul Hijjah – Days of Tashreeq, 2

Same as day 4, if pilgrims want to complete their hajj they can do but are to hasten and leave Mina by sunset.

Day 6

13th of Dhul Hijjah – Days of Tashreeq, 3

Those who decided to stay for the full 3 days of Tashreeq – do they same as day 4 and leave Mina at any time.

Before Leaving Makkah

The pilgrims are required to perform Tawaf Al Widaa (the farewell Tawaf)

Allahu Akbar! The struggle of Hajj is now over and the rites of Hajj are now complete! Life will never be the same! Hajj is the beginning of many great things to come.. may Allah accept the Hajj of all those who go to perform it. Ameen


  1. Assalaam Alaikum Warahmatullah Wabarakatahu Sis!

    Jazak’Allah Khair for sharing that, I SOOOOO want to go. May Allah (swt) enable us all to make this journey ((Aameen))

    Your sister Tayba

  2. jazakallah khair you made it so easy for me to comprehend!!

  3. Asallamuailakum,
    Thank you for this comprehensible guide to our Hajj duty. May Almighty Allah reward you with richly.

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