Mina Things to Do
-Jamrah al soghra(small Jamrah)you throw 7 pebbles making an oath to God not to let the devil sawy and tempt them to do sins,and as you throw each pebble you shout saying"ALLAHO AKBAR!"which means Allah Almighty!!when you`re done,you should do prayer,wish for anything for yourself and for your loved ones.-Walk few steps to Jamrah Al Wosta(Medium...more
The three days after Eid is called Ayam Al Tashreeg.A pilgrim has an option of staying at mina in all three days,or just at the first two.We chose to go back to Jiddah a day earlier and then return again to Makka after few days , to preform Tawaf Al Wada`a (Farewell Tawaf)...when Makka`s grand mosque is less crowded.On the first day,usually right...more
Unlike Muslims all over the world,Eid al Ad-ha is less celebrated among Saudies,specially locals living next to Makka...for that the government is usually busy with the pilgrims.This time when I went to Hajj,I was extermely delighted to celebrate Hajj eid,it had a whole new meaning,by taking a shower and ending our Ihram(check Mina page for Islamic...more
The night before Arafat day(the most important day of Hajj)we slept early to prepare ourselves for the big day.(check Arafat page).We left Mina early in the morning 7:30am in the bus towards Arafa.Reached Arafa at 11:00am,then at 5:30 PM we left Arafa towards Muzdalifa.Leaving Arafa to Muzdalifa is called Al Nafra,and usually it`s the most tiring...more
Al Tarwiyya day is the day before Arafat day...pilgrims in the old days used to stay one night before Arafat to gather water,that`s why it`s called tarwiyya.It`s on the 8th day of Zul Hijja Month.My husband and I choose to go to directly to the camp,while some other pilgrims chose to go to Makkah to preform Tawaf al Kodoom and Sa`ee Al Hajj.I found...more
Usually the Hajj orgniser compnay provide all 3 meals,plus an all day beverages(jucies,water,coffee and tea).I didn`t eat anything(expet of apples and some busicuts)to prevent myself from going to the toilet.(not that it wasn`t clean,but I didn`t feel comfortable in public toilets).The buffet contained many...more
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We slept early most of the nights,unless there was an islamic lecture on things we needed to know about Hajj.
The only night we stayed up til the the next morning was Arafat day.
Dress Code: You will carry on wearing your ihram,until you do your ifadda Tawaf,then you will allowed to take a shower,wear makeup and perfume and get ready for the Eid celebrations.
One note for Muslims,you can change your ihram clothes with out Tahalol of ihram,white clothes get dirty easily,so you might need to take extra ihrams to change it before Arafa day.
on Eid and the upcoming days,you are allowed to wear what ever you like.
Women remain coverd though when they go out in public.Related to:
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Preforming Hajj is almost like a dream to many Muslims...it is the 5th pillar of islam and it is combined with the ability(financial ability)so a Muslim might spend all his life saving to be able to travel and preform Hajj.Not all Muslims can afford airconditioned busses.the picture speaks for itself !!!more
As you can see in the picture each camp area has maps. These are found in each area. You will notice that this particular map border is red. This denotes that you are in the Europe area. Each country and continent has different areas or colours. Be sure to reference the map before setting off. Its very easy to get lost as the camp area is huge! You...more
Mina Warnings and Dangers
I`m sad to say this,but many pilgrims litter everywhere,and the government can`t do much about it,though it provides large garbage cans,but they can`t collect it,simply because many people are sleeping on the streets,preventing car traffic.By the 3rd day of hajj piles of garbage is all over the roads.so be prepared,take washing eye drops with...more
Collect all the pebbles you need from Mozdalifah,you will NOT find any at Mina,as everywhere is paved now.you will need 7 for the first Agaba al kobra.then 7 for each Jamarah soghra,wostah and kobra 7*3=21(for each day)so 21*3 nights=63 pebble not to forget the 7 above..63+7=70 in all.some people advise in collecting more,incase some one needed...more
Make sure you know exactly where you are when you arrive in mina. More importantly know where the emergency exists are from your tent in Mina, as NO ONE will tell you. In the case of fire, flood or what ever may come your way, God Forbid, you need to know how best to leave the camp site. Large Emergency exit signs are dotted everywhere and fire...more
Mina What to Pack
Everything you might think of!
Luggage and bags: The orgnising company we went with gave each one of us a carry on complementary bag.
you can also take a back pack with you to use on the night you will spend in Muzdalifa.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If Hajj (like this year)is in winter time,it is advised to take a light jacket with you,or even if your like me(get cold even from an aircondition).
-extra ihram to change after the tarwiyya day and before going to Arafat.
-slippers with you to use in the toilets.
-new garments for the Eid celebrations.
-if you`re a female take extra head scarves.
-extra under garments.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: -Take Dettol wipes(you can only use it after Tahalol from ihram)as well as unsented soap for the days of your ihram,and regular sented soaps and shampoo after Tahalol.
you will need either perfume or anti prespirant deodrent(like Dove stick).
-Advil,Tylanol or Asprin.
-cough syrope and lozenges(for sore throat).
-a hair blow dryer,a small iron.(for women).
Photo Equipment: -cameras are allowed in Mina area,I even saw some pilgrims with vedio cameras!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: you might need an umbrella on Arafat day and if your camp is away from Al Jamarat area,it will prevent sun light(as men are not allowed to wear anything on their heads like a hat or a cap while they have their ihram on).
Miscellaneous: Face surgical masks to wear at Jamarat site.
Luckly the government provided ambelance and medical teams all over Mina.Related to:
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Mina Off The Beaten Path
The Mina Mountains
Although Mina is now a very flat area full of permanent tents, around it are moutains in all directions.
As you can see from the pic these stand out clearly from the Tents.Related to:
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Mina is only really visited during the Hajj season for a few days by about 2 million people all at the same time. You would think that such a small area would get quite congested during this time, but no, you still feel at peace. Why?There is nothing really to stress you out and everyone is at peace. No Internet connection, limited mobile coverage...more
I insisted to go to the three Jamarat to stone the devil(there isnt really a devil there as some ignorant Muslims might think)it`s only a symbolic action....Anyways,on the first night my husband and I among few others waited until midnight and the crowed was a lot less...I had only seven pebbles with me,but I needed 21,and my husband had none,and...more
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