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Travelling to Mina on the 8th of Dhul-Hijjah

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Travelling to Mina on the 8th of Dhul-Hijjah

By
Shaykh al-Hadith Hadhrat
Maulana Abdul Raheem
hafizahullah

Ummul Mu’mineen Aysha Radiallahu Anha narrates that I said: “Ya Rasulullah! Shall we not build a (a tent or something) for you in Mina, so that you can rest in some shade?” He replied: “No! Mina is the settling place for those who arrive there early.” ie all hujjaj are equal. [Tirmizi Shareef]

One Sahabi narrates that Rasulullah ﷺ delivered a speech in Mina. He settled the people down and said: “The Muhajireen should camp here indicating towards the right side of the Qibla, and the Ansar should camp there and he pointed towards the left. And the rest should camp in the surroundings of the two.”

*Note:* On the 8th of Dhul Hijjah, Hujjaje Kiraam go to Mina, approximately 3 miles from Makkah Mukarramah. It is Sunnat to go to Mina and pray five Salah; Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib, Isha and the Fajr of the 9th, which is the day of Arafah.

Our respected Shaykh Yunus Saheb R.A mentioned that Mina is named as such because blood (of sacrificial animals) is shed in the area of Mina:

لأنها تمني بها الدماء . من نطفة اذا تمني

Sayyiduna Ibrahim Alayhis Salam brought Sayyiduna Ismail Alayhis Salam to this area for sacrifice. However, the knife did not cut the throat and Allah (swt) sent down a ram which was sacrificed and since then, the Qurbani was initiated. Qurbani is done on Yawmun-Nahr, the 10th, in Mina.

Staying in Mina on the 8th and then on the 11th and 12th, is Sunnah. And if possible, one should stay there on the 13th as well.

The Wuqoof of Arafah on the 9th is Fardh. So coming to Mina is like when we pray Sunnats before and after the Fardh of Zuhr Salah. Similarly, we arrive in Mina to get focused on our main Fardh Ibadat which is the Wuqoof of Arafah.

Mina is a reminder of many historical events related to our Prophet ﷺ;

1, Bay’ate Aqaba (The pledge that the Ansaar made to Rasulullah ﷺ). They embraced Islam in this area. A masjid was later built there which still exists today.

2, It also reminds us of Hijra. Because the invitation for Migration was given here and preparations also started from here. Migration was the turning point in the Islamic history.

3, Mina also reminds us of the many sacrifices of Rasulullah ﷺ in the work of Da’wah. He ﷺ performed many Hajj before Nubuwwat as well as after receiving prophethood. He ﷺ stayed in Makkah Mukarramah for 13 years after Nubuwwat, and during that time, he would try his best to reach out to the crowd in the Mawsim, ie. the Hajj. He would come to Mina, go into the tents of various tribes, and invite people towards Tawheed. His wretched uncle, Abu Lahab, would follow him around and go to those tents and say “Don’t listen to my nephew, he is mad. Hold on to the ancient practices of your forefathers.” He would pour water over the hard work of Rasulullah ﷺ.

So, there are many significances and plenty of reasons for going to Mina.

Q: Should we pray Jumuah in Mina?

A: Yes, people live in Mina throughout the year so it’s like a town, hence Jumuah should be performed here.

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