Errors and Innovations in Hajj – II

Saturday 15/10/2011
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… Continued

·        Supplicating after stoning the big Jamarah.
·        Some people think that they are actually stoning Satan and that he is there physically, and start giving Satanic names to each of the three Jamaraat. This is incorrect and is not permitted.
·        Wasting the meat of the sacrificial animal after slaughtering it, even though it is possible to distribute it amongst the poor.
·        Running and uncovering the right shoulder (for men) during Tawaaf Al-Ifaadhah, while this should only be done during the first Tawaaf.
·        Some people push, shove and harm others in order to kiss the Black Stone, they may even abuse others or hit them. This is not suitable behavior for such a place, and Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Hajj is (during) well known months, so whoever has made hajj obligatory upon himself therein (by entering the state of ihram), there is (to be for him) no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Hajj}[Quran, 2: 197]
·        Some people believe that the Black Stone benefits on its own and they touch it with their hands then rub their bodies with them. This is ignorance, because Allah The Almighty alone is the One who benefits, and ‘Umar, may Allah be pleased with him,said while he was touching it, "I know that you are merely a stone which neither harms nor benefits, and had it not been that I saw the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), kissing you I would not have kissed you."
·        Some people touch all corners of the Ka’bah, and all four of its walls. This is incorrect; the Sunnah (Prophetic tradition) is to only touch the corner which contains the Black Stone and Yemeni Corner.
·        Kissing the Yemeni Corner when one is only supposed to touch it with the hand if possible or else pass it without uttering “Allahu Akbar” or doing anything else.
·        Some people commit to certain supplications during Tawaaf.
·        Some people recite supplications aloud so that others can collectively repeat after them. This is incorrect, because it disturbs others around them and contradicts the Sunnah.
·        Some people push others in order to pray behind the station of Ibraaheem, may Allah exalt his mention. It is permissible to pray the two Rak’ahs after Tawaaf anywhere in the mosque.
·        Some people recite the Quran for a long time during the two Rak’ahs after Tawaaf, then raise their hands and supplicate.
·        Some people perform Tawaaf as a group while holding each other’s hands, thus make things extremely difficult for others trying to perform Tawaaf.
·        It is not permissible to go inside the semi-circular wall that begins at the corner after the black stone, because this area is considered as being inside the Ka’bah. If this is done then one must repeat the current circuit.
·        Combining prayers in Mina.
·        Not spending the night in Mina.
·        Abandoning supplications after stoning the first two Jamaraat.
·        Some people stone during times other than those designated for stoning, which starts when the sun reaches its zenith.
·        Some people think that they are actually stoning Satan and that he is there physically, so they shout and scream. We must remember that this rite was legislated so as to establish the remembrance of Allah The Almighty, and this is why the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), used to utter “Allahu Akbar” after each pebble.
·        Supplicating after stoning the last one of the three Jamaraat.
·        Some people do not stone the three Jamaraat in the correct sequence.
·        Some people throw all pebbles at once, which is a serious mistake that necessitates that they must re-throw, as the scholars have said, "If someone throws all pebbles in one go, it will count as one pebble only. One should throw only one pebble at a time."
·        Some people authorise others to throw on their behalf whilst being capable of doing it themselves, and this contradicts the command of Allah The Almighty for fulfilling the rites of Hajj.
·        Some people authorise others to stone on their behalf and then return to their countries without spending the nights in Mina during the days of Tashreeq, and without stoning.
·        Some people go from Minaon the day they are returning to their countries of residence and perform the farewell Tawaaf, they then return to Mina and stone the last day’s three Jamaraat. By doing so, they have not made the farewell Tawaaf the last act that they have performed.

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