Not Sure He Threw the Pebbles in Full during Hajj
Fatwa No: 85759

Question

I made Hajj this year, may Allah accept the Hajj from all Hujjaj. In the third day of Eid, when I was making Rami at the Jamra al-Aqab Asughra, I wasn't sure I threw stones in the circle. There was too much of a crowd that I couldn't get close enough to make sure I made the seven stones. The other two Jamrat (Wusta and Kubra) were fine, I made at least seven at each. I had to leave right away to catch the group that was leaving Mena that day. I am in doubt since that day. What should I do in case I missed some stones that didn't make it? Although I had extra stones with me, I cannot be sure I threw at least seven which hit the target. Please tell me what can I do so I can rest and have a peace of mind on this issue. I follow imam Shafi'e in case it matters.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

If doubt occurs about the number of pebbles while throwing them at Jamarah, then one must act according to what he is certain of; i.e., the (lesser) number, and then he should throw the remaining number. If the doubt rises after completing the act of throwing the pebbles, then one should not care about it unless he strongly believes that he did not throw the required number. If he strongly believes that he failed to throw some of the required pebbles, then he should throw the missing pebbles if it is possible to do so in the same period. If it is not possible, then one should slaughter a sheep if the doubt is three or more pebbles. If the doubt is in one pebble, then he should give a Mudd (which is approximately 750 grams) of food, and two Mudds of food if he doubts two pebbles. This is the opinion of the Shaafi’i School of jurisprudence.

Allah knows best.

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