The Numbered Days

The Numbered Days
  • Publish date:11/10/2011
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Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {And remember Allah during [specific] numbered days. Then whoever hastens [his departure] in two days – there is no sin upon him; and whoever delays [until the third] – there is no sin upon him – for him who fears Allah. And fear Allah and know that unto Him you will be gathered.} [Quran 2:203]

The numbered days are the 11th, 12th, and 13th of Thul-Hijjah, which are known as the days of Tashreeq. They were called “Days of Tashreeq”; because people used to slice the meat into strips and dry them in the sun so that it would not spoil when they stored it and they would feed on it during their return journey to their families after performing Hajj. The days of Tashreeq are the three days following the day of An-Nahr (the first day of ‘Eed Al-Adh-ha).
1-    The first day: the 11th of Thul-Hijjah, which is called the Day of Qarr (the Day of Settlement) as the pilgrims settle in Mina. They do not consider going back to their families as they have not carried out all the due rites. It was also called the Day of Ar-Ru’oos (the Day of Heads) because some pilgrims would eat the heads of the sacrificial animals and slice the meat into strips to dry them in the sun.
2-    The second day: the 12th of Thul-Hijjah, which is called the First Day of Nafr (departure). The day that follows the day of Al-Qarr (the 11th of Thul-Hijjah) is called day of An-Nafr in which pilgrims depart from Mina, whereas the second day of An-Nafr is the 13th of Thul-Hijjah, the last day of the days of Tashreeq. It is allowed for the pilgrims who had thrown the pebbles after noon time to go from Mina to Makkah before sunset of that day and perform Tawaaf Al-Wadaa' (Farewell Tawaaf) and then return to their countries.
3-    The third day: the 13th day of Thul-Hijjah is called “The second day of Nafr”. It is better for the pilgrims who can stay in Mina for the rest of the 12th day of Thul-Hijjah and the night of the13th day, then throw the three pebbles after noon time of the 13th day, leave Mina and go to Makkah in order to perform the Tawaaf Al-Wadaa‘ and then return to their countries.
Hence, these are the numbered days, the Days of Tashreeq, which are the three days after the Day of Nahr. The Day of Nahr is not one of the numbered days, as some people may mistakenly believe.
Thikr (words of remembrance of Allah The Mighty) on these days can be of many types:
1-    Tasmiyah [saying: in the name of Allah The Entirely Merciful The exceptionally Merciful] and Takbeer while slaughtering the Hady (livestock: camel, cow or sheep). The pilgrims can slaughter the Hady on all these days and their nights until sunset of the 13th day of Thul-Hijjah.
2-    Thikr while throwing the pebbles on these three days after noontime. Whoever cannot throw the pebbles in the daytime can throw them at night for the past day not the coming one, according to the majority of scholars.
3-    Takbeer, which is not restricted to a specific time, according to the majority of scholars, whereas for non-pilgrims, it is prescribed after prayers according to a group of scholars. The Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, used to raise their voices with Takbeer on these days in Mina so that the mountains would shake with the echo of their voices.
4-    Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {Then whoever hastens [his departure] in two days – there is no sin upon him…}[Quran 2:203] This means that there is no blame on the pilgrim if he hastens to proceed from Mina and return to his country on the 12th day of Thul-Hijjah after throwing the pebbles after noontime and after performing Tawaaf Al-Wadaa‘. It is lawful for the pilgrims to do so, as long as they fear Allah The Exalted and carry out the rites as due, and fear Allah in adhering to His orders and avoiding His Prohibitions. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) deemed it lawful for the pilgrims to leave Mina on that day.
5-    Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {…and whoever delays [until the third] – there is no sin upon him…} [Quran 2:203] This means that it is lawful for the pilgrim to delay throwing the pebbles, stay in Mina on the 13th day of Thul-Hijjah and throw the pebbles after noontime of the 13th day of Thul-Hijjah and then leave Mina. This is even more favorable and rewardable as it is what the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) and his Companions did.
6-    Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {… for him who fears Allah…} [Quran 2:203] This means that the pilgrims should fear Allah The Exalted in carrying out the due rituals and be conscious of their Lord through following His Commands and avoiding His Prohibitions.
7-    Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {…And fear Allah. And Allah teaches you.} [Quran 2:282] This is a reminder for all the pilgrims to observe Taqwa [fear of Allah]. It is in fact a reminder for all humankind; as it is the means with which one attains goodness in this life and in the Hereafter and avoids the evils in this life and the Hereafter. Allah The Exalted Says (what means):
·        {…And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out * And will provide for him from where he does not expect…}[Quran 65:2-3]
·        {…and whoever fears Allah – He will remove for him his misdeeds and make great for him his reward.}[Quran 65:5]
Allah The Exalted promised those who attain Taqwa exemption from Hellfire. Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {Then We will save those who feared Allah and leave the wrongdoers within it, on their knees.} [Quran 19:72]
Allah The Exalted guarantees that those who savor Taqwa are among the dwellers of Paradise. Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {That is Paradise, which We give as inheritance to those of Our servants who were fearing of Allah.} [Quran 19:63]
The more perfect one’s Taqwa is, the higher his level in Paradise will be. Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {Indeed, the righteous will be among gardens and rivers,* In a seat of honor near a Sovereign, Perfect in Ability.} [Quran 54:54-55]
Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {…and know that unto Him you will be gathered.} [Quran 2:203] This is a reminder of the Day of Resurrection. The pilgrims collectively observe these rites and then each of them goes on his way, back to his country; some are accepted and others are rejected. This reminds us of the verse that reads (what means): {That Day, the people will depart separated [into categories] to be shown [the result of] their deeds.} [Quran 99:6]
This urges Muslims to prepare for that day with repentance and righteous deeds before the Day of Reckoning, especially since the pilgrims face many perils while traveling. They may leave these Holy Places to the graves to reap the fruits of their deeds on earth.
Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {The Day when secrets will be put on trial,…} [Quran 86:9]

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