How The Noble
prophet Conducted Pilgirmage:
This is a translation of the detailed report of the
Prophet’s pilgrimage as given by Jabir ibn Abdullah, one of
his young companions on whose authority a large number of
the Noble Prophet’s pronouncements are transmitted by the
most authentic of compilers.
This report forms the basis of many of the rulings and
opinions given by the different schools of thought with
regard to pilgrimage and its practices and duties. Phrases
given in parenthesis are explanatory additions.
Allah’s Messenger, peace be on him, stayed (in
Madinah) nine years without performing the pilgrimage. In
his tenth year in Madinah it was announced to all people
that Allah’s Messenger will perform the pilgrimage. Many
people flocked to Madinah seeking to follow the guidance of
Allah’s Messenger and to do like him.
We went out with him until we arrived at
Dhul-Hulaifah where Asmaa’ bint Umais gave birth to Muhammad
ibn Abu Bakr. She sent a message to the Prophet asking what
she should do (considering that she would be in her
post-natal period). She can then go into Ihram. The
Prophet offered his prayers at the mosque there and mounted
his she-camel, Al-Qasswaa’. When his she-camel was well
into the desert, I looked up and saw all around me people
walking on foot, or riding animals, accompanying him. I
could not see the end of them either in front or on the
right or on the left or in the rear.
The Prophet was with us, receiving Qur’anic
revelations, the interpretation of which he knew very well.
Whatever he did, we did likewise. He raised his voice with
phrases stressing Allah’s unity: “Labbayk Allahumma
Labbayk, Labbayk La Shareeka Laka Labbayk. Innal Hamda
Wanne’mata Laka walmulk, La Shareeka Laka”. People
raised their voices with whatever praises they wished to
repeat, and the Prophet did not take exception to any of
it. He, however, maintained his own mode of “Talbiyah”.