The Third Day Of Hajj

The Third Day Of Hajj

Waqof-e-Muzdalifa
Today is the 10th of Zilhijja. Today the Hajj Pilgrims have to perform many Wajibat (plural of Wajib) and Faraidh (plural of Fardh) of Hajj. That is why they have been exempted from saying Id Prayers. The first Wajib is the Waqof in Muzdalifa the duration of which of from the appearance of Fajr (day break) to some time before the rising of the sun. This Wajib however stands discharged if someone goes to Mina a short while after the appearance of Fajr without waiting for the sunrise. though only saying Fajr prayers in Muzdalifa does also suffice the fulfillment of this Wajib yet Sunnat is this that the sunrise should be waited for.

Rule Of Action
Waqof can be observed anywhere within the surroundings of Muzdalifa open-field with the exception of Wadi-e-Muhassir (the Valley of Muhassir) which is a place out of Muzdalifa towards Mina. This is the place where the Divine punishment had desce nded upon the people of the elephant (Ashab-e-fil). It is also known, nowadays, by the name of Wadi-e-Nar. On its entrance, the Government of Saudi Arabia has fixed a notice board so that no one stays in Wadi-e-Muhassir by mistake. It is preferable to observe Waqof near Mash'ar-e-Haram which is also called as Jabal-e-Quzah. If due to rush of people it is difficult to reach there you may observe Waqof after offering your Fajr prayers in darkness (Just after daybreak) wherever you have been staying. During this Waqof also, you should remain busy with Talbiya, Takbir, Tahlil, Istighfar, Tauba (turning to Allah in penitence) and Darod.

Rule Of Action
Waqof-e-Muzdalifa is Wajib but for women and very old, weak and ailing persons it is permissible that they abandon the Waqof and go straight to Mina. Any Kaffara-e-Dam (i.e. atonement by way of animals' sacrifice) is also not Wajib on them on this account. But of course, if mail persons abandon this Waqof without any ailment or very old age they will certainly fall under the obligation of Dam.

Rule Of Action
This distinction between an ailing and an unailing person that an ailing person is not bound to offer a 'Dam' on abandoning the Waqof is exclusively related to Waqof-e-Muzdalifa. Violation of any of other abstinances of Ihram inspite of its being on account of illness will however impose obligation of Dam (Zubda).