Day 3: Read About Hajj

map14th of Dhul Hijjah 1434 H,
Al arbi’aa/Wednesday


This is our Hajj activity for day 3, for those who havent read our Hajj activity day 2, please click here.

The challenge for day 3;

Day 3: Read About Hajj

By now, the children have had some hands-on fun while learning about this pillar of faith. Next, it’s time to enhance this knowledge by poring over some well-illustrated books.

On day 3, we learned about the Hajj rituals. Please see the maps below;

map1photo source:

map2photo source:

When a pilgrim reaches the Miqaat – a place which he should not pass by except in a state of Ihraam – he should perform ghusl (i.e. a ritual bath), apply perfume, and wear an upper and a lower garment.  Women should wear the usual clothing that is legally prescribed for them.

Then, the pilgrim begins the ritual (i.e. assumes the state of Ihraam) and starts uttering talbiyah by saying “Labbayk Allaahumma Hajjan” (In response to You call O Allaah I perform Hajj). After that, the pilgrim utters the talbiyah which the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, used to say:

“Labbayka Allaahumma labbayk, Labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk, Innal hamda wan-ni’amata laka wal mulk, laa shareeka laka”

“In response to Your call, O Allaah here I come, In response to Your call, and I am obedient to Your orders, You have no partner, In response to Your call. All the praises and blessings are for You, All the sovereignty is for You, And You have no partners with You.”

A pilgrim should frequently utter talbiyah.

Arrival Circumambulation:

Once a pilgrim arrives to Makkah, he should begin by circumambulating around the Ka`bah starting with the Black Stone with the Ka`bah on his left hand. He should circumambulate the Ka`bah seven times.

After the circumambulation is over, a pilgrim should pray two Rak`ahs behind Maqaam Ibraaheem (The Station of Ibraaheem) or wherever he is able to.

It is desirable for a pilgrim to drink some Zamzam water.

Sa`y Between As-Safaa and Al-Marwah:

After circumambulation, a pilgrim ascends Mount As-Safaa a, faces the Ka`bah, utters takbeer, and supplicates Allaah. Then he heads for Al-Marwah, ascends it, utters takbeer, and supplicates Allaah.

After that, he starts the second round from Al-Marwah to As-Safaa, until he finishes the seven rounds ending at Al-Marwah.

Surah 2:158 → Indeed, as-Safa and al-Marwah are among the symbols of Allah. So whoever makes Hajj to the House or performs ‘umrah – there is no blame upon him for walking between them. And whoever volunteers good – then indeed, Allah is appreciative and Knowing. (

Going to Minaa:

On the morning of the eighth (8th) day of Dhul-Hijjah – known as the Day of Tarwyah – a pilgrim heads for Minaa to spend the night there. In Minaa, he performs Dhuhr, ‘Asr, Maghrib, and ‘Ishaa Prayers (shortening the four Rak’ah prayers to two). The following morning, he performs Fajr Prayer and this day is known as the Day of `Arafah.

Standing at `Arafah:

Standing at `Arafah is one of the pillars of Hajj without which it is invalid. A pilgrim should head for `Arafah after sunrise of the ninth (9th) day of Dhul-Hijjah. It is desirable to reach `Arafah at midday before the sun reaches its zenith (highest point) so that he can perform Dhuhr and ‘Asr Prayers combined at noon along with the Muslims (shortened to two Rak’ahs). It is desirable for a pilgrim to earnestly supplicate Allaah during his stay in `Arafah (Standing at `Arafah refers to the pilgrim’s stay there whether he is standing up or sitting down).

Additionally, a pilgrim should frequently utter talbiyah, remember Allaah, glorify Him, and invoke Him and exalt the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, as much as he is able.

On the day of `Arafah, Allaah bestows His favors on His slaves who strive to attain His Pleasure, and He makes the Angels bear witness that He has forgiven their sins.

Surah 2:198 → There is no blame upon you for seeking bounty from your Lord [during Hajj]. But when you depart from ‘Arafat, remember Allah at al- Mash’ar al-Haram. And remember Him, as He has guided you, for indeed, you were before that among those astray.

Onrush to Muzdalifah and Spending the Night There

After sunset of the ninth of Dhul-Hijjah, a pilgrim heads for Muzdalifah where he performs the Maghrib and ‘Ishaa Prayers combined and spends the night there (while shortening ‘Ishaa’ to two Rak’ahs).

Throwing Jamrat Al-`Aqabah:

After Fajr Prayer of the tenth (10th) of Dhul-Hijjah, it is desirable for a pilgrim to head for Minaa. Once he reaches Minaa, he should go to the Grand `Aqabah Jamrah and throw seven pebbles at it. Upon throwing each pebble, it is desirable to utter takbeer.

Having a Haircut:

After throwing the pebbles, a male pilgrim must either shave his hair or cut it, but it is better for him to shave it. As for female pilgrims, they should only cut a small part of their hair.

Ifaadhah Circumambulation:

The pilgrim returns to Makkah to perform the Ifaadhah circumambulation which is one of the pillars of Hajj, and it is performed in the same way as the first circumambulation. Once done, all the aforementioned prohibited acts for the pilgrim become permissible.

Returning to Minaa:

The pilgrim returns to Minaa to spend the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth of Dhul-Hijjah. Each day, a pilgrim throws seven pebbles at each of the three Jamrahs. The pilgrim should start with the Smaller Jamrah which is near Al-Kheef Mosque, then the Middle Jamrah, and finish with the Larger Jamrah which is next to Al-`Aqabah.

If a pilgrim is physically unable to throw the pebbles, it is permissible to delegate another pilgrim to do so on his behalf. It is also permissible for the pilgrim to spend only the eleventh and the twelfth of Dhul-Hijjah in Minaa.

Farewell Circumambulation:

Once the pilgrim has finished all the Hajj rituals and has decided to leave Makkah, he should perform the farewell circumambulation which is also seven rounds. Then, he should perform two-Rak`ahs Prayer, drink some Zamzam water, and supplicate Allaah to accept his Hajj. In this way, all the Hajj rituals are finished.


The challenge for day 4;

Day 4: Memorize the talbiya

Color the image of Ka’bah and puppet figures found here. I would suggest sticking them on popsicle sticks. Then take the stick puppets around the Ka’bah while reciting the talbiya

Please leave your comments at the bottom of this page or you can share your ideas by clicking the Guest Post at the top of this page.

Jazaakumullahu Khairan for reading my blog.

Source of article; Islamweb



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.