Around Muzdalifah and Mina, Makkah

January 19, 2018 Mecca Saudi Arabia

After visiting the hills, our group was taken on a bus trip to visit the places people will go during Hajj - like Muzdalifah and Mina. 

Around Muzdalifah and Mina, Makkah
Somewhere along the way

Muzdalifah is simply a desert, between Mina and Arafah. Usually, after the pilgrims go for wukuf in Arafah, they will stop by Muzdalifah around Maghrib and pray Maghrib and Isyak (as jamak qasar), then wait till Fajr prayer. I have been told that the pilgrims also will collect the stones that will be used for jamrah (melontar jamrah - I am not that sure the meaning behind it)

Around Muzdalifah and Mina, Makkah
Mina station

Picture above is Mina station. I have no idea there is public transportation like MRT here! And yes, it exists :D Just, the trains are only used for only 3 days per year (for Hajj I guess)

And we were also brought to see a mosque here in Muzdalifah - named Al-Mash'ar Al-Haraam and I've been told that this mosque is open only once yearly.

Tidaklah menjadi salah, kamu mencari limpah kurnia dari Tuhan kamu (dengan meneruskan perniagaan ketika mengerjakan Haji). Kemudian apabila kamu bertolak turun dari padang Arafah (menuju ke Muzdalifah) maka sebutlah nama Allah (dengan doa,"talbiah" dan tasbih) di tempat Masy'ar Al-Haraam (di Muzdalifah), dan ingatlah kepada Allah dengan menyebutnya sebagaimana Ia telah memberikan petunjuk hidayah kepadamu; dan sesungguhnya kamu sebelum itu adalah dari golongan orang-orang yang salah jalan ibadatnya. - Quran 2:198

Around Muzdalifah and Mina, Makkah
Can you see the building on top of the hill? I am not sure if I heard this correctly from the mutawwif but it is said to be the area where the slaughtering of Nabi Ismail was replaced with kibas (what is kibas in English anyway?) 

To be honest, I am confused with all the tents and photos T____T

I can't remember which one is Mina, Muzdalifah etc. Sobsss.

Around Muzdalifah and Mina, Makkah
Interesting facts about the tents - they are left open through out the year. They are even waterproof and fireproof :D

Around Muzdalifah and Mina, Makkah
Other than tents, pilgrims who can afford to stay in hotels can do so. 

Around Muzdalifah and Mina, Makkah
I am not sure but I think the building is for Jamratul Aqabah.

Around Muzdalifah and Mina, Makkah
Another part of it.

Around Muzdalifah and Mina, Makkah
Another hotel, I think?

Finished touring around, we went to the nearest Miqat - Masjid Ja'ranah. Same like other places, there were huge crowds and it was a bit challenging to even go to the toilets and to take wudu'. Here, I was very glad with the existence of spray wudu' :D hehe.

Around Muzdalifah and Mina, Makkah
Bring along sarung kasut - so that you can take the shoes with you inside the mosque :)

To those who plan to perform another umrah can pray solat sunat ihram and set their niat here.
Otherwise, you can simple do solat tahiyatul masjid or do some shopping around the mosque :)

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