Hajj & Umrah Guide

Departure for Arafat 

Offer Fajr prayer in Mina, say Takbir Tashriq

اللّهُ أكبر اللّهُ أكبر, لا إلَهَ الا اللّه, وَاللّهُ أكبر اللّهُ اكبر, و لِلّه الحمدَ

“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La Ilaha Illallahu, Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Walillaahil Hamd”

(Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest, there is none worthy of worship except Allah and Allah is the greatest and to Allah is all praise.)

and Talbiyah

لَبَّيْكَ اللَّهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ، لَبَّيْكَ لاَ شَرِيْكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ، إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ لاَشَرِيْكَ لَكَ

“Labbayk, Allahumma labbayk, labbayka la sharika laka labbayk, Innal Hamda wan nimata laka wal mulk, la sharika lak.”

(Here I am, O Lord, here I am, you indeed have no partner, here I am. No Doubt, all praise and bounties are yours, and so is the absolute Domain. You indeed have no partners, here I am)

Get ready and reach Arafat by zawal (declining of the sun).


Take a bath, if possible, otherwise perform wudu and have meals. Packages of food are usually provided by the Mu’allim. Also take some rest.


The second obligatory act of Hajj is Wuquf in Arafat. Waquf is started at the beginning of zawal (declining of the sun) and ends at the sunset. Spend this time uttering Talbiyah, repent on your sins, seek forgiveness and mercy of Allah, say Darud Sharif and utter all the supplications (du’as) in Arabic and in your own language. It is better to do Waquf while standing but sitting down is also allowed. It is Mustahab to pray and observe the pure essence of Allah and asking forgiveness from him in that time, the superiority of praying in this place and time is unequaled.

 Zuhr and Asr Prayers 

In Masjid-e-Namrah, the imam leads Zuhr and Asr prayers, combined and shortened, at Zuhr time with one adhan but separate iqamahs. At other places in Arafat, some people similarly combine these two salats. But it is advisable that if you are praying away from Masjid-e-Namrah, offer them at their proper times with jama’at as recommended by the most scholars.

 Departure for Muzdalifah 

When the sun sets in in Arafat, proceed to Muzdalifah without offering Maghrib prayer reciting Zikr and Talbiyah on the way.

 Maghrib and Isha Prayers 

In Muzdalifah offer Maghrib and Isha prayers together at Isha time. For both prayers there is one adhan and one iqamah.
  • First offer Fard prayer of Maghrib with jama’at. Then say Takbir Tashriq and Talbiyah.
  • Immediately after that offer Fard prayer of Isha with jama’at.
  • After this offer two Sunnah of Maghrib.
  • Then offer two Sunnah of Isha followed by Witr prayer.
  • Offering Nafl prayer is optional.

 Zikr and Du’a 

Spend this night under the open skies at Muzdalifah. This is a very blessed night in which glorify Allah, recite Darud Sharif, read Quran, utter Talbiyah and supplicate very humbly. Also take some rest.


Pick up 49 pebbles / stones of the size of big grams (chick peas) if Rami is to be performed for three days and 70 if for four days (if the pilgrim has to stay the 13th day of Zil Hajjah, then he/she needs 70 pebbles). It is better to collect them in the night of the Eid from Mash’ar and bring them in a bag. It is advisable to collect some extra pebbles because it is possible that while performing Rami, some of them may not strike the Jamarah & get wasted.

 Fajr Prayer and Waquf 

At the Fajr time after two rakah Sunnah, offer Fard prayer with jama’at. then perform waquf.

 Return to Mina 

Proceed to Mina when the sun is about to rise.
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