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Mina, seven kilometers east distance of Masjid al-Haram, is the place where Haj pilgrims sleep at night on the 8th, 11th, 12th (and some even the 13th) of Dul-Hijah. It contains Jamarat, the three stone pillars that pilgrims throw as part of the Hajj rituals.

Mina is mentioned in the Quran in Surah Baqarah: “And remember Allah for [certain] numbered days. Then the one who accelerates [his departure] in two days - there is no sin upon him; and the one who delays [until the third] - there is no sin on him - for one who fears Allah. And fear Allah, and know that to Him you will be assembled. ” [2: 203]

This Picture show Tents in Mina

Tents in Mina – Photo: Akram S Abrahe
Tents in Mina – Photo: Akram S Abrahe

The word Mina means “flow,” since it is here that the blood of the sacrificial animals flows throughout the day. Eidul Adha. During the farewell pilgrimage (Hajat-ul-Wadah) Muslims brought with them 100 camels for sacrifice. On the 10th, of Dhul Hijah the Prophet (saw) stoned Jamarat with stones and returned to his camp in Mina, where he sacrificed 63 camels. Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) slaughtered the remaining 37 camels, and the Prophet (saw) instructed that part of each camel is prepared and served to him and his companions.

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After the camels were sacrificed, the Prophet (saw) called the barber to shave his head. Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) subsequently noted the contrast between Khalid bin Walid before he accepted Islam (when he was the worst enemy of the Muslims) and Khalid, who now said: “O Messenger of Allah, they conjured! Grant it to anyone except me, my father and my mother will be your ransom! “And when the Prophet (saw) gave it to him, he pressed it reverently to his eyes and lips. It is reported that Khalid bin Walid (may Allah be pleased with him) kept this hair in his headdress.

Historic Mina In Mecca Haj pilgrims
Historic photo of Mina in 1889

There is a cave in Mina, known as the “Mursalat cave”, the Prophet (saw) was at that cave when Sura Mursalaat was revealed to him.


Sources: The History of Makkah Mukarramah – Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ghani, When the Moon Split – Shaikh Safiur-Rahman Mubarakpuri, Men around the Messenger – Khalid Mohammed Khalid, Muhammad – Martin Lings

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