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Al MASHAR AL HARAM is the Valley between Muzdalifa and Mina, where pilgrims should make a Du’a after they have slept in Muzdalifah while they are going to Makkah to throw Jamrat al-Aqabah on the morning of the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah. [1]


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Al-Mash`ar Al-Haram is what is between the two Mounts as Ibn `Abbas, Sa`id bin Jubayr, `Ikrimah, Mujahid, As-Suddi, Ar-Rabi` bin Anas, Al-Hasan and Qatadah have stated. [2]



Narrated Salim:`Abdullah bin `Umar used to send the weak among his family early to Mina. So they used to depart from Al-Mash'ar Al-Haram (that is Al-Muzdalifa) at night (when the moon had set) and invoke Allah as much as they could, and then they would return (to Mina) before the Imam had started from Al- Muzdalifa to Mina. So some of them would reach Mina at the time of the Fajr prayer and some of them would come later. When they reached Mina they would throw pebbles on the Jamra (Jamrat-Al- `Aqaba) Ibn `Umar used to say, "Allah's Messenger () gave the permission to them (weak people) to do so." Sahih al-Bukhari 1676


Scholars view

The scholars differed in opinion with regard to the meaning of Al-Mash'ar Al-Haraam. Some of them are of the view that it means Muzdalifah; please refer to the interpretation of Al-Qurtubi in regard to his interpretation of the Saying of Allaah (which means): {But when you depart from 'Arafaat, mention Allaah at Al-Mash’ar Al- Haraam.}[Quran 2:198]. Some other scholars are of the view that it refers to a mountain which is called Qazah in Muzdalifah.


Al-Mash'ar Al-Haraam is also interpreted to refer to the place between the two mountains of Muzdalifah, from the narrow passage between the last two mountains before entering Makkah for those coming from 'Arafah, and the valley of Muhassir. [3]


Allaah Knows best.


See also

Mina; Muzdalifah; Arafah; Umrah; Hajj;






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