As we mentioned before, before the sunset of the second day of hajj, Allah, The Almighty would forgive everyone on plain Arafat. It's a great day for Muslims. Satan is never seen smaller than on this day. We are fasting today. According to hadith, fasting of Arafa day atones one year before and the next year. I hope Allah will accept our fasting. Before sunset, pilgrims must leave plain Arafah back to Minna. They must pass plain Muzdalifa and spend the night there. On their faithful journey, they continue their chanting. Once they reach rite Muzdalifa, they combine Magrib and Ishaa prayers together. As usual, Ishaa prayer is shortened to two rakaa. They pray dawn prayer at (Almashaar alhram), a ritual mosque in Muzdalifa, and in the morning, they continue their journey to ritual Mina.
Now we are on the third day of hajj, the 10th of Thulhijjah. It is called the day of Nahr or sacrifice. Many animals are slaughtered on this day. Even for us here at home, we do our sacrifices following the sunnah and commemorating our Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ismail. The pilgrim does plenty of rituals here in Mina. Sacrificing is an obligation for (mutamatee and garin), please see my blog, hajj 2014, about (tamtuu and giran). But for the mufrid pilgrim, sacrificing is not an obligation. He can cut his hair or shorten it. Tawaf Ifada can be done after throwing gamratul agaba at the first pillar which is thrown by seven pebbles on the tenth day of Thulhijjah. The next day, he throws seven pebbles at each of the three pillars for two days that makes forty two pebbles. Adding to them the first seven pebbles, the total will be forty nine.
Then going to Mecca for Tawaf and Sayiee. Our prophet was asked whether to throw the stones first or to sacrifice, he answered, ((do anything and there is no embarrassment or harm)). The pilgrim will stay two days if he is hasty. If he is not, he stays three days in Mina. That makes five days of hajj. Then he goes back home. For more details about hajj and its rituals, you can go back to my blog about hajj in 2014.