Pillars of Islam

Description and Significance of the Terms used in Hajj

Rami (stoning ) of Jamarat

  • Stoning the three stone pillars called Jamarat.

  • Three pillars are Jamarat-ul-Uqba, Jamarat-ul-Wusta and Jamarat-ul-Sughra.

  • Satan tried to deceive Hazrat Ibrahim, as he was about to offer Hazrat Ismail for sacrifice to Allah.

  • It is in memory of this that Rami is performed.

  • On the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah (Eid ul-Adha), pilgrims must hit the large Jamrah only with 7 pebbles.

  • On each of the following two days they must hit each of the three walls with 7 pebbles, going in order from east to west.

  • At least 49 pebbles are needed for the ritual, more if some throws miss.

  • Some pilgrims stay at Mina for an additional day; in this case they must again stone each wall 7 times.

  • The pebbles used in the stoning are traditionally gathered at Muzdalifah, a plain southeast of Mina, on the night before the first throwing, but can also be collected at Mina.

Significance

  • Stoning (Rami)  is wajib during Hajj.

  • All three jamarat represent the devil:

  • The first and largest represents his temptation of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) against sacrificing Hazrat Ishmael, the second represents the temptation of Ibrahim’s wife Hagar Hazrat Hajrah(AS)to induce her to stop him, and the third represents his temptation of Ishmael to avoid being sacrificed.

  • He was rebuked each time, and the throwing of the stones symbolizes those rebukes.

  • In the Stoning at al-Jamaraat, we commemorate Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and remember how strong and firm he was against Shaytan – our enemy since the time of Adam (A).

  • We should remember how Satan does his utmost effort to distract us from doing what we’re supposed to do to become closer to Allah and to enter Paradise.

  • The ‘Rami’ symbolizes cursing Iblis and waging war against him.

  • A pilgrim swears to defeat Iblis and to keep him away so as not to influence his actions.

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