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Beneficial Lessons from Throwing Stones in Hajj

By His Eminence the great scholar and Imam, Shaikh Abdul-Azeez Ibn Baz

(رحمه اللّه)

Throwing the stones of Aqabah on the day of Eid, for the three pillars on the day of Mina, and in the times which the messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) has specified, benefit the Muslim with a great reward and many different lessons, including:

1.  It is the example of our father Ibrahim, the close friend of Allah, (peace be upon him) when the devil showed himself to him in these places. Likewise our prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) legislated it for his nation in the farewell pilgrimage.

2.  Establishing and publicizing the remembrance of Allah as the prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Verily the circuiting of the house, the walking between Safa and Marwa, and the throwing of stones have been made to establish the remembrance of Allah.” [Ahmed & Abu Dawud]

3.  The observance of the number seven has great wisdom which reminds us of what Allah has legislated with this number, seven stones are thrown like seven circuits around the Kabah, and the walking between Safa and Marwah is done seven times, and the prophet (peace be upon him) has said, “do things in odd number for verily Allah is an odd number (one) and loves odd numbers” and He, be He glorified and praised, has great wisdom in that which He legislated for his servants, which may be known and apparent and while some it may go unknown to them, they are certain that Allah the Glorified is All Wise and All Knowing and does nothing nor legislates anything in vain.

4.  The Islamic religion is a religion of conformity to Allah’s order, and the Muslim is ordered with worship according to the legislative texts even if it’s secrets go unknown, for Allah is all knowing of everything and with everything wise and knows the human is limited and amounts to nothing in regards to Allah’s knowledge.  Thus He obligated the Muslim with submission to His orders and compliance to His commands even if he doesn't know the wisdom behind them.

5.  Throwing the stones gives the Muslim the feeling of humility and submissiveness to the command of Allah during its performance just as it accustoms the individual Muslim to organization and order in the appointed times and persistence upon it in his throwing of the stones at the first, second, and third pillars which is Aqabah, restricting himself to seven pebbles one after the other with calmness while not harming others with words or actions.  All of this accustoms the believer to organizing important affairs and caring for them until they have been performed in their finalized times.

6.  Keeping the pebbles and not putting them in the wrong place gives the Muslim the feeling of placing importance upon safeguarding what Allah has legislated, not being wasteful, and putting things in their proper place with out extravagance, excess, or deficiency.

Translated by:  Abu Ibrahim John Starling

January 10, 2007