Spending the night in Muzdalifah on the days of Mina because there is no place in Mina to stay in

Question 44: I performed Hajj with six men and seven women, and we all entered Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) for `Umrah from Abyar `Alee. Upon reaching Al-Bayt-ul-Haram (the Sacred House, another name for the Ka`bah) and before entering, we were overtaken by the crowds so that we feared losing sight of the women. Before passing through the door of Al-Bayt-ul-Haram, I told my father that we have to perform Wudoo’ (ablution), because I did not perform it, and neither did three of the women who were with me. However, my father reproached me and said that we could perform Wudoo’ inside, but I already knew that there were no places to perform Wudoo’ inside and I told him that. However, he continued reproaching me so I remained silent.

After that we entered Al-Bayt-ul-Haram and I said to him, “Where is the place of Wudoo?” He replied, ‘Just do Tawaaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah).’ I told him that it was impermissible to do Tawaaf without Wudoo’, but in vain. When I realized that there was no way that I could convince him and his company, I went outside Al-Haram and performed Wudu’, then I came back and performed Tawaaf, Sa`ee (going between Saffaa and Marwah during Hajj), and then I cut my hair short and left Al-Haram, unlike the three other women who did Tawaf and Sa`y without Wudoo’ and ended the state of Ihram based on that. On the eighth day we entered Ihram and on the ninth day headed to `Arafah. By sunset of the day of `Arafah we took the buses and went to Muzdalifah where we arrived at approximately nine pm, and performed Maghrib (Sunset) and `Ishaa’ (Night) prayers shortened and combined. However, my father and his company said that we should move from this place due to the foul odor they perceived. Therefore, we got on the buses and found ourselves on the highway where the return direction was closed. This made us go all the way back until we reached `Arafah about twelve o’clock. We returned through this road to Muzdalifah but the road was densely crowded with cars, and we were trapped there until sunrise and we arrived at Muzdalifah once again. However, we could not find a place to sit, because there were tents everywhere, and so we had to set up our own tent in Muzdalifah. We all went to throw the first Jamrah (stone pillars at which pebbles are thrown during Hajj) except for the women who delegated others to do that on their behalf. The whole group spent the eleventh night at Muzdalifah as well as the twelfth night, except for me as I spent it in Mina alone after feeling tired as a result of searching the whole night for a place where I could spend the night.

After the first and second days of Tashreeq (11th and 12th of Dul-Hijjah) were over, and throwing Jamaarat as well as performing Tawaaf-ul-Ifaadah (final obligatory circumambulation of the Ka`bah in Hajj), I went with the three other women who made Tawaf without Wudu’, and told them to enter Ihram from Al-Tan`im, make Tawaaf, Sa`ee and do Taqseer (taking a finger-tip length from each tuft of hair). At night we all did Tawaaf-ul-Wadaa` (circumambulation of the Ka`bah on leaving Makkah) and returned to our family. Please advise me regarding the validity of this Hajj! May Allaah reward you the best. What should we do? Kindly give us you Fatwaa!

Answer: First, you do not have to slaughter a sacrificial animal for not spending the night in Muzdalifah, because this happened against your will. Second, you are not required to offer a sacrificial animal for spending the night in Muzdalifah on the days of Mina if you did not find a place to stay in while you were there… read more here.

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