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Question: What should a pilgrim do on the 8th of Dhul-Hijjah?

Answer: The 8th of Dhul-Hijjah is the Muhall (site for entering the state of ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) of Ihram if he is in Makkah and has performed Tahalul (removal of the ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) or if he intends to perform Hajj while being of the people of Makkah who reside in it. Then, it is preferable for him to enter into the state of Ihram on the 8th day since the Prophet (peace be upon him) instructed the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) who had performed Tahalul for `Umrah to do so. Thus, they entered into the ritual state of Ihram for Hajj on the 8th day and then headed for Mina. This is the most preferable practice for the pilgrim, i.e., to enter into the ritual state of Ihram from his residence, perform Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity), apply perfume, wear Izar (garment worn below the waist) and Rida' (garment worn around the upper part of the body) and then head for Mina in a state of Ihram. Moreover, he does not need to perform Tawaf-ul-Wada` (circumambulation of the Ka`bah on leaving Makkah) whether his residence was in Al-Haram (all areas within the Sacred Sanctuary of Makkah) or in Al-Hil )all areas outside the Sacred Sanctuary of Makkah) Likewise, a woman should enter into the state of Ihram from her house or camp or any other place, have a bath, apply suitable perfume, wear decent clothes that involve no temptation and then head to Mina, with no need for Tawaf-ul-Wada`. Such is the recommended practice on the 8th day. However, if one enters into the state of Ihram before the 8th, there is no harm in it. Yet, the 8th day is the preferable day for it. Likewise, if he delays it to the 9th day, there is no harm; yet, it is still preferable to enter into Ihram on the 8th day, as is indicated above, since the Prophet (peace be upon him) instructed his Companions to do so

 

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