Q: In the recent past the Saudi authorities have started keeping haajis in tents put up at Muzdalifah before they proceed to Arafat because of lack of space at Mina. Will the stay of these hajjis be considered as having been spent at Mina like those who actually stay at Mina proper. Secondly hajis returning from Arafat also spend the night in the same area where the tents have been erected at Muzdalifah. Will these hajis be considered as having fulfilled their wuquuf of Muzdalifah (as in reality it is actually proper Muzdalifah).
1. Though the Hajj will be valid, the Sunnah of remaining in Mina will not be obtained.
2. Since they are in Muzdalifah, the wuqoof of Muzdalifah will be fulfilled provided they are present in Muzdalifah at the time of wuqoof.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)