The Jamaraat are 3 stone pillars which are pelted as an obligatory ritual of Hajj in emulation of the Hazrat Ibraheem (AS). They represent the three spots where Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) pelted the Shaitan (Satan) with stones when he tried to discourage him from sacrificing his son Hazrat Ismaeel (AS). The pillars are called ‘Jamaraat-al-Ula’, ‘Jamaraat-al-Wusta’ and ‘Jamaraat-al-Aqaba’.
One of the purposes of the Hajj is to remember, whereas in Mina, how a 94 years old father brought his 8 years old son here for great sacrifice. Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) had first left his wife and newborn son, Hazrat Ismaeel (AS) in the desert upon ALLAH’S command. Then while returning after 8 years to them Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) saw a dream wherein a man told Him that ALLAH Almighty wanted him to Qurbani (sacrifice) of His son. He saw the same dream for 3 consecutive nights and as He was a Prophet, his dreams were a shape or form of Wahi (Divine Instruction). He realised that ALLAH Almighty wanted him to sacrifice His son for whom his heart was overfilled with emotions and love. He went to his wife and asked her to dress up Hazrat Ismaeel (AS). Hazrat Ismaeel (AS) was overjoyed that his father had come after a long time and was taking him out for a walk.
They reached Mina. Here Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) asked His son that your father has seen a dream, what is your opinion about this? The motive for asking was not to ask his opinion in deciding whether to go with the order or not. It was to see whether his son will agree to Him to follow the order freely or will He have to by force carry out this command.
The son replied,” My father, obey the order given by ALLAH Almighty. You will, INSHALLAH find me steadfast. Give my shirt to my mother as it will be a basis of comfort for her and enfold me in your own shirt. Put me face down so you cannot see my face, in case you hesitate in carrying out my slaughter.”
The earth and the witnessed that Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) tied his son and laid him down. This was very unacceptable to Shaitan so he firstly went to Bibi Hajra (upon her be peace) and asked her, “Do you know where Hazrat Ibraheem (AS) has taken your son?” She replied,” To meet a friend.” He said, “By meet a friend he aimed to meet ALLAH Almighty. He is going to sacrifice him!” She said, “How can a father slaughter his son?” By mistake, Shaitan spoken, “It is ALLAH’S command.” On hearing this Bibi Hajra (upon her be peace) replied, “If this is ALLAH’S command, then even a hundred Ismaeels can be sacrificed in this way.”
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