Muzdalifa is an open, level area near Mecca in Saudi Arabia associated with the Hajj.
It lies just southeast of Mina on the route between Mina and Arafat. Each year on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, after an afternoon of prayer at Arafat Muslim pilgrims visit Muzdalifa in the evening. Because of over-crowding, the pilgrims sometimes do not arrive there until late at night.
At Muzdalifa they collect pebbles (the number 49 is chosen because that is the number of days that Ibrahim was tempted by the devil) which will be thrown in the Stoning of the Devil ritual in Mina during the next three or four days. The pilgrims spend the night at Muzdalifa, often sleeping in the open air, before leaving for Mina the next morning. It is also where Prophet Ibrahim and his son Ismail threw stones at the evil spirit. (Eid ul-Adha).
Muzdalifa is preceded by a day at Arafat, glorifying Allah, repeating the supplication, repenting to Allah and asking him for forgiveness. In Arafat one must pray the Zuhr and Asr Prayers shortened and combined during the time of Zuhr. After sunset on the 9th day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, pilgrims travel to Muzdalifa.
Description of Muzdalifa
Arafat to Muzdalifa is 9km but walking time could be as much as two hours, as everybody is going together to one place at the same time, hence the pace is slower.
All roads are brightly lit up.
Once reaching Muzdalifa the colour of the street light changes indicating its boundary.
Toilet/Wudhu blocks, drinking water taps, food etc., found on the way. In Muzdalifa, everybody is sleeping in the open, either on tarmac or sand, wherever one has laid his bedding. Your two bed sheets brought from your hometown can come in quite handy here.
Transportation in Muzdalifa
Bus journey can take long as all the buses are headed in the same direction at the same time.
Generally, the buses have difficulty in reaching Muzdalifah, dropping you on the outskirts.
Ensure that you are dropped in Muzdalifah by looking out for the boundary billboards and change in colour of the street lights.
Buses will drop you at a designated place and will return to pick you up from the same place.