Common mistakes in mabit in Mina
1. On morning of the 12th of Dhul Hijja, a pilgrim does the stoning of the three pillars and then intends to go to Mecca and return back to Mina by mid-day so that he can finally depart from Mina in the afternoon with other pilgrims. Such a pilgrim should not make the mistake of taking all his possessions with himself since it is not permissible, based on precaution, to finally depart from Mina in the morning except if he leaves something from his belongings back in Mina to which he will return back.
2. On morning of the 12th of Dhul Hijja, a pilgrim does the stoning of the three pillars and then intends to go to Mecca for some work and return back to Mina by mid-day so that he can finally depart from Mina in the afternoon with other pilgrims. Such a pilgrim should realize that it is not obligatory upon him to return before midday since he is allowed to return even in the afternoon. The main thing worth considering is that he cannot finally depart from Mina before the midday; so he may return in the afternoon to Mina in order to finally depart from Mina before sunset of the same day or on the 13th of Dhul Hijja.
3. A pilgrim intends to spend the first half of the night in Mina but he is delayed from reaching Mina at sunset let us say by a few minutes. He assumes that this little delay in reaching Mina does not harm his requirement for mabit. This is a wrong assumption. He is now required to stay for the entire second half of the night in order to fulfillment the mabit at Mina.
4. Sometimes the pilgrims’ tents are erected in areas which are neither inside Mina nor in Wadi Muhassar; they are erected in Wadi an-Nar. Pilgrims end up staying there without inquiring about their location whether or not it is within Mina. Some tents are erected on the hills surrounding Mina and the pilgrims stay there thinking that it is part of Mina. Some even stay outside Mina with excuse that the rental charges for tents within Mina are very high.
Staying in such places is incorrect and does not fulfill the requirement of mabit in Mina, and the penalty for staying outside Mina is in form of sacrificing a sheep for each of the two or three nights.