It is the 11th Dhul-Hijjah 1433 AH (coinciding with the 27th October 2012) and the Haajis are at Mina stoning all three stone pillars (Jamaraat).
After a night under the stars at Muzdalifah on the 9th night of Dhul-Hijjah, collecting pebbles and in prayer, till just after the Fajr prayer, the Haajis (pilgrims) left for Mina on the morning of the 10th Dhul-Hijjah. They would have pelted the Jamaratul ‘Aqabah and then sacrificed their animals yesterday. Thereafter the trimming (for women) of or shaving the hair (for men) would signal the removal of their Ihraam for ordinary clothes. Last night would have been a long night for the pilgrims who went back to Makkah for the Tawaaf-uz-Ziyaarah and then Sa’ee between Safaa and Marwah. The Haajis returned to Mina the very same night and spent the night of the 10th Dhul-Hijjah there. Pilgrims will spend the 11th and 12th of Dhul-hijjah stoning all three Jamaraat in Mina.
Abu Haamid al-Ghazaali (rahimahullah) said:
As for the stoning of the Jamaraat, the purpose behind it is to follow the command and manifest submission and servitude to Allah, and show complete obedience without rational thought or the ego having any part in it. The aim is also to imitate Ibraheem (‘Alayhis-Salaam), when the accursed Iblees appeared to him in that place to instil confusion in his mind or tempt him to sin. Allah commanded him to throw stones at him so as to drive him away and dash his hopes. If you ever think that the shaytaan appeared to Ibraheem (‘Alayhis-Salaam) and Iblees saw Ibraheem (‘Alayhis-Salaam) and that is why he stoned him, but as for me, the shaytaan did not appear to me. It should be noted that this thought is from the shaytaan and that he is the one who is putting it into your mind, so as to slow you down when you are throwing and you will imagine that it is an action in which there is nothing good and that it is like playing, so why should you bother with it? Expel him from your mind with a serious attitude and determination to throw the pebbles despite the shaytaan. Remember that you are outwardly throwing pebbles at al-‘Aqabah, but in fact you are throwing them in the face of the shaytaan and you are breaking his back with them, because nothing annoys him except your obeying the command of Allaah out of veneration for Him, simply because of His command, and the soul and mind have nothing to do with it. End quote. [Ihya’ ‘Uloom al-Deen, 1/270]
On reaching the Jamarah, Talbiyah will no longer be recited.
It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas (RadiyAllahu ‘anhu) that Rasoolullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) seated al-Fadl (RadiyAllahu ‘anhu) behind him on his mount, and al-Fadl said that he did not stop reciting the Talbiyah until he stoned the Jamrah. [Bukhari (1685) and Muslim (1282)]
Ibn Qudaamah (rahimahullah) said: “When he reaches Mina, he should start with Jamarat al-‘Aqabah, which is the furthest of the Jamaraat from Mina and the closest of them to Makkah, and it is at al-‘Aqabah, hence it is also called Jamarat al-‘Aqabah. He should stone it with seven pebbles, saying takbeer with each throw. He should stand at the middle of the valley and turn to face the Qiblah, then he should leave and should not stay there. This is a summary of the views of those scholars whose views we know.”
It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah (RadiyAllahu ‘anhu) that he came to the largest Jamrah and put the House on his left and Mina on his right and stoned it with seven (pebbles), and he said: This is how the one to whom Soorat al-Baqarah was revealed (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) stoned it. [Bukhari (1748) and Muslim (1296)]
It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (RadiyAllahu ‘anhu) that he would stone al-Jamrah ad-Dunya (the Jamrah near the Khaif mosque) with seven pebbles, saying takbeer after every throw. Then he would go ahead until he reached the level ground where he would stand facing the Qiblah, and he stood for a long time, offering du’aa and raising his hands. Then he would stone the middle pillar, then he would move to the left towards the middle ground, where he would stand facing the qiblah. He would remain there for a long time offering du’aa’ and raising his hands. Then he would stone Jamarat al-‘Aqabah from the middle of the valley, but he did not stand beside it. Then he would leave and say: This is how I saw Rasoolullah (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi wa Sallam) doing it. [Bukhari (1751)]
Ibn Hazm (rahimahullah) said: “They agreed that the three days after the Day of Sacrifice are the days for stoning the Jamaraat, and that the one who stoned them during those days after the meridian, that is valid.”