Q. It is said that it is not permissible to stone the Jamarat with stones that have already been thrown; is this correct? And what is the evidence for it? May Allaah reward you with goodness for guiding the Muslims.

 A. This is not correct, because those who claim that it is not permissible to stone the Jamarat with stones that have already been thrown say so for three reasons:

  1. They say that they, i.e. the stones that have already been thrown are like water which has already been used for obligatory purification, and when water has been used for obligatory purification, it is pure, but it does not purify.
  2. That they are like a slave who has been manumitted; he cannot be manumitted after that as an atonement or for anything else.
  3.  That the opinion that it is permissible, necessitates that all of the Hajj pilgrims could pelt with one stone, so that you throw the stone, then you take it again and throw, then take it and throw it until you have completed all seven stonings, then the next person comes and he takes it and throws it until he has completed the seven stonings. But when we examine these three reasons, we see that they are all very weak:

As for the first reason: We say that the original rule is wrong, which is that water used for obligatory purification is pure, but does not purify. This is because there is no evidence for this, and it is not possible to alter water’s essential attribute — which is that it purifies — without proof. So, based upon this, water used for obligatory purification is pure and it purifies. If the original ruling is negated, then the ruling of that which was deduced by analogy from it is also negated.

As for the second reason, which is the comparison between stones which have already been thrown and a slave who has been manumitted, it is an analogy with something that is different. This is because when the slave is manumitted, he is free, not a slave. So, it is not possible to manumit him again, as opposed to a stone that has been thrown, because it still remains a stone after it has been thrown, and so the meaning which made it valid to be thrown is not negated. Therefore, if this slave who was manumitted was enslaved again for any lawful reason, it would be permissible to manumit him a second time.

As for the third reason, which is that it would necessitate that all of the Hajj pilgrims could use one stone, we say that if this were possible, then it would be, but it is not possible, and no one would try to do it when there are plenty of stones available.

Based upon this, if one or more stones fell from your hand near the Jamarat, then take others which are near you and throw them, whether you believe that they have already been thrown or not.

[Fatawa Arkanul-Islam by Shaykh Salih Al-‘Uthaymeen, Fatawa on Hajj (Pilgrimage), Q518 p.755-756, Darussalam]