Cutting trees in `Arafah

Q: When I was fifteen years old, I went with my family to Makkah to perform the obligatory duty of Hajj. After performing Tawaf (circumambulation around Al-Bayt-ul-`Atiq we went to Mina and then to `Arafah. After supplicating to Allah, I got a stick and hit the branch of a tree. One of the brothers that were with me told me that this was Haram (prohibited). My question is: What should I do if that was Haram? Please advise me, may Allah reward you with the best.

A: `Arafah is part of Al-Hil (all areas outside the Sacred Sanctuary of Makkah). Accordingly, there is no sin on you for what you did nor are you required to offer a Fidyah (ransom).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.