Ruling on throwing the pebbles at Jamrat-ul-`Aqabah on the Day of `Eid

Q: During Hajj last year, it was crowded on the first day of throwing the pebbles (at the pebble-throwing area during Hajj). I was pushed at the Jamrah (stone pillar marking the pebble-throwing area). This made me throw all the seven pebbles at one time. I also deputized my cousin to throw the pebbles on my behalf. I am ignorant of the ruling pertaining to this case and I do not know whether I did the right thing or not. Do I have to do anything; especially that I did not throw the pebbles consecutively? Please benefit us regarding this. We extend our best regards and appreciation and may Allah safeguard you.

A: Throwing the pebbles at Jamarat-ul-`Aqabah (the closest stone pillar to Makkah) on the day of `Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice) is one of the Wajib (obligatory) requirements of Hajj.Accordingly, if a person abandons a Wajib requirement of Hajj, they must offer Dam (atonement required of a pilgrim for a willful violation of a prohibition or obligation while in the ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) fulfilling the same conditions for Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims). This Dam has to be slaughtered in Makkah and distributed to the poor who reside at the Haram (all areas within the Sacred Sanctuary of Makkah). They are not allowed to eat any of it. If one is incapable of offering Dam, they will be required to observe Sawm (fast) for ten days.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.