Throwing the pebbles of the 11th day of Dhul-Hijjah

Q: Allah blessed me to perform Hajj in 1411 A.H. When I went to throw pebbles (at the stone pillars during Hajj) on the 11th of Dhul-Hijjah after coming from Masjid Al-Khayf in Mina, I faced Al-Jamrah Al-Ula (the first stone pillar) and inquired about the right place to start from. The people I asked pointed to the Last Jamrah (the closest stone pillar to Makkah) so I went there and threw pebbles at the closest stone pillar to Makkah and then at Al-Jamrah Al-Wusta (the second [middle] stone pillar) ending with Al-Jamrah Al-Ula. On the next day, I was also coming from Masjid Al-Khayf accompanied by a group of people who told me to begin with the Jamrah closest to Al-Khayf, which I did and then hastened to leave Mina on the 12th of Dhul-Hijjah for Riyadh where I work. My question is: Is throwing pebbles in this manner valid? Give me a fatwa, may Allah benefit you! Is it a prerequisite that pebbles (Part No. 10; Page No. 292) hit the concrete pillar and then fall within the enclosure surrounding it, and what is the ruling on doing otherwise? Give me a fatwa, may Allah benefit you and make you beneficial for Islam, Muslims and the whole Muslim Ummah, In sha’a-Allah (if Allah wills)! As-salamu `alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah's Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!)

A: Your throwing pebbles on the 11th of Dhul-Hijjah is invalid as you began with Jamarat-ul-`Aqabah (the closest stone pillar to Makkah), while the correct position is to begin with Al-Jamrah Al-Ula, then move to Al-Jamrah Al-Wusta and end with Jamarat-ul-`Aqabah.You should have re-thrown pebbles even on the 12th of Dhul-Hijjah after noon. However, since you did not do so, you must expiate for the defect of this Hajj rite. You must offer a sheep meeting the same conditions for Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) that is to be slaughtered in Makkah and distributed among the poor inhabitants of Haram (all areas within the Sacred Sanctuary of Makkah). If this is unfeasible, you should fast for ten days.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.