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What should he say during tawaaf?

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Publication : 21-07-2018

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Question

These adhkaar were compiled by someone who loves ‘umrah and wanted to distribute them among those who perform ‘umrah, but he is waiting until he can consult you. Please explain which are sound and which are not. Some of them are adhkaar that the pilgrim needs, such as what is to be said during tawaaf, starting the first circuit with praise of Allah, then sending blessings upon His Prophet, then du‘aa’ (supplication), giving precedence to supplication concerning religious matters over worldly matters, with proper focus and presence of mind.

Answer

Praise be to Allah.

As far as we know, there is no report from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), concerning du‘aa’s and adhkaar to be recited in tawaaf, apart from what is to be said between the Yemeni Corner and the Black Stone: “Rabbana aatina fi’d-dunya hasanah wa fi’l-aakhirati hasanah wa qinna ‘adhaab an-naar (Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire)” [narrated by Ahmad in al-Musnad (3/411); classed as saheeh by Ibn Hibbaan (9/134), al-Haakim (1/625)]; and takbeer (“Allahu akbar”) every time one comes in line with the Black Stone [narrated by al-Bukhaari (4987)].

With regard to the remainder of tawaaf, the pilgrim has the choice between dhikr, du‘aa’ and reciting Qur’an.

Ibn Qudaamah said in al-Mughni (3/187):

It is mustahabb to offer supplication (du‘aa’) and remember Allah, may He be exalted, a great deal (dhikr) whilst doing tawaaf, because that is mustahabb in all circumstances, so in the case of this act of worship it is even more apt. It is also mustahabb to refrain from speaking, apart from remembering Allah, may He be exalted, or reciting Qur’an, or enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong, or saying what cannot be avoided. End quote.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said in Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa (26/122):

In tawaaf there is no specific dhikr that was narrated from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), that he either enjoined, said or taught. Rather whilst doing tawaaf the pilgrim may offer any Islamically-prescribed du‘aa’. What many people mention, of a specific du‘aa’ to be recited beneath the mizaab (downspout) and the like, has no basis. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to end his tawaaf between the two corners [the Yemeni Corner and the Black Stone corner] with the words, “Rabbana aatina fi’d-dunya hasanah wa fi’l-aakhirati hasanah wa qinna ‘adhaab an-naar (Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire)”, as he used to conclude all his du‘aa’s in that manner. There is no specific dhikr required in tawaaf, according to the consensus of the leading scholars. End quote.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

It is proven that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to say takbeer (“Allahu akbar”) every time he came to the Black Stone, and between the Yemeni Corner and the Black Stone,  he used to say “Rabbana aatina fi’d-dunya hasanah wa fi’l-aakhirati hasanah wa qinna ‘adhaab an-naar (Our Lord, give us in this world [that which is] good and in the Hereafter [that which is] good and protect us from the punishment of the Fire)” [al-Baqarah 2:201].

There is no report from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) to suggest that there is a specific du‘aa’ to be recited in each circuit of tawaaf.

Based on that, the one who is circumambulating the Ka‘bah may offer whatever supplication he likes, asking Allah for what is good in this world and the hereafter, and remembering Allah, may He be exalted, by reciting any prescribed dhikr, such as saying Subhaan Allah (glory be to Allah), al-hamdu Lillah (praise be to Allah), Laa ilaaha ill-Allah (there is no God but Allah), and Allahu akbar (Allah is most great), or reciting Qur’an. End quote.

Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa (24/327).

And Allah knows best.

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