The Tawaaf of Arrival to Makkah – Hajj

The Tawaaf of Arrival to Makkah

The first thing after reaching Makkah is to perform the Tawaaf of Arrival (for persons performing Hajj-e-Ifrad) or Umrah (for persons performing Hajj-e-Tamatt’u). If you have to perform Umrah then observe Iztibah (to take one end of the Ahram’s upper sheet from under the right armpit and drop it over the left shoulder) and Ramal (to walk with hastened pace moving the shoulders, in the first three circumambulations) in Tawaaf. If you are performing Umrah, then you also have to perform Sa’ee and Halaq (for persons performing Hajj-e-Tamatt’u).

When you reach a bit to the left of Hajjar-e-Aswad, stay there and intend for performing Tawaaf. The intention should be made in the following words:

BIS-MIL-LAA-HIR-RAH-MAA-NIR-RA-HEEM

AL-LAA-HUM-MA IN-NEE UREE-DU TA-WAA-FA BAI-TI-KAL HA-RAA-MI FA-YAS-SIR-HU LEE WA TA-QAB-BAL-HU MIN-NEE SAB-A-TA ASH-WAA-TIN LIL-LAA-HI TA-AA-LAA AZ-ZA WA JAL

In the name of Most Gracious, Most Merciful. O Allah! I intend to perform Tawaaf (of or Umrah or only Tawaaf) of Thy Sacred House. Hence easen it for me and accept it from me. The Tawaaf of seven circuits, for Almighty Allah the Dignified.

After intention move towards right and reach in front of the Hajjar-e-Aswad and then raising the two hands up to earlobes say: In the name of Allah. If it is difficult to reach the Hajar-e-Aswad without pushing other persons, then raise the hands, palms facing Hajar-e-Aswad and then kiss the two palms saying the above words. Then you walk slowly, calmly and humbly towards Baab-e-Ka’aba and Hateem circuiting the Holy Ka’aba and reciting the prayers of praise and glory of Allah.

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