Rules for Saey - Hajj And Umrah Guide



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140. Literally, Sa’ey means to walk and to run, and as a term in Shari’ah it means to traverse seven times distance between Safa and Marwah.

141. For a person who performs Umrah, Sa’ey is Wajib but before it, one should have performed Tawaf. There is no Sa’ey without Tawaf before it.

142. Wajibat of Sa’ey:

i) To perform it after a Tawaf which was performed in a state when the person was free from both major and minor impurities of all sorts.

ii) To perform full seven rounds of Sa’ey. First four rounds are Fard and the remaining three are Wajib.

iii) To perform it on foot, unless there is some valid excuse.

iv) To be in the state of Ihram while performing Sa’ey of Umrah.

v) To cover the whole distance between Safa and Marwah.

vi) To start from Safa and end it at Marwah.

143. Makruhat of Sa’ey:

i) To buy and sell or to talk during Sa’ey which would interrupt Du’a, would take away concentration, or would disturb the continuity of performance.

ii) Not to ascend Safa and Marwah.

iii) To perform Sa’ey after its appropriate time is over, without a valid excuse.

iv) Not to keep the portion of the body covered which must be covered in Salah, that is from navel tobelow the knees for men, and whole body up to wrists and ankles for women.

v) Not to run with a medium pace between the place marked with two green pillars in the descent of the valley or to walk briskly besides these.

vi) To have intervals between the rounds of Sa’ey, without a valid excuse because it breaks the continuity which is Sunnah.

144. Although not a condition essential, yet it is Sunnah to perform Sa’ey soon after Tawaf.

145. It is also Sunnah to perform Istilam of Hajarul Aswad after performing Rak’atain and drinking Zam Zam water. This is the 9th Istilam of Hajarul Aswad beginning from the Tawaf. Then he should proceed to Safa for Sa’ey.

146. It is sufficient to ascend on Safa up to that place from where one can see Baitullah. It is not correct to climb right up to the top.

147. Niyyah is not a condition essential for Sa’ey. It is only a Sunnah. Facing the Holy Ka’bah, a pilgrim should form intention of Sa’ey as follows:
(O Allah! I intend to make seven rounds of Sa’ey between Safa and Marwah, for Your pleasure. Make it easy for me and accept it.)

148. It is Sunnah to stand facing Baitullah at Safa and Marwah, and also a Sunnah to run with a medium pace between the green pillars in every round ( for men only).

149. A pilgrim should recite Talbiyah also, if he performs Sa’ey for Hajj after Tawaful Qudum and before Tawaful Ziyarah.

150. A pilgrim who performs Sa’ey for Umrah should not recite Talbiyah during Sa’ey because for him, the recitation of Talbiyah ends with the beginning of Tawaf.

151. It is Wajib to begin Sa’ey at Safa and end it at Marwah. From Safa to Marwah is the first round and from Marwah to Safa is the second one. Thus the seventh round ends at Marwah.

152. It is not proper to climb on Marwah also up to the farther end.

153. It is Mustahabb to repeat Du’a and recitations three times at Safa and Marwah and to stay there for quite some time.

154. While on Safa and Marwah, some pilgrims raise their hands up to the ears and point towards Ka’bah with their hands. This is contrary to Sunnah. On Safa and Marwah, one should raise his hands as in Du’a and not in the manner as he does while beginning Salah.

Then he should recite three times in a loud voice:
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar Wa Lilla Hil Hamd
and three times he should recite:
(There is none worthy of being worshipped but Allah. He is One and has no partner. His is the Kingdom and all praise is due to Him and He is All-Powerful.)
(There is none worthy of being worshipped but Allah. He is the One and Unique. He fulfilled His promise and helped His bondsman, Rasulullah and He alone defeated enemies.)

Then he should glorify and praise Allah in the words given below:
(Allah is Holy and all praise is due to Allah alone. There is none worthy to be worshipped except Allah.
Allah is the Greatest. There is no Power nor Strength except in Allah.)

Then a pilgrim should send Salat (Darud) on Rasulullah , in a low voice and he should pray for himself and for his friends with due humility and reverence because this too is the holy place where Du’a is accepted and what a person asks for is given.

155. Now he should begin Sa’ey and during it he should

i) recite Kalimatut Tawhid:
La ilaha ill-Allahu wahdahu la Sharika lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa hu’wa ‘ala kulli shai ‘in Qadeer.
(There is no deity save Allah, the One without a partner. His is the dominion and His is the praise, and he is Powerful over everything.)

ii) and should continue Du’a and Dhikr in every round.
It is in the Hadith that Sa’ey between Safa and Marwah is just for remembrance (Dhikr) of Allah and for no other purpose. (Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud)

156. When a pilgrim performing Sa’ey, between Safa and Marwah, reaches the place marked with green pillars, up to a distance of six cubits before and after it, he should start running with medium pace, then again should resume the usual pace.

It should be remembered that to run fast is not Sunnah, he should run with a medium pace. Some people run very fast between the green pillars, while some others walk swiftly during the whole Sa’ey, both of these actions are wrong, although no Jaza is due for it.

157. Only men are required to run with a medium pace between the green pillars. The women should walk with their usual pace.

158. Between the green pillars, the following Du’a has been narrated from Rasulullah :
(O Rabb! Forgive and have Mercy. You are All Powerful and most Gracious.)

159. If Wudu is nullified during Sa’ey, a pilgrim should not discontinue performing it as Sa’ey is valid without Wudu and there is no penalty for it.

160. After Sa’ey and before ritual shaving, it is Mustahabb to perform Nafl Salah (two Rak’at) in Masjidul Haraam provided the time is not Makruh. But one should not perform it at Marwah because it is Bid’ah.

161. While coming out of Masjidul Haraam, a person should first keep the left foot out and then recite the following Du’a:
(In the name of Allah, and all praise is due to Allah and Salat and Salam on Rasulullah . O Allah! I earnestly request You for Your Bounty.)

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