Tawaf - Hajj And Umrah Guide



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76. Tawaf means to go round. In the context of Hajj and Umrah, Tawaf means to go round Baitullah seven times.

77. There are seven kinds of Tawaf:
i) Tawaful Qudum: An Afaqi, when for the first time he enters Masjidul Haraam in the state of Ihram, he will perform a Tawaf which is known as Tawaful Tahiyyah or Tawaful Qudum. This is Sunnah for the Afaqi who enters Makkah Mukarramah with the intention of performing Hajjul Ifrad or Hajjul Qiran. It is not a Sunnah for a pilgrim who comes to perform Hajjut Tamattu or Umrah, or for the resident of the Holy City of Makkah. It is also a Sunnah for a resident of Makkah Mukarramah who journeys beyond Miqat before the months of Hajj and enters again in Makkah in the state of Ihram with the intention of performing Hajjul Qiran or Hajjul Ifrad.

ii) Tawafuz Ziyarah: It is also called Tawafur Rukn, Tawaful Hajj, Tawaful Fard and Tawaful Ifadah. This is Rukn of Hajj. Hajj is not accomplished without it. Its time is from the dawn of 10th Dhul Hijjah to the sunset of 12th Dhul Hijjah. If it is delayed, Dam becomes Wajib.

iii) Tawaful Wada (Farewell Tawaf): Also known as Tawafus Sadr. It is Wajib for an Afaqi.

iv) Tawaful Umrah: This is Rukn and Fard for Umrah.

v) Tawaful Nadhr: It is Wajib when a person has made a vow to Allah to do it.

vi) Tawaful Tahiyya: Mustahabb for a person who enters into Masjidul Haraam. This is like Salatul Tahiyyatul Masjid when a person enters into any other Masjid. But if any other Tawaf is performed, it becomes its substitute.

vii) Tawafun Nafl: Can be performed any time.

(During Tawaf pilgrims move towards the direction indicated by the arrows in the map)

1. The Tawaf begins when you move from Hajarul Aswad towards Hatim.

2. Move in the direction of arrows (anti-clock wise), keeping Hajarul Aswad to your left.

3. Moving on the line marked by arrows when you reach Hajarul Aswad again, one circuit is complete.

4. Seven rounds like this make one Tawaf.

5. Facing Hajarul Aswad there is a line made of black stone, across the floor of Masjidul Haraam.

Stand a little before this line to form Niyyah for Tawaf.

6. If you stand on this black line you will face Hajarul Aswad. This is the position for Istilam of Hajarul Aswad.

7. Istilam or kissing Maqame Ibrahim is forbidden. Please make special note of it.


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This guide has been developed to help you prepare for the sacred pilgrimage, to perform Hajj and Umrah. It is essential that you understand what you can and cant do before you start the journey of a lifetime.


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