Q. Is there a special supplication for Hajj and ‘Umrah during Tawaf, Sa’y and other rites?
A. There is no special supplication for Hajj and ‘Umrah; rather, a person may say any supplication he wishes. But if he acts upon what has been reported from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) it is more complete, such as the supplication at the Yemenite Corner and the Black Stone:
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
(Rabbanaa aatinaa fid-dunyaa hasanatan wa fil-aakhirati hasanatan wa qinaa ‘adhaab an-naar)
“Our Lord! Give us in this world that which is good and in the Hereafter that which is good and save us from the chastisement of the Hell-fire.”
Likewise the supplication which has been reported regarding the Day of ‘Arafah and the statements of remembrance which have been reported on As-Safa and Al-Marwah and the like. So, he should say whatever supplication he knows from the Sunnah. Regarding whatever he does not know, (he should ignore it) and content himself with what is in his mind. And that is also not obligatory, it is recommended.
I would like to take this opportunity to say: With regard to the special supplications which are written for each circuit of the Tawaf and which fall into the hands of those performing Hajj and ‘Umrah, I say: This is a form of innovation and in it there are evils which are well known. Those who recite them think that they are something which has been reported from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), and they think that they are performing an act of worship by these special words, and they recite them, and they do not understand their meaning.
Also, they assign a special supplication to each circuit, and if the supplication finishes before they have completed the circuit, as happens when there is crowding, they remain silent during the remainder of the circuit, and if the circuit ends before the completion of the supplication, they break off the supplication and leave it, even if they have only reached the words: ‘Oh, Allâh!’ and they have not said what they want to say, they cut it off and leave it. All of these are harmful things which result from this innovation. Likewise, the supplications which exist in these rites at Maqam Ibrahim, it has not been reported that the
Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) supplicated at Maqam Ibrahim; he only recited when he stood opposite it:
وَاتَّخِذُواْ مِن مَّقَامِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ مُصَلًّى
“And take you (people) the Maqaam (place) of Ibrahim (Abraham) [or the stone on which Ibrahim (Abraham) (عليه السلام) stood while he was building the Ka’bah] as a place of prayer (for some of your
prayers, e.g. two Rak’at after the Tawaf of the Ka’bah at Makkah).”[Al-Baqarah 2:125]
And he prayed two Rak’at behind it. As for this supplication which they recite annoying the worshippers at the Maqam is detested for two reasons:
- 1. It has not been reported from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) and so it is an innovation.
- 2. They annoy those worshippers who pray behind Maqam Ibrahim. And most of the things which exist in these rites are innovated, either in the manner or in the time or in the place.
We ask AIlâh for guidance.
[Fatawa Arkanul-Islam by Shaykh Salih Al-‘Uthaymeen, Fatawa on Hajj (Pilgrimage), Q503 p.741-743, Darussalam]