Q 1: Is it permissible for a pilgrim, whether performing Hajj or `Umrah, to pass through Hijr Isma`il (short semi-circular wall adjacent to the Ka`bah and considered part of it) during Tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah)?

A: It is not permissible for a pilgrim, either performing Hajj or `Umrah, to pass through Hijr Isma`il during Tawaf, even if it is supererogatory Tawaf. It will not discharge the obligation if they do; because Tawaf is to circumambulate the Ka`bah, while the Hijr is part of the Ka`bah. Allah (Exalted be He) says:Surah Al-Hajj, 22: 29 And circumambulate the Ancient House (the Ka`bah at Makkah). This is also based on the Hadith related by Muslim and others on the authority of `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that she said: I asked the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) about the Hijr. He (peace be upon him) said, 'It is a part of the House (the Ka`bah).' According to another wording, she said: "I vowed to offer Salah (Prayer) at the House. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Pray in the Hijr for it is part of the House.

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'
Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

[Source: Alifta.net]