Q 1: Should a pilgrim after Tawaf-ul-Wada` (circumambulating the Ka`bah on leaving Makkah) or any supererogatory Tawaf offer Salat-ul-Tawaf (two-unit-Prayer performed after circumambulating the Ka`bah)? Is saying Takbir (saying: "Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]") when coming in line with Al-Hajar Al-Aswad (the Black Stone in a corner of the Ka`bah) after the seventh round of Tawaf an act of Sunnah? Is Du`a' (supplication) after the seventh round of Sa`y (going between Safa and Marwah during Hajj and `Umrah) an act of Sunnah?

A: Yes, a pilgrim should offer Salat-ul-Tawaf after Tawaf-ul-Wada` or a supererogatory Tawaf. A worshipper may recite Surah Al-Kafirun in the first Rak`ah (unit of Prayer), and Surah Al-Ikhlas in the second Rak`ah, after reciting Al-Fatihah (Opening Chapter of the Qur'an). Malik ibn Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: "I heard that when the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) finished his Tawaf, he would pray two Rak`ahs, and when he (peace be upon him) wanted to go to Safa and Marwah, he would touch Al-Hajar Al-Aswad before he left." As for the last part of the question, it was not authentically reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) stood after finishing the seventh round of Sa`y and supplicated.

May Allaah 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 Member Chairman
Bakr Abu Zayd Salih Al-Fawzan

`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan

`Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah Al Al-Shaykh

The first question of Fatwa no. 21169 [ Source: Alifta.net]