Q1: We performed Umrah: we made Sa`y (going between Safa and Marwah), Tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah) and after we have finished we removed the clothes of Ihram (the ritual state for Hajj and Umrah). Later, we wanted to make voluntary Tawaf. Is there a Salah (Prayer) that must be performed after the completion of each Tawaf, even if it is performed after Asr (afternoon) Prayer?

A1: It is permissible to make voluntary Tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah) and pray two Rak`ahs (unit of Prayer) after Tawaf at any time. This is because Tawaf is a great act of worship and incurs great reward. It is permissible to perform Salah (Prayer) after it at any time, based on the words of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who said: "Do not prevent anyone from circumambulating Al-Bayt (the House: another name for the Ka`bah) and praying there at any time they wish, by night or by day." Recorded by Imam Ahmad, and by the Four Compilers of Hadith (Imams Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhi, Al-Nasa'y and Ibn Majah). It was classified as authentic hadith by Al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Hibban.

May Allah grant us success. May Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions.

 Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'

Member Member Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
Bakr Abu Zayd `Abdul-`Aziz Al Al-Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz
 
The first question of Fatwa no. 16061 [Source: Alifta.net]