Q 1: should Takbir (saying: "Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]") by the Black stone be said upon ending Tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah) as was said upon beginning it?

A: Tawaf of the Ka`bah is purely an act of worship. The basic principle regarding all acts of worship is that they are Tawqifiy (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion) matters. The Prophet (peace be upon him) is authentically reported to have said Takbir while performing Tawaf whenever he came across the Black Stone. Undoubtedly, one performing Tawaf comes across it at the end of the seventh round. Hence, it is a Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet) for such a person to say Takbir then, as was a Sunnah for him to say it on every round once he comes across the Black Stone, following the example of the Prophet (peace be upon him). This is to be accompanied by touching and kissing the Stone when possible.

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 Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz