Q 4: Does a pilgrim have to do idtiba` (uncovering the right shoulder) during Tawaf-ul-Qudum (circumambulation around the Ka`bah on arrival in Makkah) or Tawaf-ul-ifadah (final obligatory circumambulation around the Ka`bah in Hajj)?

Does he also have to do Ramal (ritual rapid walk for men in the Arrival Circumambulation) in the first three rounds of Tawaf-ul-Qudum or Tawaf-ul-Ifadah? What if he is unable to do it because it is so crowded?

A: It is an act of Sunnah (commendable act) to do Idtiba` in all the rounds of Tawaf-ul-Qudum in particular. It is also an act of Sunnah to do Ramal in the first three rounds of Tawaf-ul-Qudum whether a person is performing Hajj or `Umrah (lesser pilgrimage). There is nothing wrong with being unable to do it because it is crowded.

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 Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz