Q 4: What is the proper matter of pronouncing Takbir (saying: "Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]") on the mountains of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah? We say Takbir as in Salah (Prayer), namely uttering Allahu Akbar three times.

A: A Muslim should climb Al-Safa if it is possible, or beside it and recite Allah's statement:Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 158 Verily, As-Safâ and Al-Marwah (two mountains in Makkah) are of the Symbols of Allâh. and should say: "We begin with what Allah began ." It is preferable to face toward the Qiblah (direction faced for Prayer towards the Ka`bah) and say Tahmid (saying: "Alhamdu lillah [All praise is due to Allah]") and Takbir (saying: "Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]"). After that one should say, 'There is no god but Allah, Allah is the Greatest. There is no god but Allah Alone, with no partner or associate; His is the Dominion, all praise is due to Him, and He is Able to do all things. There is no god but Allah Alone; he fulfilled His promise, granted victory to His slave, and defeated the confederates alone).' Then he should raise his hands and make Du`a' (supplication), and repeat this three times. The same is to be done on Al-Marwah, except for reciting the Ayah (Qur'anic verse), as he should not repeat it; it is to be recited in the first round only.

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