The ultimate form of supplication to Allah Almighty is performing Tawaf of the Holy Kaabah. In fact, it remains one of the principal rites of the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages for the pilgrims arriving through Cheap Hajj Umrah Packages by Islamic Travel to offer Tawaf.
What is tawaf?
Tawaf refers to the act of circumambulating/walking in circles around the Holy Kaabah for seven complete circuits. Tawaf must be performed by pilgrims in an anti-clockwise motion i.e., keeping the Holy Kaabah on the left-hand side. In addition, every round of Tawaf must start/end at the place of Hajar al-Aswad i.e., the ‘Black stone’.
It never stops.
One of the fascinating things to know about Tawaf is that it never stops! Circumambulation of the Holy Kaabah by pilgrims is a continuous act of worship, it keeps on going 24 hours a day and throughout the year. It does not even cease for a few mins except for the five obligatory daily prayers.
Requisites of Tawaf.
For a person intending for Tawaf, it is necessary for him/her to be in a state of Wudhu and free from all sorts of major and minor physical impurities. One should also make sure that the clothing worn for Tawaf must be ritually pure and clean. If you do find impurities on your clothing while performing Tawaf, there’s no penalty.
If a pilgrim’s Wudhu is nullified during Tawaf performance, it’s permissible to repeat the ablution and resume Tawaf from the exact place where one had stopped, regardless of the length of the interval.
2. Performed inside Masjid al-Haram.
The Tawaf must only take place around Holy Kaabah and within the confines of Masjid al-Haram i.e., not outside of its boundary. Your Tawaf will still be valid if your view of the Holy Kaabah is impeded by pillars or walls, or even if it gets completely out of sight as a result of being on an elevated level or below ground level.
Another thing to remember is that the Hijr-Ismail also remains an official part of the boundary of Holy Kaabah. So, when performing Tawaf, one should not pass through it. Otherwise, Tawaf would be invalid.
3. Covering the Awrah.
For the performance of Tawaf, one must ensure that Awrah is covered. For a man, Awrah refers to all the part of the body that lies between the navel and the knees while for a woman, it generally refers to the entire body with the only exception of the face and hands.
4. Ibtida and Raml.
Idtiba refers to the act of uncovering the right shoulder during Tawaf rituals, however, it is only permissible for men to do so. In addition, men must also perform Raml, it’s an act of walking quickly i.e., lifting the legs forcefully and sticking out the chest while moving the shoulders (as to imitate a warrior). It is a Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (SAWW) to perform Raml but one should remember Raml does not mean running or jogging.
These are some of the necessary things to know about Tawaf ritual.