After Farewell Tawaf, Should Pilgrims Walk Backwards to Face the Ka`bah?
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After Farewell Tawaf, Should Pilgrims Walk Backwards to Face the Ka`bah?

Questioner

Kamal

Reply Date

Sep 04, 2017

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. After Farewell Tawaf, should pilgrims walk backwards to face the Ka`bah? Can we invite pilgrims to dinner after returning from Hajj?

Mufti

Answer


After Farewell Tawaf, Should Pilgrims Walk Backwards to Face the Ka`bah

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

There is no precedent in the practice of the Prophet (peace be upon him), his Companions and pious predecessors (Salaf al-Salih) that after farewell tawaf pilgrims should walk backwards to face the Ka`bah.


Answering your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

What you have described above is indeed one of the superstitious practices that we ought to reject.

There is no precedent in the practice of the Prophet (peace be upon him), his Companions and pious predecessors (Salaf al-Salih) that after farewell tawaf pilgrims should walk backwards to face the Ka`bah.

We may do well to remember one of the basic principles of the Shar`ah: we are not allowed to institute the rituals of worship based on our opinions or whims; rather we ought to wait for the sanction of the Law-Giver.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever innovates any practice without the sanction of ours in this religion, it ought to be rejected.”

It is a good practice to be encouraged as Imam Nawawi has stated in his acclaimed work Al-Majmu’. He says it is recommended to gather people on a feast or food to express joy for the return of travelers (including those returning from Hajj or `Umrah, etc.).

It is one of the best ways of expressing gratitude and thanks to Allah for a safe return; it also strengthens the bonds of brotherhood and mutual love among Muslims and neighbors. We have precedent for this in the practice of the Prophet (peace be upon him). He used to sacrifice a camel, prepare a feast and invite the people to partake of it.

Allah Almighty knows best.




About Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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