Why Is Tawaf Made in a Counterclockwise Direction?
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Why Is Tawaf Made in a Counterclockwise Direction?

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Eman

Reply Date

Aug 16, 2019

Question

Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Why should pilgrims keep the Kabah on their left while performing Tawaf? Jazakum Allah khayran.

Mufti

Answer


Why Is Tawaf Made in a Counterclockwise Direction?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi 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:

The basic reason for keeping the Kabah on one’s left when performing tawaf (circumambulation) is to follow the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).


In this regard, Sheikh M. S. Al-Munajjid, a prominent Saudi Muslim lecturer and author states: 

The basic reason for keeping the Kabah on one’s left when performing Tawaf (circumambulation) is to follow the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).

Following the Prophet has been ordained in the Quran. Allah says, “Obey the Prophet so that you may be blessed with mercy.” (An-Nur 24:56)

We also read in the Quran{Say (O Muhammad): if you really love Allah, then follow my example and Allah will love you and grant you forgiveness of your sins.} (Aal `Imran 3:31)

Regarding the rituals of Hajj and Umrah, the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said, “Follow my example in performing your rituals” (Al-Bukhari and An-Nasa’i)

This should suffice as the reason for a Muslim performing tawaf around the Kabah in the way it is prescribed. Muslims by nature must believe, submit to and act according to what was authentically and duly recorded as the behavior or statements of the Prophet.

If on top of this a reason or some relevant wisdom comes to light, then so be it, and all thanks is due to Allah. Otherwise, a Muslim submits to the order of Allah and His Prophet and, will accordingly, be recompensed for his obedience and good deeds.

Finally, we must note that circumambulation is an act specified only for the Kabah as part of worship and is not to be done in any other place or situation.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.

Source: www.islamqa.info 




About Sheikh Muhammad Saleh Al-Munajjid

ًA well-known Saudi lecturer and author

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