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Common Mistakes During Sa`i

Are you performing Hajj this year? Certainly, you would like to have an acceptable Hajj and to perfect your rituals as much as possible. One of the dimensions you need to consider is to avoid common mistakes in the different stages of Hajj. In this series, we draw to your attention to some of these mistakes. This part lists some mistakes made during Sa`i (walking between mountains of Safa and Marwah).

1- Making wudu’ in order to walk between Safa and Marwah with claim that he who does so has 70,000 ranks written for him for every step he takes.


2- Doing Sa`i repetitively in Hajj or `Umrah.

3- Continuing to perform the Sa`i between Safa and Marwah after the Iqamah has been given for prayer – so that they miss prayer in congregation.

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4- Considering going from Safa to Marwah and coming back as one round (shawt), and thus performing Sa`ifourteen times instead of seven.

5- Hastening throughout Sa`i, while it is enjoined to run between the two green flags only and to walk normally during the rest of the distance.

6- Performing Sa`i alone, i.e. doing it neither in Hajj nor in `Umrah. There is no evidence on this from the Prophetic Sunnah.

7- Uttering certain words declaring one’s intention at the beginning of Sa`i

8- Starting Sa`i from Mount Marwah which contradicts the Sunnah and nullifies the first round (which started from Marwah).