How To Perform Tawaaf (Guide)

Though there are a number of Tawaaf’s during Pilgrimage, they are all essentially performed in the same way. This post provides a step-by-step guide to performing Tawaaf.

  • Wudu
  • Niyaah (in the Heart)

For Umrah Tawaaf (in the ‘Tamattu’ method) or Tawaaful Qudoom (in the ‘Qiran’ or ‘Irfad’ method), the following extra conditions are required,

  • (+) Ihraam (adopted at Meqaat)
  • (+) Expose Right Shoulder (Idtiba), for all 7 circuits (males only)
  • (+) Brisk Walk (Raml), in the first 3 circuits only (males only)

Start at Hajrul-Aswad [A].

Note: A Supplication sheet for this section is available here

Proceed in an Anti-clockwise direction,

  • Supplicate
  • make Dhikr
  • recite Quran

Note: Walk around the Hijr area NOT through it

Once you reach the Rukn-Yamani (southern corner),

It is Sunnah to recite the following between the Yemenite Corner (Rukn-Yamani) and the Black Stone Corner (Hajrul-Aswad)

Note: A Supplication sheet for this section is available here

  • 1 Circuit complete
    • Once you reach the Hajrul-Aswad again you have completed 1 circuit
  • Total = 7 Circuits
    • The number of circuits to perform is always 7, regardless of the type of Tawaaf. Proceed and repeat the aforementioned steps (from the Start at [A] section above) until you have completed 7 circuits in total

Upon completing 7 circuits, you will need to perform 2 Rakat prayer – proceed to the next section below.

2 Rakat Prayer

Note: A Supplication sheet for this section is available here

Cover your right shoulder (if applicable). With the Maqaam between you and the Kaba* (if possible) perform 2 Rakat of prayer. It is Sunnah to recite the following in the respective Rakahs,

  • 1st Rakah
    • Surah Fatiha [1]
    • Surah Kafirun [109]
  • 2nd Rakah
    • Surah Fatiha [1]
    • Surah Ikhlas [112]

Note (*): It is permissible to perform the 2 Rakat prayer anywhere in the mosque

At this point you are completed (if performing Nafl Tawaaf or Tawaaful-Wadaa’)

After finishing the 2 Rakat prayer it is Sunnah to proceed to well of Zamzam and drink your fill,

Return to Black Stone (Hajrul-Aswad) [A]

[a] (^) There is no particular supplication established in the Sunnah when drinking Zamzam. However, Abdullah bin Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) used to recite the above after drinking Zamzam water.
[b] A Supplication sheet for this section is available here

  • [1] “Getting the Best out of Al-Hajj (Pilgrimage)”, By Abu Muneer Ismail Davids, Published by Darussalam, Second Edition – August, 2006, Pg. 249 – 257

The Hajj of the Prophet (pbuh)

English narrations from select books of Hadith
After the Quran, the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) is our next resource of guidance. All the major Hadith collections have sections devoted to Hajj, which provide a wealth of information. Today I wanted to share narrations from three of these collections, which provide a description of the Prophet’s (pbuh) Hajj. The following is a translation taken from Sahih Muslim. (Two further narrations from Sunan Abu Dawud and Sunan Ibn Majah are also included in the pdf document available for download at the end of this Article, along with the Arabic text). So without further adieu … The Hajj of the Prophet (pbuh),

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Hajj is Just Around the Corner

Can you believe it, time is just ~flying~. “Hajj is just around the corner”. InshAllah Hajj is in October this year (only about a month and a half away). So over the next few weeks The Wahy Project‘s focus is going to shift slightly – to Hajj related topics – so please stay tuned.

But to start with, in this day and age sometimes we get overwhelmed by too much information & forget that our first point of reference & guidance is the Quran, followed by the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). So the next two Posts will be on,

  • Hajj in the Quran
  • The Prophets (pbuh) Hajj Described

Surah 107. Al-Maun (Quran)

The Quran Page for Surah 107 (Al-Maun) is now ready – it can be found here



  • Surah Introduction: “Al-Qur’an, An Introduction for Non Muslims, As Well As Muslims”; Translation/Presentation – By Abdul Hameed Aliani, Published by Idarat Ul Quraan, First Edition – January, 2005. [10002]