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Common Errors Related to the Farewell Tawaf


In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and adoration are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His messenger.


The common errors related to the farewell tawaf (Tawaf Al-Wada')are as follows:

1 . Staying in Makkah after the Farewell Tawaaf (circumambulation). In such a case, the last of the pilgrim's deeds will not be the Tawaaf. 


2 . Leaving Makkah before making the Farewell Tawaaf, which is one of the obligatory actions of Hajj. 


3 . Some pilgrims make Sa‘y  after Tawaaf believing that the Farewell Tawaaf requires Sa‘y . The valid approach, however, is that the Farewell Tawaaf does not require Sa‘y.


4 . Walking backwards while leaving Al-Masjid Al-Haraam after the Farewell Tawaaf with the pilgrim’s face towards the Ka‘bah, without turning and looking before him. This is an innovated matter in religion.


5 . After making the Farewell Tawaaf, some pilgrims stand by the door of the Masjid, face the Ka‘bah, bid farewell and use a certain supplication for bidding farewell to the Ka‘bah. It is not proved that the Prophet(peace be upon him), did so.


In this regard, Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen, a prominent Saudi Muslim scholar (may Allah shower mercy on his soul) issued the following fatwa: “It was proven in al-Saheehayn that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The people were commanded that the last thing they should do in Makkah was to circumambulate the Ka’bah, but an exception was made for menstruating women.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1755; Muslim, 1328. 

So tawaaf should be the last action of Hajj that a person does. 

People make several mistakes when performing the farewell tawaaf: 

-1- Some people do not make tawaaf the last thing that they do, rather they go down to Makkah and do the farewell tawaaf when they still have to stone the jamaraat, then they go out to Mina and stone the jamaraat and then leave. This is a mistake and that does not suffice as the farewell tawaaf in this case, because it is not the last thing that the person does in Makkah, rather the last thing that he does is stoning the jamaraat. 

-2- Some people do the farewell tawaaf and then stay in Makkah after that. This means that their farewell tawaaf is invalidated, and they must do another one when they are going to leave. But if a person stays in Makkah after doing the farewell tawaaf in order to buy something or to load his luggage etc, there is nothing wrong with that. 

-3- Some people, when they do the farewell tawaaf and want to leave the Mosque, walk backwards, saying that they do not want to turn their backs to the Ka’bah. This is a bid’ah (innovation) which was not done by the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or by any of his companions. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) venerated Allah and His House and if this were indeed an act of veneration towards Allah and His House, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would have done it. The Sunnah is, when a person has completed the farewell tawaaf, to leave the Mosque walking forwards, even if he turns his back towards the Ka’bah in this situation. 

-4- Some people, after doing the farewell tawaaf, stop at the door when leaving the mosque and turn to face the Ka’bah, as if bidding farewell to it, and they make du’aa’ or say salaams and so on. This is also a kind of bid’ah, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not do that. If it were something good the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would have done it.


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