Thawaf: Walking Around the Ka’ba

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Thousands of people moves into the same direction, against the clockwise direction, The Kaaba is on the left.

Mostly wearing ihram clothes while others are casual. The Malays, Pakistanis, Indians, Arabs, Turks, Americans, Latins, Europeans, Chinese, Japanese, and other nations all come together to fulfill God’s call. They all come by driving or walking, some even coming from fartest-reaching places. Glory to God who bestows us the power and the strength to visit His house.

Before joining fellow believers, we rearrange the line. Wahyudi took the lead in front while I was commanding the rear; to prevent any pilgrims that apart from the group.

After the ranks were ready, we enter the thawaf area, walk among the people who cry, pray, or simply repeating the guide’s chant, “Subhanallah (O Holy Allah), wa alhamdulillah (All praise belong to Allah), wa laa ilaaha illallah (There is no God worthy to worshiped except Allah ), wa Allah akbar (Allah the Greatest).”

We entered the thawaf from the rukn (parallel steps of) Yamani, while the people uttered “Robbana aatina fiddunya hasanah wa fil aakhiroti hasanah wa kinaa adzaaban naar. (Oh God, give us kindness in the world, goodness in the hereafter, and keep us from the torment of hell.)”

We walked patiently until the green fluorescent lamp right on the right. As soon as Hajar Aswad (the black stone corner) is on the left side then our right hand lifted and our face facing it before reading, “Bismillah Allah Akbar.” The first round of thawaf have begin.

Thawaf or round the Kaaba are performed seven times and there is no special chanting except in two places, the Rukn Yamani and Hajar Aswad. Everyone can read any remembrance he likes or remembers, or may pray for the wishes of their own by their own language. If we cry, not need to be shy because it is a natural thing to cry when we are in the holy land. And we also have to be patient when another group crashes or interrupt us; Both act are common during thawaf. Do not strike back but pray more.

For those who are able to kiss hajar aswad then do it, if you are unable then touch it by hand then kiss the hand, if you still unable, just wave to it with right hand. From the hajar aswad corner we will surround the Ka’baa while praying individually. Upon arrival at Rukn Yamani (an angle located before the corner of the Black Stone) we read the prayer,

رَبَّنٰا ءَاتِنَا فِى الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَ فِى الأَخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَ قِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

(Rabbanaa aatinaa fiddunya hasanah, wa fil aakhiroti hasanah, wa qinaa adzaaban naar)

“Our Lord, give us kindness in the world and goodness in the Hereafter, and protect us from the punishment of hell.”

When performing the thawaf we will pass some historical site like Maqam Ibrahim. Shaped like a golden bird cage, the building located not far from the Black Stone. It (Maqam Ibrahim) contains a stone which save former foot step of Prophet Abrahim. He used the stone as a ladder during the construction of Ka’ba. Sometimes we find people stroking, hugging, kissing, or rubbing it in hope of a blessing. Do not emulate it because besides there is no command from the prophet, these deeds can also plunge a person into heathen act. We can see or peek at it but do not seek blessing on it.

Not far from the Hajar Aswad there is a golden door on the wall of the Ka’ba. Between Hajar Aswad and the door there is a small gap that is surrounded by people. The area is known as Multazam. There people try to put their cheeks and body together and pray; due to the explantion from the prophet that prayer in Multazam quickly granted. If we want to carry out the worship called iltizam (puting cheek and body on the wall), remember that behind us awaiting people who want to perform the same deed.

A few meters from Multazam stood a gray horseshoe-shaped marble fence. Over the fence are several golden lights. This fence is called Hijir Ismail. When we approached it seemed people were praying inside the fence while others lined up at the entrance of a small guarded by one or two brown uniforms officer. They are willing to queue there, because given the Sayings of the Prophet who told Ummul Mukminin (The mother or all believers)Aisha wishes to pray in the Ka’ba. The Messenger of Allah ordered Aisha to pray in Hijir Ismail because the place was originally part of the Kaaba.

In ancient times Mecca was hit by flood until the Ka’ba collapsed. The Quraysh took initiative to raise funds for the renovation of the House of God but the result was not enough to do total renovation. Indeed Quraish people are able to raise more funds for renovation purposes if they are willing to mix the halal money and illicit money. But they did not. Although often engage in immoral deeds and fell into shirk but they believe that God is unlawful renovating His houses using illicit money. As a result the Hijir Ismail only built as a fence and not a wall.

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