After finishing the seventh round we left Mathof (the place for thawaf) to proceed to the prayer area near the Masa’ (the place for sa’i). Getting out of the mathof is not an easy task because we’re dealing with an unpredictable human stream. Some walked slowly while others were rather tight. So raise your hand or ask permission politely, in sha ‘Allah brothers and sisters in Islam will give us the way.
Once out of the mathof we must also pay attention to the area around to find an empty place to perform shalat sunnah. Alhamdulillah we got the place although it’s not very paralel with Maqam Ibrahim (the stone which Prophet Abraham used as stair during the Ka’ba constuction). When the pilgrims have a place to pray, I walk among them just to remind the men to cover the right shoulder which left open during thawaf. Only then did we pray separately by reading the letters of Al-Fathihah and Al-Kafirun in the first raka’ah and Al-Fathihah and Al-Ikhlas in the second raka’ah. Do not forget to read the part of surah Al-Baqarah verse 125 before starting prayer,
وَ التَّخِذُوا مِنْ مَّقَامِ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ مُصَلَّى
(wa takhidzuw min maqaami ibrahim mushola)
“And you take the Station of Abraham as a place for prayer.”
One thing we must understand about the prayers behind Maqam Ibrahim is about the place. Some of the pilgrims insisted to pray stuck to it (Maqam Ibrahim). It caused jam and also disturb other people who perform the thawaf. Alhamdulillah there always two or three officers near it that prevents those who wants to pray more. The officers also dispels some others who try to imitate. The prayers behind Maqam Ibrahim can be made in any area inside the Grand Mosque without having to be right behind it; the important thing is we still around thawaf area.