Thawaf Wada ‘: A Farewell to Mecca

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْم

with ka rini n abang yudhi
Image: Ryan Mayer’s document.

The restaurant was quiet and nobody there except us. The pilgrims gradually gathered around the table. Mrs. Yuyun and her two children. Farel and his mother. Granny Ema and Mrs. Erni. Granny Uti and Granny Sri. Mr. Anwar and Mrs. Ani. And Mrs. Ros and Mr. Rudi. Shortly thereafter came the family of Doctor Keiko, Mr. Nugie and Wahyudi. Thus we left the restaurant waiter tidying the table.

Normaly thawaf wada ‘ performed on the last morning in Mecca but this time we did it after dinner; around 10:00 pm Saudi time. This schedule change was consequence of our flight to Istanbul.

We went along the same path as first time arrived in Mecca. The original plan was i will lead the group but qoddarullah an officer stoped us right in front of the escalator. He forbade Mr. Nugie and Granny Sri from using wheelchairs during thawaf on the ground floor. We only permit to carry out thawaf on a special path designed for wheelchairs.

“Ladies and gentlemen, i am very sorry that i cannot go with you. I have to accompany Mr. Nugie and Granny Sri to wheelchair’s route.”

Wahyudi can do nothing but put up a sad face. From morning he has asked me to lead the thawaf because his voice runs out and his throat is inflamed. I myself have explained that the same inflammation also strikes me but he still insist. Now Wahyudi has no other choice; my poor dear friend.

Unlike the overcrowded ground floor, performing thawaf in the special area of is much more smoothly that run is actually very possible. However, the distance we have to travel further than those who perform it on the ground floor. The positive side that we can be more relaxed, most should be patient when the wheelchair drivers push out at high speed, “Hajj tariq! Haj make way!” Literally tariq means road but in this occation the word means step aside.

During hajj, thawaf wada or farewell thawaf is mandatory to all pilgrims that would leave Mecca. The prophet said,

لَا يَنْفِرَنَّ أَحَدٌ حَتَّى يَكُوْنَ اٰخِرُ عَهْدِهِ بِالْبَيْتِ

“Let no one return till end of his hajj is (thawaf) in the Ka’ba.”[1]

So whoever has done the thawaf wada’ should not come to the Grand mosque anymore. Simply stay at the inn until the time of departure time.. If you still want to pray with the imam of the Grand Mosque then simply do it in the hotel mosque. As for umrah, thawaf wada’ is not mandatory.

After completing seven extraordinary rounds, we rested for a while and then performed two rakaah of sunnah prayer. All of us was sad to leave Mecca; not knowing whether to get back here. However, a believer is not deservedly despairing. What we can do is humble ourselves before Allah  and beg Him to give another chance to visit the holy cities.

We worship Him alone, do not ask for protection except Him, expect to return to His home, and be rewarded with a paradise of heaven later. Allahuma amen.

[1] Shahih. Narrated by Muslim (no. 1327) and others, Al-Bukhari also narrated it (no. 1755).

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