Hajj Ritual

Sa´ī (the Walk Between Safa and Marwa)

This is the fourth obligation of the ´Umratu-t-Tamattu´. During the sa´ī, too, it is an obligation to have the intention to seek closeness to Allah (s.t.). Neither covering the ´aurāh nor ritual purity are prerequisites for the sa´ī to be valid, although it is preferable that ritual purity be maintained.

#333: The sa´ī is performed after the ṯawāf and the corresponding prayer. If it had been done before that, it has to be repeated after the ṯawāf and the corresponding prayer. The rule for someone who forgot to perform the ṯawāf before the

sa´ī was described above.

#334: The intention should specify whether the sa´ī is for the ´Umrah or the Hajj.

#335: The sa´ī consists of seven segments, the first beginning in Safa and ending in Marwa. The second segment is the return along the same path as the first; the third equals the first, and so on, till the seventh segment ends in Marwa. The entire distance between the two hills should be covered, but there is no need to climb one of the hills, although this would be preferable and should be done as a precautionary measure. The pilgrim need only make sure that they touch the foot of each hill when turning around.

#336: If a pilgrim begins the sa´ī in Marwa, the course to Safa does not count and the pilgrim has to start again in Safa.

#337: It is not necessary that the pilgrim walk, albeit that is better. They may also ride an animal, be carried by a person or be pushed in a wheelchair.

#338: The pilgrim is required to stay between Safa and Marwa on the established route. They are not permitted to take the path via the mosque or any other route. However, they need not walk only in a straight line.

#339: When walking towards Marwa, it is essential to be facing this destination, and similarly when going towards Safa, one's front has to be facing Safa. It is not permitted to turn one's back to Marwa or Safa when proceeding in the respective direction. However, there is no objection to looking to the right or left or behind oneself while walking.

#340: As a precaution, the pilgrim should avoid significant interruptions during the course of the sa´ī, as has already been described for the ṯawāf. The pilgrim is allowed to sit in order to rest in Safa, Marwa or in between. As a precaution (al-ahwaṯ), it is better to refrain from sitting down between Safa and Marwa except to rest or to perform the prayer at its earliest time. In these cases, one may continue the sa´ī from the place where it was interrupted. As a precaution, a discontinued sa´ī should be completed and then repeated.