Performing the prayer of salutation on entering the Haraam mosque
Fatwa No: 95672

  • Fatwa Date:10-5-2007 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 23, 1428
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Question

A.S.A.K. Do we need to offer 2 rakat greeting prayer for kabbah like we do for mosque. Please quote with hadith. (mention name kabbah in hadith) Thanks

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

The majority of the jurists  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that the prayer of salutation to the Haraam mosque is to perform the Tawaaf (circumambulation around the Ka'bah) for a person who is entering Makkah, whether he is in a state of Ihraam, or for the purpose of trading, or else as 'Aa'ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her said: ''When the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) came to Makkah, he  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) performed ablution and then performed the Tawaaf around the sacred House [Ka'bah].'' The two Rak'ahs that one performs after the Tawaaf are sufficient instead of the two Rak'ahs of salutation to the mosque.

However, if a person enters the mosque for other purposes than performing the Tawaaf, like for reciting the Quran, or seeking knowledge, or performing the obligatory prayer, then he should perform the two Rak'ahs of salutation to the mosque like any other mosque, for the general meaning of the saying of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: If one of you were to enter a mosque, he should not sit until he performs two Rak'ahs.

However, we are not aware of any clear Prophetic narration which states that the salutation to the Haraam mosque is to perform the Tawaaf.  

Allaah Knows best.

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