Sa’ee

Sa'ee

Sa’ee After it, you will have to perform the Sa’ee. Like the Tawaf, it, too, will be done under the guidance of someone. You may, however, bear two or three things in mind in respect of it. Sa’ee signifies the ritual of covering, at a brisk pace, seven times each way, the distance between the two points of Safa and Marwa.

In order to perform the Sa’ee, you should reach the hillock of Safa after carrying out the Istilam of the Hajr-e-Aswad in the prescribed manner. It is better if you stand at a place from where you can see the House of Ka’aba otherwise you can see the House of Ka’aba otherwise you just stand with your face towards it. Then raise your hand (as is done in Du’a) and make your petitions to Allah at length and with fullest sincerity and devotion. It is preferable that you begin the supplication with the under-mentioned Kalima (code of Affirmation). The Holy Prophet had recited it during his Hajj before making his supplications at Safa.

“La Ilaha Illallaho vahdahoo la Sharika Lahoo Lahool mulko valaholhamd vaho a Ala Kulle shaein Qadeer.”

There is no one worthy of worship and obedience but one Allah. He is One and without a partner. His is the Kingdom and unto Him is due all Paise. And He has Power over all things.

Aster it, you can make whatever entreaties you like with your heart and soul. Similarly, when you reach Marwa from Safa, there, too, you should halt and supplicate to Allah Fervently and at length. And, in the way, also you must not be heedless but keep on remembering Allah hopefully and devotedly. Wazu is not essential for Sa’ee but it is preferable.

A brief prayer is reported to have been recited by the sacred Prophet while performing the Sa’ee. You should also memorize it. It is a beautiful prayer.

“Rabbigh firvarham va anta-l-A’azzoi akrama La ilaha illallaho wahdahoo la sharika lahoo lahol mulko walahol ham do wa ho wa ala kulle shain Qadeer”.

O Lord! forgive me my sins and have mercy on me. Verily, Thou art the Most Honourable, the Most Exalted, the Most Merciful. No one is worthy of worship but Allah. He is the only one. Has no partner. His is the kingdom. All Praise is for Thee. Can easily do when and what Thee desires.

The following are some mistakes which people often commit due to negligence or lack of information during Sa’ee. You must avoid them in order to make the Sa’ee perfect.

Firstly: On arriving at the points of Safa and Marwa, they raise their hands up to the ears in the same way as they do in Namaz. This is not correct.

Secondly: The sacred Prophet used to supplicate to Allah calmly and for a long time at Safa and Marwa in Sa’ee, but people, nowadays, are inclined to be very careless about it. You should pray to Allah in a calm and unhurried manner every time you reach Safa and Marwa during the course of Sa’ee, particularly when you begin the ritual at Safa and end it finally at Marwa.

Thirdly: Return to Masjid-e-Haram after completing the Seven turns of Sa’ee and offer two Rak’ats of Namaz in Mutaf (the covered path of Tawaf). This is not compulsory but an act confirmed by the practice of the Holy Prophet. It is said that he used to do the same. It is better if you offer these two Rak’ats in Mutaf in front of the hajr-e-Aswad, otherwise wherever place is available.

Now, your Umra has been completed. There are only two rites to be performed in Umra, Tawaf, and Sa’ee. You have performed both of them. Now have your hair shaved or trimmed off also near Marwa, and with it, you should remove the Ihram whose period has now come to an end along with the restrictions attached to it.

After it, remain in Makkah till the 8th of Zal-Hijja without Ihram (one can don the Ihram of Haj before the 8th Zil Hijja as well, but for the common people it is better to do it on that day before setting out for Mina). There is nothing in particular for you to do till the 8th of Zil-Hijja. Perform as many Nafl Tawafs as you can during this period. The method of doing the Nafl Tawafs is the same which has been mentioned earlier except that in them Ramal and Iztiba’a are not done.

During these days you are not bound by the restrictions attached to the wearing of Ihram but stay strictly away from all major and minor sins, especially from quarreling, back-biting, and criticizing anyone. Keep safe your heart and tongue from thought or word of suspicion. As far as possible you should keep yourself engaged in Zikr, worship, recitation of the Holy Quran, teaching and propagation of the faith, and Du’a and istighfar. The best thing for you is to keep the company of a pious and virtuous worshipper of Allah and to allow yourself to be guided by him. Inshallah, you will be inspired to do all the good deeds that are to be done and it will become easier for you to abstain from what is evil and sinful.

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