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I had recently attended a lecture on hajj, including rules for when does tawaf.
the speaker mentioned that while doing tawaf, men should uncover their right shoulder and jog for the first 3 rounds only.....and the shoulder should be covered for the remaining rounds around the kaaba.
but i thought u had to keep ur shoulder uncovered for all 7 rounds.
which view is correct??
or is there a valid difference of opinion here??
14-10-2008, 03:32 AM
My understanding is that the trotting and the baring of the shoulder are sunna in the 1st three rounds only.
"j5.13 It is sunna in the first three rounds of circumambulation to hasten one's gait (N: if one can do so without harming others) (O: taking close steps, without running) which is termed trotting (ramal) (O: and which is desirable for men only, not women).
Both trotting and baring the right shoulder (def:j5.3) are only called for in circumambulations that are followed by going between Safa and Marwa (def:j6)..."
Reliance of the Traveller, Shaykh Nuh.
The baring of the shoulder is Sunnah and wouldn't invalidate the tawaf if ommitted. My teacher says that it is always more important to observe the fardh thus, to try our utmost to avoid talfiq (mixing madh-habs) our tahara is better kept by observing the following measures:
1. Cover both shoulders and keep the body tight such that there is less surface area exposed for the possibility of contact with the skin of a ghayr-mahram (of the opposite gender)
2. If contact is made (which will happen) do not look to see whether it was the opposite gender or not, and if there is even a slight possibility that it was not the opposite gender (even 1% chance; or less), then that which is doubtful will not override that which is certain. Thus when you performed your wudhu correctly, that is certain, and the touch is uncertain (you would not place yaqin in) that it was a ghayr-mahram of the opposite gender, thus your wudhu is still valid.
If you choose to make tawaf according to the Hanafi/Maliki school (to avoid breaking wudhu), then the question remains open to their respective followers regarding what is sunnah in their respective schools in the tawaf.
InshALLAH this will help us
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