Tawaf is the important part of the rituals of the umrah and hajj that every pilgrim and muslim believer should perform when he or she goes to the city of Mecca for the purpose of pilgrimage. It is the ritual and act that has to be performed by circumambulating around the holy kabah 7th times. This has to be started from the hajr e aswad (which is the black stone placed in corner of the kabah) while moving in the clockwise direction. As the matter of the fact, with the completion of every circumambulation, you need to get back to the hajr e aswad. In case, you get the opportunity, you must get your way towards the hajr e aswad. If you cannot kiss it, so at least try to point your right hand towards it.
Types of tawaf:
As the matter of the fact, there are 7 types of tawaf that you should know before you head towards mecca for the purpose of performing hajj or umrah.
This is the tawaf which has to be performed on the part of the pilgrims when they arrive in the city of Makkah for the purpose of performing hajj, umrah or the most significantly, business visit. This is known as the welcoming tawaf that every person has to perform when he or she arrived. As the matter of the fact, it is the sunnah for the person who lives other than the city of mecca.
- Tawaf-ul-Ziarah: This is the tawaf which has to be performed on the part of the pilgrims seeking to perform the hajj. this tawaf is considered to be obligatory for all the pilgrims and thus mandatory. Your hajj will not be accepted in case, you fail to perform this tawaf. It has to be performed from 10 zil hajj till the end of the 12 zil haj.
▪ Tawaf-ul-Wada (Tawaf-e-Sadr):
As the matter of the fact, this is the tawaf which is commonly known as the farewell tawaf and is the holy ritual that marks the completion of the hajj that would be followed by the leaving the makkah by the pilgrim.
It is the tawaf that is considered to the optional tawaf for the pilgrims. As the matter of the fact, this is the tawaf which is comparatively better than the nafl salat. What is the best part about this tawaf is that you can perform this tawaf anytime you want as per your preference and will. According to the hadith of the holy prophet PBUH, it has been said that pilgrim should perform tawaf to the point where you feel not more can be done as it is very holy act the benefit of which you can not avail in other part of the world. it is the immense level of privilege.