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Common Mistakes in Salat of Tawaf
After doing the tawaf, some pilgrims forget to do the salat of tawaf and proceed directly to do the sa‘i between Safa and Marwah – they remember that while only during the sa‘i. Then he should interrupt his sa‘i and go to say salat of tawaf behind the Maqam Ibrahim (a.s.) and then return back to sa‘i and continue from where he left.
Some pilgrims think that doing the salat of tawaf “behind the Maqam Ibrahim” means that doing it at a place closest to the Maqam. However, that is not the correct understanding; rather it is sufficient to say the salat at any place which is normally considered to be “behind the Maqam”.
Some pilgrims think that doing the salat of tawaf behind the Maqam Ibrahim is not permissible if it creates a barrier for those who are doing the tawaf. This is not correct since one is allowed to do the salat behind the Maqam even if becomes like a barrier for those who doing the tawaf in that area.
Many times, a male pilgrim does his salat of tawaf besides a female pilgrim or behind her because of the crowded area – and he thinks that this invalidates his salat. This is incorrect since doing the salat besides a lady or behind her is permissible in the Sacred Mosque because of excessive crowd.