Sa’i is an integral ritual of Hajj and Umrah which refers to the devotional act of walking back and forth seven times between the hills, Safa and Marwah. These two hills are located adjacent to Al-Haram in Mecca. Linguistically, the word “Sa’i” refers to “to walk” or “to pursue.” Umrah is the only spiritual journey that can be undertaken at any time of the year. This makes Umrah feasible for people having financial issues or time constraints. Although, the significance of Umrah is comparatively less than the Hajj however, the blessings received by pilgrims after performing Umrah is no less than the Hajj. Buy the best and affordable Umrah packages in India and undertake this spiritual experience.
Tawaf and Taqsir are the other two rituals performed by the Umrah pilgrims in order to complete their Umrah. Let’s discuss what rules and regulations a pilgrims must follow in Sa’i for an acceptable Umrah.
General Guidelines of Sa’i
For an acceptable and valid Sa’i, certain conditions and regulations must be complied with. Some of them are as follows:
- Sa’i is an obligatory act of Umrah that must be performed only after Tawaf. Perform your Sa’i with niyyah (intention) and for the satisfaction of Allah.
- The walking must begin from Safa and end at Marwah, and all seven rounds must be completed in this manner only. Going from one point to another is counted as one, therefore, pilgrims go four times from Safa to Marwah and three times from Marwah to Safa.
- As the Prophet Muhammad explicitly said, “Take your religious rites from me.” Sa’i must be performed in the common way between the two mountains and not anywhere else.
- Sa’i can only be discontinued or interrupted for Fard Salah and Janazah Salah. Apart from this, if the pilgrim wants to take a break or perform other necessary need, then also the Sa’i can be interrupted. Taking unnecessary breaks in between this ritual is not permitted.
- Although Wudhu is not a prerequisite, it is Sunnah to perform Sa’i and other rituals with wudhu. Unlike other rites, Sa’i can be performed in the state of major or minor impurity. Women pilgrims undergoing menstruation and post-natal bleeding can perform it without waiting for it to over.