And he may cling to the place between the corner and the Door - placing
his chest and face and forearms upon this place.(45)
This is narrated by two
isnaads from the Prophet by which the hadith reaches the level of hasan
- and is increased in strength by the fact that a group of the Sahaabah
acted on it - from them Ibn 'Abbaas - may Allaah be pleased with him -
who said: "This is the Multazam between the Corner and
the Door. And it is authentically narrated from 'Urwah
ibn az-Zubair also - see 'As-Sahaabah, no.2138.
And Ibn Taimiyyah said in his
'Mansak' (p.387): "And if he wishes
to come to the Multazam - and that is what is between the Black stone
and the Door - and he places upon it his chest and face and forearms
and hands - and makes du'aa - and he asks Allaah for whatever he needs
- then he may do so. And he may do so before the Farewell Tawaaf there
being no difference in this being at that time or any other - and the
Sahaabah used to do so when they entered Makkah - and if he stands near
the Door making du'aa without iltizaam of the House then that is also
good, and when he leaves he does not stand or turn or walk backwards."
This is a matter concerning which the scholars
differed, although it was not narrated from the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) (i.e. that was not narrated in a
saheeh hadeeth, as the ahaadeeth that were narrated concerning this
were deemed to be da’eef or weak). Rather it was narrated from some of
the Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them). So is iltizaam
(clinging) Sunnah? When should it be done – upon arrival or when about
to leave, or at any time?
The reason for this difference
of opinion among the scholars is that it is not narrated in the Sunnah
of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), rather the
Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) used to do that when they
arrived in Makkah.
fuqaha’ said: He (the pilgrim) should do that when about to leave, and
should cling to the multazam, which is the area between the corner
where the Black Stone is located and the door…
Based on this, there
is nothing wrong with iltizaam (clinging to the Ka’bah in this area) so
long as that does not involve annoying others.
Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 7/402,