Sa’ee is an Arabic word, its actual meaning is ‘to try’ and contextual meaning is ritual walking or formal procedure defines in pilgrimage. Sa’ee is the obligatory (Wajib) part of umrah. Sa’ee is the sunnah of Hazrat Hajrah (A.S). When Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) left Hazrat Hajrah and her infant child Ibarhim (A.S) in the dry valley of Makkah, she ran in the search of water between Safa and Marwah. It is done to symbolize Hazrat Hajar’s Act.
Sa’ee is the going back and forth seven times between Safa and Marwah that is done during the Hajj or Umrah. The walk begins at Safa and ends at Marwah. Starting from Safa one should walk to Marwah and this constitutes one walk, from Marwah back to Safa the second and so on up to seven walks finally ending at Marwah. It is the fourth compulsory act of the Hajj and Umrah and performed immediately after Tawaf and its prayer. If Sa’ee is omitted intentionally, it causes the Hajj or Umrah to become void, regardless of whether one knows this rule or not.
ALLAH (S.W.T) says in Quran:
Undoubtedly Safa and Marwah are among the symbols of Allah; so there is no sin on him, for whoever performs the Hajj (pilgrimage) of this House (of Allah) or the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage), to go back and forth between them; and whoever does good of his own accord, then (know that) indeed Allah is Most Appreciative (rewards virtue), the All Knowing. (Surah Bakarah 2:158)
There are various Hadiths on the importace of sa’ee. It was narrated that Jabir (R.A) that: When he went out the Masjid heading for As-Safa, I heard the Messenger of Allah say: “We will start with that with which Allah started.” (Sunan An-Nasa’I, 2972)
It was narrated that Kathir bin Jumhan said: “I saw Ibn Umar walking between As-Safa and Al-Marwah. He said: ‘I am walking because I saw the Messenger of Allah Walking, and I hasten because I saw the Messenger of Allah hasten.'” (Sunan Nasa’i, 2976)
Before starting Sa’ee, do Istilam of Hajar-e-Aswad or point towards it, saying:
“Bismillahi Allahu Akbar Wa Lillah Hil Hamad.”
Now Proceed towards Safa. It is a Sunnah to be in the state of ablutions during Sa’ee. Climb the hill of Safa and make intention (niyyah) for Sa’ey. After this climb Safa to the point from where you can see the Ka’bah, then facing the Ka’bah raise your hands in supplication, say Allahu Akbar three times and recite the supplication or ask Allah whatever you want. Now come down from Safa and move towards Marwah while reciting this supplication:
“Subhan-Allah wal-hamdu-lillahi wa la ilaha ill-Allah wa-Allahu Akbar wa la haula wa la quwwata illa-billa.”
You may also praise Allah and ask for His mercy in your language or use supplications taken from the daily Salah. When you reach two green pillars, men have to run between them but the women should walk with their normal pace. When on top of Marwah, praise Allah facing the Kabaah and repeat the same supplications that were recited at Safa. One trip is over, second trip will be on Safa and third trip will be on Marwah. In the same way, the seventh trip will end at Marwah. In all trips the men will run between the green pillars but the women will walk in a normal way. If it is not an undesirable (Makrooh) time, offer two raka’ats of nafl in the al-Haram.
As mentioned above Sa’ee is an essential part of Hajj and Umrah. Sa’ee means ‘to try’ so by doing this act we try to be obedient to ALLAH and to purifying our souls. Make Haleema Travels your partner in this Holy journey of Umrah or Hajj.