Manifestations of Remorse & Repentance at Al-Multazam

After the completion of Tawaf (circummambulation around the Ka`bah), the pilgrim should go for Al-Multazam, which is located between the Black Stone and the door of the Ka`bah. One should stick his abdomen and chest to it while raising his hands up and putting his cheek on the wall. At this very moment, the pilgrim should be remorseful of his previous sins and his negligence towards Allah’s rights seeking Allah’s pardon and forgiveness. He should also seek pardon and good faith in religious and worldly matters and to make it an acceptable Hajj promising his Lord to obey His commands, perform His obligations and avoid His prohibitions.

Al-Multazam and its Location

In fact, we have several sayings concerning the naming of Al-Multazam and these are as follows:

Ibn `Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Al-Multazam is what is between the Black Stone and the door of the Ka`bah.”

Mujahid was reported as having said, “What is between the corner and the door is so called Al-Multazam; and no one performs a prayer and then supplicates Allah for a thing (in this place) except that it will bring good for him if Allah wills.

In the same vein, Ayyub said, “I have seen Al-Qasim Ibn Muhammad and `Umar Ibn `Abd Al-`Aziz standing behind the Ka`bah in front of its door seeking refuge (with Allah), supplicating Him and shedding tears therein.”

Al-Multazam is also called Al-Mad`a and Al-Muta`awwazh. It was also reported that Ibn Az-Zubair once passed by `Abdullah Ibn `Abbas while supplicating Allah at Al-Multazam. It was so called as such since the pilgrim stays at this location to supplicate Allah and that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, used to supplicate Allah therein.

Finally, `Amr Ibn Shu`aib was reported as having said on the authority of his father who said, “I made Tawaf (circummambulation around the Ka`bah) with `Abdullah Ibn `Amr. When we came to the back of the Ka`bah I said, ‘won’t you seek refuge (with Allah)?’ He, thereupon, replied, ‘I seek refuge with Allah from the Hell-fire.’ Then, he went until he touched the Black Stone and stood between the corner and the door of the Ka`bah. He, afterwards, put his chest, cheek, arms, and palms against the wall and said, ‘I have seen the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, doing as such.’”