1. One must begin tawaf (circumambulation) with one’s right shoulder uncovered, and the Ka’bah on one’s left side, while facing the Black Stone, kissing it, if possible, or touching it with one’s hand, or pointing in its direction, and saying, Bismillah wallahak baalla humma imanan bika wa tasdiqan bikitabika wa wafa’an bi ‘ahdika wa ittiba’an li sunnati nabbiyyi sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam (In the Name of Allah. Allah is the Greatest. O Allah! [I begin this tawafl believing in You, affirming the truth of Your Book, fulfilling my covenant with You, and following the example of the Prophet, peace be upon him).”
2. Jogging lightly through the first three rounds around Ka’bah is encouraged. One should walk fast, keep close to Ka’bah as much as possible, and take short steps. In the next four rounds one should walk at normal pace. If one is unable to jog or get closer to Ka’bah, because of overcrowding around it, one may perform one’s tawaf in any way possible.
Touching the Yemeni corner (Ar-Ruknul Yemeni) is encouraged, and so is kissing or touching the Black Stone in each of the seven rounds of tawaf, if possible.
3. Making remembrance of Allah and supplicating to Him as much as possible is also encouraged. For this purpose one may choose any supplications that one feels comfortable with, without restricting oneself to any supplications or repeating what others (around one may be saying). There are no set supplications prescribed for this purpose. The supplications that some people take as prescribed for various rounds of tawaf have no authenticity. No such supplications are reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him). One should pray for oneself, for one’s family and one’ s Muslim brethren for anything good in this life or in the hereafter.
Some of the supplications that are reported in this regard are given below:
1. Upon facing the Black Stone the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allahumma imanan bika wa tasdiqan bikitabik wa wafa ‘an bi’ahadika wa Itba’an li sunnat nabbiyyika bismillahi wallahu akbar (This is reported directly from the Prophet (peace be upon him)) (O Allah! I begin this tawaf believing in You, affirming the truth of Your Book, fulfilling my covenant with You, and following the example of Your Prophet, peace be upon him. In the Name of Allah! Allah is the Greatest!)”
2. Upon commencing the tawaf the Prophet (peace be on him) said: “Subhan Allah wal hamdu lillah wa la ilaha illallah wallahu akbar wa la haula wa la quwwata illa billah (Glory to Allah, All praise is due to Allah, there is no god but Allah. Allah is the Greatest. There is no might nor power except with Allah).” (Ibn Majah)
3. Upon reaching the Yemeni corner the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Rabbana aatina fid dunniyya hasanatan wa fil akhirati hasanatan wa qina ‘azhaban nar (Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the Fire).” (Reported by Abu Daw’ud, and Ash-Shafi’i from the Prophet (peace be upon him) on the authority of ‘Umar)
4. Ash-Shafi’i said: “I like that each time on passing the Black Stone one should say Allahu Akbar, and while jogging one should supplicate and say: Allahumma ij ‘alhu hajjan mabruran wa zhanban maghfuran wa Sa’iyan mashkuran (O Allah! Let this be an accepted Hajj, with sins forgiven, and a well appreciated effort).” And during each round of tawaf he would say: “Rabbighfir warham wa’fu ‘ama ta’lam wa antal a’azzul akram allahumma aatina fid dunniyya hasanatan wafil aakhirati hasantan wa qina ‘azhaban nar. (O my Lord. Forgive us, and have mercy upon us, pardon our sins that You only know, You are the Most Honoured and Dignified. O Allah! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the fire).”
It is reported about Ibn ‘Abbas that while walking between the Yemeni corner and the Black Stone he used to say: “Allahumma qanni’nibima razaqtani wa barik lifihi wakhluf ‘alayya kulla gha’ibatin bikhair. (O Allah! Let me be satisfied with what you provided me, O Allah! Bless it for me. O Allah! Substitute every good thing that I missed with something good.”(Reported by Sa’id bin Mansur and al-Hakim)