Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 5, Hajj and ‘Umrah, Fiqh 5.082B.

Section : Entering Ka’bah and Hijr Isma’il and its Excellence.

Ibn ‘Umar reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) entered the Ka’bah along with Usamah bin Zaid, and Uthman bin Talhah and closed its door behind them. When they came out, Bilal informed me that the Prophet (peace be upon him) offered a prayer inside the Ka’bah between the two Yemeni corners.” (Bukhari and Muslim) This has led some scholars to conclude that entering Ka’bah and offering prayer inside it is sunnah. Others, however, say that even if it is a sunnah, it is not a part of Hajj rites, as stated by Ibn ‘Abbas when he said: “O people, entering the Ka’bah is not one of the rites of Hajj.” (Reported by al-Hakim with a sound chain of authorities)

For a pilgrim unable to enter the Ka’bah it is recommended that he should enter the Hijr Isma’il and offer prayer there, because it is a part of the Ka’bah. Ahmad reported on sound authority from Sa’id bin Jubair that ‘Aishah said: “O Prophet of Allah ! All your family except me have been inside the Ka’bah!” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to her, “Send for Shaibah (His name was Ibn ‘Uthman bin Talhah; he was the key-bearer of the Ka’bah) so that he should open the door for you.” She did as he had told her to do. Shaibah said, “We could never open it, during the night during the pre-Islamic days, nor during the days of Islam. The Prophet (peace be upon him) told ‘Aishah, “Pray inside the Hijr Isma’il. It is a part of Ka’bah, but your people left it out while rebuilding the Ka’bah and did not include it in its structure.”

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