Tuesday, December 12, 2006


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'abah.”

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'abah 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 SAW 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 (circumambulation around the Ka'bah) with 'Abdullah Ibn 'Amr. When we came to the back of the Ka`abah 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`abah. 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.

©IOL Shari`ah Researchers, 2004.

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