Hill of Safa & Marwah

Beware of the supplication of the oppressed for there is no barrier between it and ALLAH.

Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

Safa & MarwahAs-Safa and al-Marwa are two small hills located in the Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia named the Kabbah, Muslims on pilgrimage to Hajj and Umrah run back and forth between this hills seven times. The distance between Safa and Marwa hills is approx 450 m (1,480 ft), so that seven trips amount to roughly 3.15 km (1.96 mi). Although nowadays this path is fully Air-conditioned with marbled floors make the ritual very easy.

Abraham (Ibrahim) (peace be upon him) was commanded by Allah to leave his wife Hagar (Hajar) and their infant son, Ishmael alone in the desert between Safa and Marwa. He left a skin of water and a bag of dates with his wife Hagar before departing; the mother began to eat the dates and drink the water, and she breastfed her son Ishmael.

When their provisions of water and food exhausted, she became hungry and thirsty, and her milk dried up. The infant became hungry, and began to cry with hunger. She found herself in a difficult situation.

Hagar went in search of help or water. To make her search easier and faster, she went alone, leaving the infant on the ground. She first climbed the nearest hill, Safa, to look over the surrounding area. When she saw nothing, she then went to the other hill, Marwah, to look around. Hagar traveled back and forth between the hills seven times in the scorching heat before returning to her son Ishmael. This act of running between Safa and Marwa by a woman was so much loved by Allah. When she arrived, she heard a sound, but she did not know what it was. Then she saw that Angel Gabriel (Jibreel ) had come down by Allah’s command, and he struck the ground with his wings & his foot in the place where Zamzam is now. It was a reward for Hagar's patience. This spring is now known as the Zamzam Well.

Running between Safa and Marwa is made compulsory for pilgrims who perform Hajj. Allah mentioned in Quran: Today we drink water from Zamzam and it is ever flowing water. When you go for Hajj, remember the struggle of this great mother and how Hagar was rewarded by Allah.

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