The World Federation Islamic Laws

Ritual 303

As is widely held, tawaf is performed between the Holy Ka’ba and Maqame (the station) of Ibrahim (a.s.) – a distance of twenty six and a half arm lengths (about 12 meters). As one has to go around the wall of Hijr Ismail, the distance is reduced to six and a half arm lengths (about 3 meters).

However, if one moves outside this ambit, it is acceptable, though makrouh, particularly if one is unable to remain within the limits, or harm could befall him, if he did so. Nevertheless, where possible, observing ihtiyat is recommended.