إِنَّ ٱلصَّفَا وَٱلۡمَرۡوَةَ مِن شَعَآئِرِ ٱللَّهِ ۖ فَمَنۡ حَجَّ ٱلۡبَيۡتَ أَوِ ٱعۡتَمَرَ فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيۡهِ أَن يَطَّوَّفَ بِهِمَا ۚ وَمَن تَطَوَّعَ خَيۡرًا فَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ شَاكِرٌ عَلِيمٌ
Behold! Safa and Marwa are among the Symbols of Allah. So if those who visit the House in the Season or at other times, should compass them round, it is no sin in them. And if any one obeyeth his own impulse to good,- be sure that Allah is He Who recogniseth and knoweth.<br/>
Truly Safaa and Marwa, two mountains near Mecca, are among the waymarks (sha'aa'ir, plural of sha'eera) of God, the [ritual] ceremonies of His religion, so whoever makes the Pilgrimage to the House, or the Visitation, that is, whoever prepares to perform the Pilgrimage [hajj] or the Visitation ['umra]: the original sense of both terms [hajja and i'tamara] is 'to aim for' and 'to visit', respectively; he would not be at fault, [it would not be] a sin, if he circumambulates them (the original taa' [of yatatawwafa, 'circumambulate'] has been assimilated with the taa'), by pacing quickly (sa'y) between them seven times: this was revealed when the Muslims were averse to this [circumambulation], because the pagan Arabs used to circumambulate them, and there was an idol atop each mountain which they used to stroke. It is reported from Ibn 'Abbaas that this pacing [between the two] is not obligatory, based on the fact that when no sin can be incurred, the context implies free choice. Al-Shaafi'ee and others, however, considered it to be a pillar [of the Pilgrimage rituals]. The Prophet made clear its obligatory aspect when he said that, 'God has prescribed for you the pacing [sa'y]', as reported by al-Bayhaqee and others; and he [the Prophet] also said, 'Begin with what God has begun', meaning, al-Safaa, as reported by Muslim; and whoever volunteers (tatawwa'a: a variant reading is yattawa', the ta' here being assimilated) good, that is, any good deed such as circumambulation or other, that is not obligatory on him; God is Grateful, for such a deed and rewards that person for it, Knowing, it.