Istilaam is to place both hands on the Hajare Aswad and to kiss it gently thrice, between the two palms. (Be careful not to harass, push or hurt, anyone in the process.) Hands should not be placed on the silver ring when kissing the Hajare Aswad.
- If Istilaam is not possible, merely place the hands on the Hajare Aswad. If this is also not possible, then one should stand diametrically opposite the Hajare Aswad and stretch both the hands, with the palms facing the Hajare Aswad, (as if one were placing them on it ). Thereafter, kiss the hands and commence the Tawaaf. If this is also not possible, then merely say the Takbeer when raising the hands to the ears and commence the Tawaaf.
- It is Sunnat to make Istilaam of the Hajare Aswad in all seven circuits. Istilaam is Sunnat Mu’akkadah (emphasised Sunnah).