Imam Ahmed was asked about a man who made a vow to [perform] Tawaf (circumambulation) around the House [of Allah] (the Ka’bah) on all fours?

So he said: Let him [perform] Tawaf  twice, and not do Tawaf on all fours [1].


[1] Manaqib al-Imam Ahmed by Ibn al-Jawzi, p. 65

Ibn Al-Jawzi said commenting on this: Look at this [great understanding and] Fiqh. It is as if he looked at this crawling and saw it as a degradation and deviation from the proper form of the human to the resemblance of cattle, so he protected the House [of Allah] and the Mosque from that, and did not nullify the [resultant] ruling of his utterance [of the oath] of walking on two hands and substituted it with the two feet, which are the proper tools for walking.

سُئِلَ الإمام أَحْمَدُ عَنْ رَجُلٍ نَذَرَ أَنْ يَطُوْفَ بالبيت عَلَى أَرْبَعٍ، فَقَالَ: يَطُوْفُ طَوَافَيْنِ، وَلاَ يَطُوفْ عَلَى أَرْبَعٍ.ـ

وقال ابن الجوزي تعليقا على ذالك: فانظر إلى هذا الفقه, كأنه نظر إلى الانكباب فرآه مثلة وخروجا عن صورة الإنسان إلى التشبه بالبهيم, فصانه وصان البيت والمسجد عن ذالك, ولم يبطل حكم لفظه بالمشي على اليدين فأبدلهما بالرجلين التي هي آلة المشي.ـ