Menstrual Cycle Starts After Beginning an ‘Umrah – What to do

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful…

When a woman has begun her rites of ‘Umrah by entering into a state of ihraam, what does she do if she gets her menses before she manages to complete her ‘Umrah?

The great scholar, Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have Mercy on him) said:

فإذا حاضت المرأة قبل أن تبدأ بالعمرة فإنها تبقى في مكة حتى تطهر، ثم تطوف وتسعى وتقصّر،.

When a woman gets her menses before beginning the ‘Umrah (after assuming ihram), she is to remain in Makkah until she becomes pure (i.e. her menstrual cycle ends), after which she is to make tawaaf (around the Ka’bah), perform Sa’ee (between Safaa and Marwah), and shorten her hair.

فإن دعت الحاجة عند سفرها إلى الطائف أو جدة أو غيرهما، سافرت وهي على إحرامها ترجع حتى تؤدي طواف العمرة وسعيها

If some necessity related to her trip requires her to go to Taif, Jeddah, or elsewhere, she may travel there, remaining in a state of ihraam until she returns to perform the tawaaf and sa’ee of ‘Umrah.

إلا إن كانت قد قالت عند الإحرام، “فإن حبسني حابس فمحلي حيث حبستني”، ثم أصابها الحيض، فلها التّحلل، يعني إذا أصابها عذر، حبسني حابس، يعني: عذرًا كالحيض، فإنها تحلّ ولا شيء عليها، أو أصابها مرض

This is unless she had stipulated when assuming ihraam, saying (what means): “If something prevent me (from completing ‘Umrah), then the place where I stop (my ‘Umrah) shall be wherever you prevent me.” Then, if her menstrual cycle comes, she may discontinue her ihraam (i.e. come out of the state of ihraam), meaning: if she faces any problem, “something prevents me,” an excuse like menstruation. In such a case, she may come out of ihraam (without completing her ‘Umrah), and there is nothing further upon her to do (i.e. no expiation or obligation to repeat the ‘Umrah). Similarly is the case if she becomes sick.

Source: From a recording of the live radio program, Noor ‘Alad-Darb (18/93 of the Shuway’ir compilation). [Arabic source]

Translated by: Moosaa Richardson

8 thoughts on “Menstrual Cycle Starts After Beginning an ‘Umrah – What to do

  1. What if she intends to perform umrah and her menses starts before she assumes the ihram should she assume the ihram or what is upon her? kindly elaborate

  2. As-Salaamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu,

    Is it recommended for an international traveler to say what is stipulated in bold in the final paragraph? That is to say, given that an international traveler likely has set travel dates to return home, and they may get sick or have something else prevent them, then that stipulation could relieve them of a potential hardship. Would it then be good to make that stipulation? Does gender matter?

    Jazakallahu khayran.

    • Wa ‘alaykas-salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. It is for people who foresee potential problems which may prevent them from finishing their ‘Umrah. It should not be that everyone makes the stipulation without need, and Allaah knows best.

  3. As salamu alaikum,
    [1] What is the ruling on a woman who wants to become Muslim while on her menses. [2] The ruling on touching and reading the mushaf while on her menses? [3] Does a woman need witnesses to her shahadah and if so details. [4] Is there any benefit or sunnah in sending duas with someone going to umrah/hajj for the person to make for you?

    • wa ‘alaykis-salaamu wa rahmatullaah.

      [1] She takes a complete bath and pronounces the shahaadatayn: There is no deity worthy of any worship other than Allaah, and Muhammad was His Messenger. At this point, she is a Muslim. She should get in touch with her sisters in Islaam to learn more about her Religion, giving priority to her ‘aqeedah and her prayers. She refrains from praying until she comes off her menses and takes a bath.

      [2] She may read the mushaf without touching it. Shaykh Ibn Baaz said that she may touch the mushaf with a barrier like gloves being worn. (here)

      [3] Her honest and intended shahaadah, with knowledge of its meaning, is valid with Allaah without any human witnesses. However, if she would like to be considered a Muslim by the people around her, then she needs to tell them. Meaning: She may take her shahaadah and then tell them about it, or she may take he shahaadah in front of them. If she has taken her shahaadah, then she is not asked to repeat it in public, as many people misunderstand. You simply give the good news to the Muslims and support your new sister. There is no “shahaadah ceremony” in Islaam. If she fears abuse or harm from announcing her Religion, she may conceal it from the people, and it will be valid with Allaah. However, how will anyone know to bury her as a Muslim or seek forgiveness for her if she dies, if they never knew about her acceptance of Islaam? So she really needs to get in touch with someone, as Islaam is a community Religion, and she has rights and obligations connected to the Muslim community.

      [4] You may ask any Muslim at any time to pray for you, however, you need to realize that you have a direct relationship with Allaah yourself, so focus your efforts on calling upon Him yourself, as it is the best form of worship. We should not follow any custom of sending du’aas with people for Hajj. I do not know of any basis for this from the actions of the Companions. Take your own list directly to Allaah and ask Him yourself, in the last third of the night, between the athaan and iqaamah, and at all times in general.

      وإذا سألك عبادي عني فإني قريب أجيب دعوة الداع إذا دعان
      “And when My Servants ask you about Me, (tell them) I am surely close, I answer the prayer of the one who supplicates, whenever he supplicates to Me.”
      [Soorah al-Baqarah 2:186]

      And Allaah knows best.

  4. Assalam alaikum, I am planning to go umrah,I live in India,my last mensuration period came 2 times in a last month,so now it came on same date as same as last month first period came on date so I will go for umrah in next month and my flight date is same,so shall I postponed umrah,or else what to do pls help me to go right path of our islam

  5. URGENT PLEASE. Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaah

    There is a woman who has a strong desire, especially during her menses.
    1. Is she sinful if she requests her husband to fondle the upper part of her private part (NOT where blood exits from) until she is satisfied?
    2. If he satisfies her, is she then required to make a ghusl before reading Qur’aan?

    • Wa ‘alayk as-salaamu wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh. The Sunnah is for the woman to wear a lower garment, like a waist wrap, and enjoy acts of intimacy while avoiding the area of harm (her crotch). And Allaah knows best. #2: I don’t know.

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