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The Hajj of a Menstruating Woman
Question#1077


What is the a woman who had her menses during the days of her Hajj? Is the Hajj she performed valid?


If a woman gets her menses during the days of Hajj, she performs all of the deeds of the Hajj except for the circumambulation of the Kaaba and the going between the hills of Safa and Marwa. She does not do those acts until she becomes pure. When she becomes pure, she makes ghusl, and performs the circumambulation and the circuits. If the menses come and the only rite she has not performed is the farewell circumambulation, then she goes home without performing it as it is no longer required of her [due to her state] and her Hajj is correct. The basis for this is what is recorded by al-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud from Abdullah ibn Abbas that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

"The woman with post-partum bleeding and the menstruating women, when they come to the miqat [the place to enter the state of ihram] are to make ghusl, enter the state of ihram and perform all of the rites of the Hajj save for the circumambulation of the House [Kaaba]."1

In the Sahih, it is recorded from Aisha that she had her menses before completing the rites of the Umrah and the Prophet (peace be upon him) told her to enter the state of ihram for Hajj and to not circumambulate the House [Kaaba] until she was pure. He told her to do all of the rites of the Hajj and to combine it with the Umrah.

Al-Bukhari recorded from Aisha that Safiya, the wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him), received her menses and mentioned that to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him). He said, "Is she going to hold us up?" They said, "She has already made the Ifadh2 circumambulation." He said, "In that case, she is not [going to hold us up]." In another narration, Aisha said, "Safiya had the menses after she finished the Ifadha circumambulation. I mentioned her menses to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and he said, 'Is she going to hold us up?' I said, 'O Messenger of Allah, she has already performed the Ifadha circumambulation of the mosque.' So the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, 'Then let us go.'" And peace and blessings of Allah be upon the Prophet Muhammad and his family and Companions.

The Standing Committee

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Footnote

1. According to al-Albani, this hadith is sahih. Al-Albani, Sahih ul-Jami, vol. 1, p. 605.--JZ

2. This is the circumambulation of the Kaaba which is performed on the Tenth of Dhul-Hijjah. It is one of the pillars of essential acts of the Hajj.