What is the penalty for having intercourse during the ‘Umra?

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What is the penalty for having intercourse during the ‘Umra?

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

If one has intercourse in the state of Ihram for ‘Umra, their ‘Umra is invalidated if the intercourse occurred before completing 4 out of the 7 circuits of the Tawaf. In such a case, they must complete the actions of the ‘Umra, slaughter a sheep, and the ‘Umra must be made up. [Tumurtashi, Ibn ‘Abidin; Tanwir al-Absar, Radd al-Muhtar]

If the intercourse occurred after having to complete 4 or more circuits out of the 7 circuits, they must slaughter a sheep. The ‘Umra, in this case, is not invalidated. [Ibid.]

If one wishes to perform another ‘Umra, they must leave the boundaries of Mecca and renew the Ihram. One is not required to go to any specific place; however, it is common to go to Masjid al-Tan’im (a.k.a. Masjid ‘Aisha) since it is the closest. [Maydani; al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab]

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[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Quranic exegesis, Islamic history, and some texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.