Can I Use Pills to Delay My Menses during My Stay for ‘Umra?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


My question is a bit urgent as I have an upcoming ‘umra trip to attend In sha Allah.

The stay should first be eight nights in Makkah and five in Medina.

My period may begin around the last five nights in Madina. I wanted to know if that comes in the way of performing ‘umra and any of the obligations.

If my menses on the last days of the trip interfere with performing the obligations and necessities, I intend to delay it using birth control pills because I cannot change the dates of the trip.

Also, where can I find all the necessary information regarding ‘umra so I can learn in the meantime, such as any differences among the four schools regarding certain aspects of ‘umra?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. May Allah Most High accept your ‘umra rites, acts of worship, and du’as, amin

As your period will possibly come during your visit to Madina, and it will not interfere with your stay, as there are no obligations and necessities, there will be no need to worry as far as the obligations and necessities are concerned. See the links below.

However, you will be unable to enter the masjid al-Haram itself. For this, if you want to use the pills, then you may do so. Consult your doctor first, taking into consideration your overall health and well-being.

Visiting the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is a Sunna

Visiting the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is a sunna, either before or after the hajj. The same would apply to ‘umra; it is fine to visit Madina before or after the ‘umra. [‘Ala’ al-Din ‘Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-‘Ala’iyya]

Check these links:
Hajj and Umra Archives – SeekersGuidance
A Hajj Reader – SeekersGuidance

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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.