Is My Umra Valid?

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat is asked about the validity of Umra if a sister has doubts about purity.

I went on Umra during my period. My periods stop on the sixth day, but this time it didn’t stop until the thirteenth day. On the twelfth day I went and did Umra, thinking I am now in istihada [period of abnormal bleeding], and did tawaf and sa’i [moving back and forth between Safa and Marwa] after entering tuhr [a state of purity] and making wudu.

Yet I am still doubtful whether I was right or wrong. Please help me and answer my question. And if I was wrong please tell me what to do.

I pray you are well.

Your Umra was valid – provided you were able to remain in a state of wudu during your tawaf. If not, you need to sacrifice a sheep in Mecca.

Continuation Of Blood

If bleeding persists after the number of days you usually see it – 7, for example – you should not pray your prayers as there is a chance that the number of days you menstrual cycle lasts may change. If it stops before ten full days then this is your new cycle – 9, for example.

If, however, it continues past ten days then you assume that your menstrual cycle lasted the original number of days (7) and everything else was istihada. This means you all have to repeat the missed prayers from the day of the cycle ending until the point you realized the bleeding was istihada.

(Birgivi, Dhukhr al-Mutaʾahhilin; Kasani, Badaʾiʿ al-Sanaʾiʿ).

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.


What is the Wisdom Behind Doing Certain Hajj and Umrah Rituals 7 Times?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: Why do we go around the Ka’ba 7 times during Umrah and Hajj? Why do we go anti-clockwise as opposed to clockwise? The same goes for Sa’ee – again we must walk between Safa and Marwa 7 times? What is the reasoning for this?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states.

There is a certain category of legal rulings described as “tawqifiyya,” meaning that the intellect cannot ascertain their wisdom for certain, although it can attempt to come up with logical bases. The Arabic word itself has to do with “bringing something to a standstill, causing to halt,” as if the legal ruling itself forces the intellect to stop and not move further in figuring out why the ruling is as it is…

Examples include amounts or time periods, such as zuhr prayer being 4 rakats or expiation for certain sins being fasting 2 consecutive months; as well as the rituals you ask about, such as going around the Ka’ba 7 times anti-clockwise, or going between Safa and Marwa 7 times, etc.

Regarding the 7 rounds between Safa and Marwa (sa’y), as well as the accelerated pace between the two green lines, some scholars do attempt to provide reasoning, such as the well-known incident of Lady Hajra (Allah send her peace) going back and forth 7 times searching for water, or how our Beloved Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) accelerated the pace between the green lines to show the polytheists that the Muslims were indeed physically strong and formidable. [Zayla’i, Tabyin al-Haqa’iq]

However, as the great Imam Ibn Humam states, “The legal experts (muhaqqiqun) are of the opinion that one shouldn’t seek the meaning of these and similar rulings, such as the pelting (ramy) and the like. Rather, they are tawqifiyya matters, the knowledge of which is better consigned to Allah Most High.” [Fath al-Qadir]

And Allah knows best.

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani