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.


Does My Hair Falling Out During Wudu or Being Trimmed By a Barber in Ihram Affect my Umra?

Answered by Ustadh Faraz A. Khan

Question: I recently performed umrah and while I was doing wudu in ihram, an eyebrow hair came out. also afterwards I had my hair trimmed by a barber, yet I’m not sure it was trimmed to one finger joint as I could not communicate with him. Was my umrah valid according to the Hanafi school?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

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

You can assume the eyebrow hair was already detached and hence your wudu did not pull out an attached hair but rather moved an already detached hair.

With regards to the haircut, the assumption is that the barber cut the required length of one finger joint, especially as that amount is necessary for just one-fourth of the head, not the entire head. Barbers there have experience and inshaAllah take care of the requisites when trimming the hair.

[For requirements of a proper haircut on hajj/umra, see “Ascent to Felicity” p.157]

It is important to remember that the default assumption of acts of worship is soundness and validity, and this default is at the level of certainty. That default certainty is not lifted by doubt or confusion, but rather only by a new certainty, or by a high likelihood close to certainty.

Finally, the questions you raise do not relate to the validity of the actual umra, so the umra is valid in any case. They instead relate to violations and whether or not donations are due, which they are not inshaAllah.

And Allah knows best.



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Wearing Stitched Clothing in Ihram: What Kind of Expiation is Due?

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas

Question: A family member of mine went for umrah. However whilst in ihram he took it off and put stitched clothing on. I know that that is wrong. What kind of kaffara does he need to offer?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

I pray you are well.

If the stitched clothing was worn in a normal manner for a whole day or a whole night then one would be required to slaughter a sheep.

If the stitched clothing was worn in a normal manner for less than a whole day or less than a whole night then one would be required to give charity. The amount that needs to be given is the equivalent value of half a saa’ of wheat, namely 2 kg.

If the stitched clothing was not worn in a normal manner then no expiation is required. However, since it is something disliked it is best to seek Allah’s forgiveness for doing so. For example, wearing an outer garment that has full sleeves by simply placing it over ones shoulder without putting one’s arms through the sleeves. This would be considered wearing in a manner that is not considered normal.

[Shaykhzada, Majma` al-Anhur; ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]


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