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Requiring stitches on the head whilst in Ihraam

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Nasihah (Advice): Consideration for fellow Muslims  

Sayyiduna Jaabir Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that a man passed through the Masjid and he was carrying arrows, the (sharp) tips of which were exposed. The man was ordered by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam to hold the iron heads instead so as to not scratch (injure) any Muslim.” (Bukhari)

Question and Answer:

Q. Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wabaraakatuh. If a person had to cut his hair in ihraam due to some excuse for instance he needed some stitches on his head, will Damm become necessary.(Question published as received)

A. In the state of Ihraam, if due to the requirement of stiches on one’s head, one shaves/cuts a quarter or less of the head, then it would be necessary to compensate for it by giving Sadaqah.   However, if more than a quarter of the head is shaved/cut, then a Damm will be necessary. (Hidaayah 1/158)

Damm: refers to slaughtering a sheep, goat etc. within the precincts of the Haram.

Sadaqah: refers to the discharging of the Sadaqatul Fitr amount. The Sadaqatul Fitr amount can be discharged anywhere, although it is better to do so within the precincts of the Haram. (Shaami 2/558)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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