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What is the ruling of performing Tawaaf-e-Widaa for a woman in her menses?

Nasihah (Advice): The last act before leaving the Haram


Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Abbas Radhiyallahu Anhuma reports: “The people were commanded (by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) to make their last act (before departing) circumambulation around the House (Tawaaf-e-Widaa), but menstruating women were exempted.” (Sahih Bukhari)



Question and Answer:


  1. What is the ruling of performing Tawaaf-e-Widaa for a South African woman in menses? Does she have to perform it during the days of Hajj? If she delays it after performing Tawaaf-e-Ziyaarah and after the days of Hajj and then she has her menses, will there be a penalty for delaying it and not performing it on time? 


  1. Tawaaf-e-Widaa (farewell Tawaaf) is compulsory (Waajib) upon males and females performing Hajj except for a female who is in the state of menstruation (Haidh). The time to perform Tawaaf-e-Widaa begins after the performance of Tawaaf-e-Ziyaarah until the time of one’s departure.


In the enquired case, if a woman did not perform Tawaaf-e-Widaa immediately after performing Tawaaf-e-Ziyaarah and thereafter her menses commenced before her departure to South Africa, no penalty will be applicable as a women in the state of menses is exempted from performing Tawaaf-e-Widaa.


However, if her menses terminated before her departure to South Africa, then it will be compulsory upon her to perform Tawaaf-e-Widaa before departing. In this case, she will not be exempted from performing Tawaaf-e-Widaa. Failure to do so will result in a penalty (Damm) being applicable. (Al-Mabsoot 4/179-Tabyeenul-Haqaaiq 2/51)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 


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