Istiftaat > Performing Hajj duties during menstruation
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Q: A woman experienced menstrual blood, when it stopped, she restored Taharah and performed Ihram acts and Al-Umrah Al-Mufradah acts (during the period of purity between the two bloods of one menstrual period). Then, she saw blood after leaving Mecca and going to Medina or to her country, and the blood stopped before the end of the ten days of Haydh? What is the ruling in this case, knowing that it is difficult and embarrassing for her to return? 

A: If both bloods came in the time of her menstruation period having the characteristics of menstrual blood, the interval period of purity is considered menstruation, and thus the Umrah acts are not acceptable since she must be Tahir to perform them and she should authorize another person to perform Tawaf and the Tawaf prayer on her behalf. But, if the first blood of both bloods fall in the time of her menstrual period having the characteristics of menstrual blood, while the second blood did not fall in the time of her menstrual period and did not have the characteristics of menstrual blood, she should consider the period of purity as a period of Taharah and thus her acts are deemed acceptable. 

Q: I performed the duty of Hajj this year and I was in a state of Istihadah. I abided by the ruling of performing Wudu’ twice, the first for Tawaf (circumambulation) and the second for Tawaf prayer. The mistake I committed is that I did not pray the Tawaf prayer in the correct place and I did not pay attention to that until I finished my prayer. I asked the guide about that and he told me that my prayer was not acceptable because it should be performed behind Abraham's shrine. I asked him whether I had to repeat my Wudu’ or not, he told me no because the prayer was not accomplished. Did I have to repeat my Wudu’? What shall I do if the prayer was not accepted? 

A: If you have prayed in a place which is near Abraham's shrine, your prayer is rendered valid. But, in case there was a long period of time between the Wudu’ and the Tawaf prayer, you had had to repeat Wudu’. If we suppose that your Tawaf prayer was not accepted, it is enough for you to repeat it at home if you cannot go back to the place and perform it there.

Q: a: Is it permissible for the woman experiencing Haydh to perform Ihram of Al-Umrah Al-Mufradah in case she knew that she will be obliged to authorize another person to act on her behalf except in Sa’y (a ritual act of Hajj, means walking between Safa and Marwah (two small hills)) and Taqseer (for women: cutting off the nails - a hajj ritual that heralds the end of the state of Ihram)? b: If it is impermissible for her to perform Ihram for the single Umrah, is it permissible for her to enter Mecca without Ihram in which her staying in the Miqat causes her big harm?

A: a: It is permissible for her to do so. b- It is impermissible for her to enter Mecca without Ihram. Therefore, she should perform Ihram and she can authorize another person to perform it on her behalf in case it is impossible to postpone it until restoring Taharah.

Q: A woman wants to go to Mecca without intending to perform Umrah because she will be in the menstruation period during the four days in which she will stay in Mecca. Is it permissible for her not to intend to perform Umrah? What are the required obligations that she should perform in this case? 

A: It is not permissible for her to enter Mecca without performing Ihram. She is obliged to perform Ihram, Sa’y – which constitutes seven laps of brisk walking between the mounts of Safa and Marwah and which is an obligatory part of the Hajj and Umrah rituals – and Taqseer – which is cutting one’s hair, clipping one’s moustache or beard, or cutting off the nails; an act that heralds the end of the state of ihram). She must also authorize another person to perform the two Tawafs (Circumambulation + woman’s circumambulation) and their two prayers on her behalf.