Performing Umrah While Menstruating

The main umrah rites were discussed in Lesson 2 and are summarized in this post. Please listen to Lesson 2 FIRST in order to understand what these rites entail inshaAllah.

While in a state of menstruation, some of the umrah rites cannot be performed. Therefore the umrah cannot be completed until a woman’s menstrual bleeding finishes and she takes a ghusl.

The following passages summarize which umrah rites a menstruating woman can and cannot perform.

Ihram

In the Hanafi madhhab, a menstruating woman who lives outside the miqāt is obliged to enter into a state of iḥrām for umrah/hajj before passing the miqāt if she is intending to visit Makkah.

She can:

  • Perform any of the sunna/recommended acts for preparing the body for iḥrām
  • Take the ghusl for cleanliness, which is sunna before entering into iḥrām
  • Enter into a state of iḥrām (intention + talbiya in an audible voice)
  • Chant the talbiya as much as she likes
  • Recite all the sunna supplications

She cannot:

  • Pray the two sunna raka’at before entering into iḥrām (nor does she need to make it up later)

Tawaf

A menstruating woman is obliged to wait until her menstruation finishes and she takes a ghusl before performing the ṭawāf.  She will remain in a state of iḥrām until the umrah ṭawāf is offered.

She cannot:

  • Enter the mosque
  • Perform any type of ṭawāf

(Read about the general categories of prohibited acts of worship here.)

Sa’y

The sa’y cannot be performed until after the umrah ṭawāf is completed. A menstruating woman is obliged to wait until her menstruation finishes and she takes a ghusl before performing the umrah ṭawāf.  Moreover, with the new renovations, our teachers say that Safa and Marwa are now included in the mosque, and as a result, menstruating women can no longer enter the place for sa’y.

She cannot:

  • Enter the mosque
  • Perform the sa’y

Trimming the Hair

Trimming the hair before the umrah rites are completed is an iḥrām violation and it will result in a penalty. Furthermore, despite cutting her hair, a menstruating woman will remain in a state of iḥrām until the umrah rites are carried out.

She cannot:

  • Cut/trim her hair until the umrah rites are completed

If her group will leave Makkah before her menstruation finishes, then she must contact a scholar/mufti about what to do in her situation.