How to perform Umrah during periods? This is the typical question that women do not really take into account. And this article is to describe and provide a detailed account of what do do in case of periods during the spiritual journey. One should always plan in advance while booking any Umrah travel. However, many situations arise for women like us.
As a women I also got guidance from different Muslim scholars and will be giving to you different perspectives. Though it does boil down to the same point. Menstruation during umrah is a serious and common factor. This guide will provide you with the answer in reference to Islam and hadith.
All women typically know their menstrual cycle. This could not hold true for a younger girl who has just started her youth and is unaware of the natural form of her body. For the majority of women the cycle is known and the period time clock need to be taken into account when any travel to the holy city is planned.
However, the period cycle is never an exact science and the days can fluctuate. And then that becomes an issue. The first step is to know the cycle and plan accordingly. Best Umrah is done in purity.
Secondly, Islam is a very forgiving religion and will not do harm and respects the love and significance of women. For that, if a woman is already in the city and gets her period, then the neyat or intentions becomes the defining factor. Allah knows the intentions and the women intention need to be clear that this objective of travel was only to beg mercy and refuge with Allah. And Allah is most forgiving.
Can a Menstruating woman perform Umrah?
You CANNOT perform Umrah in the state of period. All Islamic scholars all agree to this. However, some scholars state that should refrain from many activities. Do recite zikhar but keep yourself limited.
On another occasion, Islamic scholars indicate that you can visit the Kaaba and even touch it. Though the performance of Umrah is not a requirement. This is different from Hajj requirement.
Lets get a bit more specific. If a women is passing the meeqaat and has her periods then it is permissible for her to delay the Ihraam and wait till she becomes pure to enter Makkah and perform umrah. Period ending and ghasal is necessary to complete the Umrah.
Having a period does not stop you from doing Nayat or wearing the Ihram. For details, refer to this ultimate Umrah Guide for further details.
Muslim (1210) narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that when Asma’ bint ‘Umays gave birth at Dhu’l-Hulayfah, the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) instructed Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) to tell her to do ghusl and enter ihraam.
As per Islamic Scholars, this hadith indicated that bleeding following childbirth or menstrual cycles are natured and washing themselves after bleeding is mandatory for entering for Ihram and Umrah.
Menses After Umrah
If your menses start right after performing the basic rituals and Umrah is complete,then the thing which you will miss before leaving Makkah will be ‘Tawaf-al-Wida’. There is no problem in that as women having menstrual periods are exempted from ‘Tawaf-al-Wida’.
Hadith 293 in Bukhari
Narrated Al-Qasim: ‘Aisha said, “We set out with the sole intention of performing Hajj and when we reached Sarif, (a place six miles from Mecca) I got my menses. Allah’s Apostle came to me while I was weeping. He said ‘What is the matter with you? Have you got your menses?’ I replied, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is a thing which Allah has ordained for the daughters of Adam. So do what all the pilgrims do with the exception of the Taw-af (Circumambulation) round the Ka’ba.” ‘Aisha added, “Allah’s Apostle sacrificed cows on behalf of his wives.”
Our final recommendation is that you plan your trip accordingly. And add at least ten days so that even if the menstrual cycle begins, you have extra days to wait, clean yourself and then perform Umrah. Ghusal is the key. However, during that time, be patient, and remember Allah.
Allah knows best.