Ruling concerning one who entered the ihraam while she was menstruating.

Question: A woman asks: She was excused, that is menstruating, and her family wanted to go to make ‘Umrah and if she lagged behind, there would be no one to stay with her Therefore, she went with them to the ‘Umrah and performed all of the rites of the ‘Umrah, including the tawaaf and the sa’ee, as if she was not menstruating. She did this out of ignorance and out of shyness, not wanting to tell her guardian. You should know that she is illiterate and does not know how to read or write. What must she do?

Response: If she made the ihraam for ‘Umrah, then she must repeat the tawaaf after making ghusl and repeat the act of cutting some of the hair. As for her making the rounds between as-Safaaand al-Marwah, they are proper according to the strongest opinion among the scholars. If she repeats them after the tawaaf, that would be better and safer. She must repent to Allaah for hertawaaf and prayer of two rak’ah‘s while she was menstruating. If she is married, her husband cannot have sexual intercourse with her until she completes her ‘Umrah. If he has already had sexual intercourse with her, then her ‘Umrah has been nullified and she must sacrifice a year old woollen sheep or a two year old goat in Makkah to be distributed to the poor. She must also complete her ‘Umrah as was mentioned previously. She must perform a new ‘Umrah from the same meeqaat that she entered the ihraam from previously, in replacement of her spoiled ‘Umrah. But if she simply performed the ‘Umrah with them out of courtesy and bashfulness and she did not [actually and intentionally] enter the state of ihraam from the meeqaat, then the only thing upon her is to repent to Allaah. This is because Hajj and ‘Umrah are not valid without entering the state of ihraam. And the ihraam is the intention for Hajj or ‘Umrah or both.

We ask Allaah for guidance and safety for all of us from the whisperings of Satan.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz

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