Question 18: I used to tell those who were performing ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) that they have to perform Tawaaf-ul-Wadaa‘ (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah on leaving Makkah) when leaving the Sacred City (Makkah) but I heard that there is no Tawaaf-ul-Wadaa‘ for ‘Umrah. I hope you can give me a detailed explanation about this issue.
Answer: Performing Tawaaf-ul-Wadaa‘ is obligatory upon whoever makes a pilgrimage to Allaah’s Sacred House when they want to leave. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them) said: “The people were commanded that the last thing they should do is to circumambulate the House, but an exception was made for menstruating women.” (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) He also said: The people used to return from every path, so the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: ‘None among you should depart until the last thing they do is to circumambulate the House.’ (Related by Ahmad and Muslim) Based on the context, this is a command to the pilgrims performing Hajj, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said it at the end of Hajj, directing the pilgrims performing Hajj… read more here.
Question 17: A woman began menstruating while performing the rites of Hajj on the day of stoning the largest Jamarah (Jamraat-ul-‘Aqabah: the closest stone pillar to Makkah). What is the ruling on her performing Tawaaf-ul-Ifaadah (final obligatory circumambulation around the Ka‘bah in Hajj) and Tawaaf-ul-Wadaa‘ (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah on leaving Makkah)?
Answer: After stoning Jamraat-ul-‘Aqabah and trimming her hair, everything is permissible for her except having conjugal relations with her husband. However, she is still obliged to perform Tawaaf around the Ka‘bah (Tawaaf-ul-Ifaadah) that can only be performed in a state of Tahaarah (ritual purity). Accordingly, if Allaah wills that she becomes pure before leaving Makkah, then she can perform Tawaaf-ul-Ifaadah. If this is beyond her ability, and she must leave for her country, she may return again then perform it. However, her husband must not approach her until she performs Tawaaf-ul-Ifaadah. On the other hand, if she performed Tawaaf-ul-Ifaadah and then menstruated before performing Tawaaf-ul-Wadaa‘, then she is exempted from performing it, because Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) stated… read more here.