Ruling on Tawaaf-ul-Wadaa‘ in Hajj

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.

Menstruating on the day of stoning the largest Jamarah

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.