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.