Menstruating Woman Crossing out of the Boundary After Ihram

16th May 2023



السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Question: My wife is travelling with me for Umrah. We are staying in Makkah for 3 days, then Madinah for 7 days and then return back to Makkah for 6 days. Most likely my wife will be on her periods starting 2 days before arriving at Makkah (in UK) and then her periods will end when we are in Madinah. My question is, must she be in Ihram even though her cycle will start in the UK 2 days before departing or does she get into Ihram when her period ends when we are in Madinah (after we travel from Makkah to Madinah)? If she must enter into Ihram during her cycle in the UK and when she is in Madinah and periods finish, does she have to get back same day to Makkah to perform her Umrah or can she do Umrah as per the original schedule when we come back after 7 days, and during these days must she follow the Ihram rules?



In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Answer: In reference to the aforementioned case scenario, as a general rule anyone who passes the meeqat (boundary) to enter Makkah Mukarramah with the intention of Umrah or Hajj must be in the state of Ihram. Entering Makkah Mukarramah without being in the state of Ihram will necessitate a Dam which is a prescribed penalty of sacrificing a goat or sheep within the Haram vicinity. This rule applies to a menstruating woman also as in she cannot cross the boundary without Ihram and hence must make the intention of Ihram and recite the talbiyah beforehand.  Since she cannot perform her umrah, she must remain in the state of ihram adhering to the rules of Ihram until she becomes clean.  Crossing out of the boundaries however, after entering  into Ihram does not violate the Ihram rules. [1]

Regarding the situation with your wife, she will enter into Ihram in the UK or just before passing the meeqat and remain in the state of Ihram whilst in Makkah Mukarramah for 3 days and in Madinah Munawwarah too. Once she becomes clean in Madinah Munawwarah then she can perform her Umrah according to the schedule as performing it immediately is not compulsory though better to do so. Either way, she must still follow the rules of Ihram until she completes her Umrah.



[Allāh Knows Best]



Written by:  Apa Sajeda          Reviewed by: Mufti Abdul Waheed

Attested by: Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam      

JKN Fatawa Department



[1] Durrul Mukhtār wa hashiyah Ibn Ābideen Shāmi, Kitāb , vol 3 p. 551


 ( وحرم تأخير الإحرام عنها ) كلها ( لمن ) أي لآفاقي ( قصد دخول مكة ) يعني الحرم ( ولو لحاجة ) غير الحج

قوله وحرم إلخ ) فعليه العود إلى ميقات منها وإن لم يكن ميقاته ليحرم منه ، وإلا فعليه دم كما سيأتي بيانه في الجنايات (

Bada’ia al Sanai’a, Vol 2, Pg 164

وكذلك لو أراد بمجاوزة هذه المواقيت دخول مكة لا يجوز له أن يجاوزها إلا محرما، سواء أراد بدخول مكة النسك من الحج أو العمرة أو التجارة أو حاجة أخرى عندنا


Fatawa Mahmoodiya, Kitabul Hajj,  Vol 10, Pg 381-385

 میقات سے بلا احرام گزرنا

کے بعد میقات سے خارج ہونا ۔   جواب ۔ ۔۔ ممنوعات احرام سے بچتا رہے۔۔۔میقات سے خارج ہونا احرام سے منافی نہیں ہے۔