Query regarding menstruating woman unable to perform ʿUmrah due to limited stay in Saudi Arabia
I have read on your website on the following link https://nawadir.org/2016/05/30/menstruating-woman-unable-to-perform-umrah-due-to-limited-stay-in-saudi-arabia/ in which you state that a menstruating woman cannot exit her Iḥrām until she performs her ʿUmrah. My question is when ʿĀʾishah (may Allah be pleased with her) was unable to perform ʿUmrah due to menstruation, the Prophet ﷺ instructed her to leave her ʿUmrah and exit Iḥrām. This suggests that it is possible to exit the state of Iḥrām without performing ʿUmrah.
Menstruating woman unable to perform ʿUmrah due to limited stay in Saudi Arabia
I have read on the following link https://nawadir.org/2016/03/30/travelling-for-umrah-whilst-menstruating/ that a menstruating woman should enter into Iḥrām at Mīqāt and proceed to Makkah and perform her ʿUmrah after her menstruation finishes. However, I have a specific scenario which is quite common. If a woman plans to stay in Makkah for five days but her period will start two days before she arrives and her normal cycle is ten days, what should she do? Should she take the pill bearing in mind that the bleeding may not stop fully? What if she has no choice but to return from Makkah before her menstruation finishes?
Travelling for ʿUmrah whilst menstruating
A sister is going for ʿUmrah tomorrow. Everything is booked but her menstruation has started. What does she do at Mīqāt? Does she wear her Iḥrām or not?
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Is travelling without Maḥram permissible according to Imām Shāfiʿī
Is it true that according to the Shāfiʿī school of thought, it is permissible for a woman to travel without her husband or a Maḥram so long as she travels with a group of women and it is safe to do so?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
It is not permissible for a woman to travel a distance of three days without her husband or a Maḥram (unmarriageable kin) (Badāʾiʿ al-Ṣanāʾiʿ, 3: 208). The Prophet ﷺ said, “It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allah and the final day to travel a distance of three nights without a Maḥram [or a husband]” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, 1338). According to jurists, the distance of three days travel is 48 Sharʿī miles, which is equivalent to 54.5 English miles (Aḥsan al-Fatāwā, 4: 94). Thus, it is not permissible for a woman to travel more than this distance unless she is accompanied by her husband or a Maḥram. This applies to any form of travel including the journey for obligatory Ḥajj (Tabyīn al-Ḥaqāʾiq, 2: 5).
Allah knows best
24 Jumādā al-Thāniyah 1427 / 20 July 2006
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