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|As-salamu `alaykum. If a women started menstruation during `Umrah and cannot stay in Makkah since she has to leave from there because of visa expiration. She did not perform tawaf or other `Umrah essentials. Then what does she have to do when she reaches home? Please, guide.|
Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Dear brother, we really thank you for your question and your strong desire to be more knowledgeable of Islam and its rulings regarding `Umrah.
Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,
`Umrah is not fard (obligatory worship) on her in this case. So, she does not need to worry about it. She can still gain similar rewards by doing other virtuous deeds that she can afford to. As the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told his beloved wife, `Aishah, "Menses is something that Allah has decreed on the daughters of Adam."
And, as Imam Shah Waliullah said, “Islam always provides alternatives for those who are not able to do a particular act of virtue because of reasons beyond their control, and thus through them, they can be blessed with the same rewards.”
In the case of Hajj, however, she can do the tawaf while menstruating-if she is left with no other choice.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Excerpted with slight editorial modification from, askthescholar.com