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Five Rounds in Sa`i: Is `Umrah Valid?

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Aqeel
2012/09/14
As-salamu `alaykum. Few days back I went for `Umrah to Medinah/Makah from Riyadh. As there was very little time so I performed Sa`i hurriedly and completed `Umrah and got my head shaved. When I came back to hotel room after Fajr prayer, I pondered on my `Umrah and came to know I had only made 5 Sa`i turns between Safa and Marwah. I want to know whether it is a big mistake. If yes, what should I do now? Is there any Kaffara, etc.? Please, tell me as I am very worried.
Ahmad Kutty
Answer

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.

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Dear brother, thank you very much for your question. We are really commending your concern about `Umrah to have been performed well and correctly.

You have to perform `Umrah again, as Sa`i is essential in `Umrah. So, if you can go to do `Umrah again, that is the solution. If you are unable to do so, you just need to ask for Allah’s forgiveness.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

In this case, you need to redo your `Umrah. `Uumrah is not complete without Sa`i. There is no need for you to offer sacrifice, if it was done out of ignorance or forgetfulness. You can simply ask forgiveness of Allah. If, therefore, you can go back and perform `Umrah, you should do so.

If you cannot do so, as you have no means, then you need to simply ask forgiveness of Allah, for Allah does not burden us with duties we have no strength to bear.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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