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Requirements and Restrictions for Women Going for ʿUmrah

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Answered by Shaykh Omar Subedar


My children (a 12 years boy and an 8 years old girl) and I are planning to go for ʿUmrah next March during the school break in-shā Allāh. My question is that can my 12 year old son be considered my maram (non marriageable relative) as I have separated from my husband?

Also what are the limitations for me when I go for ʿUmrah and happen to get my menses?


بِسْمِ اللَّـهِ الرَّحْمَـٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ

May Allāh accept your intention for going with your family on this sacred journey and make it easy for you. Āmīn.

Your son can serve as your maram provided he is technically mature. A boy becomes mature when he turns 15 or has a wet-dream, impregnates or ejaculates while copulating at any point before the age of 15. (See: Al-Hidāya)

If a woman experiences her menses while visiting the sacred lands she is prohibited from entering the Sacred Masjids. Imam Al Marghīnānī [d.593H] writes, “[A menstruating woman] cannot enter the Masjid. The ruling is similar for a person who is in the state of major ritual impurity (janābah) due to the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) stating,

“I do not permit the Masjid for a menstruating woman and for a person in the state of major ritual impurity.” (Abū Dāwūd)

“[The menstruating woman] cannot perform awāf of the House [of Allāh] because awāf is performed in the Masjid.” (Al-Hidāya)

And Allāh Knows Best

This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.

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