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Shaving the Hair in Second ‘Umrah of the Same Trip

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org

Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt


My question is related to my second Umrah which I performed in Makkah 2 years ago where I had used a number zero machine blade to remove hair even though hair were very less as I had done first umrah 2-3 days earlier and removed all hair using same machine.

‌One of my friend had told me that we can use it even if you have little hair. So I did same for 2nd umrah. After that I had checked online which mentioned that if one is Ḥanafī then 1/3 length is mandatory and cut is not allowed. In other fiqh it may be fine but the shave is preferred.

‌I was very depressed and angry with myself but did not have knowledge on what to do as I had already removed my Irām sheets.

‌I checked with many people and they said no issue because the Qur’ān verse says either you shave or cut. The length is unspecified however shaving is better. They suggested I do an ‘Umrah and shave before Ḥajj. I did an ‘Umrah again after a week and shaved before Ḥajj.

‌Can I take other fiqh opinion (as in their case, length is not mandatory for trim) or should I pay dumm whenever I get the chance to. If yes, then how many dumms? Is one dumm okay?

‌I am getting thoughts about this mistake and depressed.


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

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

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for contacting Mathabah Institute.

If a male has very little hair on their head, upon completing the actions of irām, awāf and sa’īe, he must shave his hair (wujūban) to get out of the sacred state of iram to conclude the ‘Umrah, according to the Ḥanafī school. In your described situation, you remained in irām of ‘Umrah until you shaved prior to your Ḥajj. Since you most likely engaged in doing actions contrary to irām requirements prior to the final shave [such as wearing stitched clothing], a dumm (animal sacrifice) is mandatory. – (See: Rad Al-Muḥtār, Vol 2, Page 516[1]  and 547[2] Dār Al-Fikr, Badā’i Al-Ṣanāi’, Vol 2, Page 140, Dār Al-Kutub Al-‘Ilmīyyah[3])

“With your heads shaved and [hair] shortened.” – (Qurʿān 48:27)[4]

“Mughīrah reported from Ibrāhīm that the pilgrim should trim at least the quantity of a fingertip (an inch).” – (Muṣannaf Ibn Abī Shaybah 12917)[5]

‘Abd Allāh ibn ‘Abbās (may Allāh be pleased with him) said, “If someone forgets anything of the pilgrimage rituals or omits them intentionally, they must slaughter an animal.” – (Mu’attā Mālik 946)[6]

Only Allāh knows best.


[1] ثُمَّ قَصَّرَبِأَنْ يَأْخُذَ مِنْ كُلِّ شَعْرِهِ قَدْرَ الْأُنْمُلَةِ وُجُوبًا وَتَقْصِيرُ الْكُلِّ مَنْدُوبٌ وَالرُّبُعُ وَاجِبٌ وَيَجِبُ إجْرَاءُ الْمُوسَى عَلَى الْأَقْرَعِ وَذِي قُرُوحٍ إنْ أَمْكَنَ وَإِلَّا سَقَطَ وَمَتَى تَعَذَّرَ أَحَدُهُمَا لِعَارِضٍ تَعَيَّنَ الْآخَرُ فَلَوْ لَبَّدَهُ بِصَمْغٍ بِحَيْثُ تَعَذَّرَ التَّقْصِيرُ تَعَيَّنَ الْحَلْقُ بَحْرٌ وَحَلْقُهُ لِكُلٍّ أَفْضَلُ وَلَوْ أَزَالَهُ بِنَحْوِ نَوْرَةٍ جَازَ – كتاب الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين رد المحتار ج٢/ ص ٥١٦ دار الفكر

[2] فَلَوْ لَبِسَ مِنْ نِصْفِ النَّهَارِ إلَى نِصْفِ اللَّيْلِ مِنْ غَيْرِ انْفِصَالٍ أَوْ بِالْعَكْسِ لَزِمَهُ دَمٌ – كتاب الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين رد المحتار ج٢/ ص ٥٤٧ دار الفكر

[3] فَالْحَلْقُ أَوْ التَّقْصِيرُ وَاجِبٌ عِنْدَنَا إذَا كَانَ عَلَى رَأْسه شَعْرٌ لَا يَتَحَلَّلُ بِدُونِهِ وَعِنْدَ الشَّافِعِيِّ لَيْسَ بِوَاجِبٍ – كتاب بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع ج٢/ ص ١٤٠ دار الكتب العلمية

[4] لَتَدْخُلُنَّ الْمَسْجِدَ الْحَرَامَ إِن شَاءَ اللَّهُ آمِنِينَ مُحَلِّقِينَ رُءُوسَكُمْ وَمُقَصِّرِينَ – سورة الفتح ٢٧

[5] اخرجه مصنف ابن أبي شيبة ١٢٩١٧ مكتبة الرشد – عَنْ مُغِيرَةَ عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ قَالَ تُقَصِّرُ مِنْ شَعْرِ قَدْرَ أُنْمُلَةٍ

[6] عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ مَنْ نَسِيَ مِنْ نُسُكِهِ شَيْئًا أَوْ تَرَكَهُ فَلْيُهْرِقْ دَمًا – اخرجه مالك في المؤطأ ٩٤٦

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