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f:227 -    Question about menses in Saee
Country : KSA,
Name : Amina Rasheed
Question:     We have been told that if the periods of a woman start during the Haj, then she should complete every article except Tawaf.  My question is, what should a woman do if periods start after completion of Tawaf during the Sae?e? Should she complete the Sae?e or stop it and leave the Haram?
Answer:     The rules of ritual purity (Taharah) are not the same for circumambulation and the walk between Safa and Marwah (Sa’ee).  To be free of periods and postpartum blood is Commendable (Mustahab) for Sa’ee, whereas it is Compulsory (Wajib) for the circumambulation.  But it is compulsory for Sa’ee that it should be performed after a circumambulation which was performed in a state of complete ritual purity, i.e. a circumambulation which was performed while the woman was free of periods and/or postpartum blood.

So, if a woman completes her circumambulation in a state of complete ritual purity, then starts the Sa’ee and her periods start during the Sa’ee, then, as complete ritual purity is not compulsory for Sa’ee but is only Commendable, she should complete her Sa’ee.  There is no problem in this, from the view point of the Shariah.  After completing the Sa’ee at Marwah, she should leave the place without entering the Masjid Haraam.  She cannot enter Masjid Haraam in such a state. As mentioned in Manaasik Hajj by Hadhrat Mulla ‘Ali Qari.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]

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