Leaving Makkah Before Farewell Tawaf: Any Penalty?
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Leaving Makkah Before Farewell Tawaf: Any Penalty?

Questioner

Salleh Bin Ngah

Reply Date

Sep 04, 2017

Question

As-salamu `alaykum. Few years ago, I went for `Umrah. While in Makkah, we went to visit a friend in Jeddah (after we completed our `Umrah), but without performing farewell tawaf (tawaf wada`). We went back to Makkah without performing tawaf. After we were about to leave for Madinah, we did the farewell tawaf. Do I have to pay any penalty?

Mufti

Answer


Leaving Makkah Before Farewell Tawaf: Any Penalty?

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.


In this fatwa:

You are not required to pay any ransom as the farewell tawaf is only recommendable in Hajj and `Umrah.


Responding to your question, Dr. `Abdul-Fattah Edris, Professor of Usul Al-Fiqh, at Al-Azhar University, states:

There is nothing wrong in the case of the questioner, as the arrival tawaf (tawaf al-qudum) as well as the farewell tawaf (tawaf al-wada`) are considered Sunnah (recommendable); they represent a greeting to the Ka`bah.

Therefore, if a Muslim forgets or leaves out one of them either in Hajj or `Umrah, he or she does not have to pay any ransom (fidyah), as leaving a sunnah does not necessitate any ransom.

Allah Almighty knows best.




About Dr. `Abdul-Fattah Idrees

Professor of Comparative Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) at Al-Azhar University

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