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Leaving Makkah Before Farewell Tawaf: Any Penalty?

03 August, 2020
Q 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?


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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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 Kabah.

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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.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.