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With Pilgrims Day by Day – Dhul-Hijjah 10

3- Shaving or Cutting Hair

The next step is to shave or cut your hair. A woman is required to gather her hair and cut a small amount from the end of it. In Mina, there are places reserved for barbers near the Jamarat where you can have your hair shaved or cut. Women can cut their hair in their tents by themselves or with the help of other women or mahrams (male relatives).

After throwing the pebbles and shaving or cutting your hair, you are partially absolved of the state of ihram and may change into other clothes. All the restrictions of ihram cease to be in effect with one exception: intimate relations with your spouse. This restriction remains in force until you make Tawaf Al-Ifadah.

4. Tawaf Al-Ifadah

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The last ritual on Dhul-Hijjah 10 is making Tawaf Al-Ifadah. This Tawaf is an indispensable pillar of Hajj. It differs from the Tawaf of Umrah in two things:

1. There is no idtiba` (exposing the right shoulder for men) in it, simply because people in this Tawaf do not wear ihram. They are permitted to wear their ordinary clothes after throwing the pebbles and shaving or cutting their hair.

2. There is no ramal (jogging) in it.

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Otherwise, it is done in the same way Tawaf of Umrah is done.

It is recommended to perform Tawaf Al-Ifadah on Dhul-Hijjah 10, especially if women fear that their period might start before they make Tawaf. Yet it is acceptable to delay it until before leaving Makkah; in this way you do not need to make Tawaf Al-Wada` (Tawaf of leaving or Farewell Tawaf).

If you are performing tamattu` Hajj, you need not to make Sa`i after Tawaf Al-Ifadah according to some scholars. The Sa`i of `Umrah is enough. However, some scholars deem it obligatory to make a second Sa`i.

If you are performing ifrad or qiran hajj and you have already made Sa`i after the Tawaf of arrival, you do not need to make another Sa`i. If you did not make Sa`i after the Tawaf of arrival, you have to make it after Tawaf Al-Ifadah.

5. Leaving to Mina

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After making Tawaf Al-Ifadah (and Sa`i if yapplicable), you are totally absolved from the state of ihram. All the restrictions of ihram, including intimate relations with your spouse, are no longer applicable to you.

You then leave to Mina where you spent the night.

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