Wed. Nov 30th, 2022
Can I cover my head during Umrah?

As we know that during performing Umrah many things are not allowed for pilgrims in the state of Ihram. Hunting and covering the face are also included in this category. In this case, consider this topic to know more about the question, “Can I cover my head during Umrah?” This article will guide you to find the correct answer to this question.

Umrah, also referred to as the “lesser” or “little” pilgrimage, includes performing several rituals within the boundaries of the Masjid Haram in Makkah. It may be done at any time of the year and contains four essential parts.

It is not permissible for male pilgrims to cover their heads during Umrah. If a person performs this act during Umrah, he should slaughter a goat or a sheep for his expiation and distribute its meat to the poor. However, a man pilgrim can use an umbrella for shade during Umrah. 

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Is it permissible for a pilgrim to cover his head?

Covering the head during Hajj and Umrah is prohibited. This means that it is prohibited during Ihram. Therefore, if a man covers his head during Hajj or Umrah with something that touches his head directly, such as a turban or the like, Fidyah (expiation) is obligatory on him.

As a result, a pilgrim may use an umbrella, a piece of clothing, or anything else to shelter him from the heat of the sun without directly touching his head. If he must wear a hat or turban, he should choose one of the three kinds of ransom: slaughter a sheep, fast for three days, or provide the portion specified earlier for six hungry people.

Allah Almighty says, {And do not shave your heads until the offering reaches its lawful destination. So whoever of you is sick or is hurt in his head, then (make) a ransom by fast or donation, or ritual (sacrifice).}

                      (Al-Baqarah 2:196)

Source link: https://aboutislam.net/counseling/ask-the-scholar/hajj/can-the-pilgrim-cover-his-head/

This verse describes the status of those who shave in the state of Ihram. Nevertheless, Muslim jurists apply it to those who cover their heads, trim their nails, use perfume or wear sewn clothes during Ihram. They agree that expiation is obligatory in these cases.

Therefore, making any of the Ihram restrictions requires expiation. There are three different types of expiation in this case, and the individual who needs to make an atonement has three options: slaughter a sheep, keep a three-day fast or provide for the needs of six others.

He should provide one saa of grain, one saa of dry dates or barley or raisins for every needy person, bearing in mind that one saa is equal to about 2.25 kg.

Also, in this state, the man may give the price mentioned above and distribute it among the poor in the sacred sanctuary if it is convenient for him.

On the other hand, if a pilgrim takes shelter under an umbrella or a piece of cloth, there is no harm or prohibition in that.

Can a bald man cover his head in Ihram to secure himself from the sun’s heat?

If a male pilgrim is bald, he covers his head with a hat or a turban to secure himself from the heat of the sun while in Ihram. He should atone for it by sacrificing a goat and giving it to the poor in Makkah or feeding six poor people in the Haram or giving each half a Saa of dates or some other food, or fasting for three days.

It applies to the Ihram of Hajj. Similarly, if you wear Ihram for Umrah, you have to pay another expiation.

Is it permissible for a pilgrim to cover a cloak at night during cold weather?

The scholars unanimously agreed that while someone is in a state of Ihram during the Hajj, he may cover themselves, but may not cover their head.

If exposing the head due to severe cold at night may cause damage, he may cover it and make Fidyah (i.e. compensation) in one of the following three ways:

  1. Slaughtering a goat in Makkah whose meat is to be distributed among the poor there.
  2.  Fasting for three days.
  3.  As Sadaqah, three saa of food, which is equal to seven kilos, should be given to six needy people in Makkah.

Conclusion

The Umrah is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah, which is the holiest city for Muslims and is situated in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia. We know that during Umrah, many things are not allowed for the Hajj in the state of Ihram.

In this case, it is not permissible for male pilgrims to cover their heads during Umrah. If a person performs this act during Umrah, he should slaughter a goat or a sheep for his expiation and distribute its meat among the poor. However, a male pilgrim may use an umbrella for shade during Umrah.

Note: Most people don’t know if covering the head in hajj Umrah is right. So, when you are booking your Hajj and Umrah Packages, read all guidance about Hajj and Umrah.

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