‘Umrah after ‘Umrah, what if he had no hair to shave?
Fatwa No: 121025

  • Fatwa Date:16-1-2014 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 15, 1435
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I will perform ‘Umrah and I want to shave my hair totally. If I wanted to perform another ‘Umrah, I may not have any hair to shave. Is this permissible? If this is not permissible, what should I do? I want to confirm shaving because I may not be able to perform another ‘Umrah.


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

If you intended to perform two ‘Umrahs, you can shorten your hair during the first ‘Umrah so that there would remain some hair to shorten or shave during the next ‘Umrah. This is because the obligation is fulfilled by shortening despite the fact that shaving the hair is better. The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: "‘O Allaah! Have mercy upon those who shave their hair.’ They (the Companions) said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah! And those who shorten their hair?’ The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said in the third time, ‘And those who shorten their hair.’" [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

If you shaved your hair, you should wait until your hair grows then perform the second ‘Umrah. If you performed ‘Umrah before your hair grows, this would be permissible.

Ibn Qudaamah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Al-Mughni, "‘Ali, May Allaah Be Pleased with him, said that it is permissible to perform ‘Umrah once a month." Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him used to perform ‘Umrah whenever his hair grew enough to be shaved. This was narrated by Ash-Shaafi‘i  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him in his Musnad. ‘Ikrimah said that one can perform ‘Umrah if he had hair that could be shaved by the razor. ‘Ataa’ said that one may perform ‘Umrah twice every month if he wanted. Ahmad  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, "If a man performed ‘Umrah, he should shave or shorten his hair and the hair can be shaved every ten days."

Allaah Knows best.

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