A nine-month-pregnant woman may perform Hajj or 'Umrah
Fatwa No: 206683


Hello To All, Please help me with this: What is the Hukem of doing Haj or Umra for a 9th month pregnant woman? Best Regards, Rabab


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.


It is permissible for the pregnant woman to offer Hajj and 'Umrah whether she is in the 9th month or any other month of pregnancy. Indeed, it was proved that Asmaa’ bint ‘Umays  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her went out for Hajj with the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, when she was pregnant and approaching full term, and she gave birth at the Meeqaat as stated in the Hadeeth of Jaabir  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him regarding the description of the Hajj of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam: “…Until he came to Thul Hulayfah, and Asmaa’ bint ‘Umays gave birth to Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr and she sent a message to the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, (asking what she should do). He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said: "Perform Ghusl (ritual bath) and bandage your private parts...

We do not know any disagreement among scholars regarding the permissibility of the Hajj of the pregnant woman; however, if she fears harm for herself or if a trustworthy doctor tells her that going for Hajj may cause harm or pose a risk to her or to her baby because she is sick or weak or a similar reason, then she should not go for Hajj that year for Allaah The Almighty says (what means):

·   {Allaah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity.} [Quran 2:286]

·   {And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allaah is to you ever Merciful.} [Quran 4:29]

This is also indicated by the words of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam: “There should be no harm nor reciprocal harm.” [Ibn Maajah, Ahmad and others]

Allaah Knows best.

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