Forgetting to perform the rite of shaving the head or shortening one's hair during Hajj or `Umrah
Q 1: My wife and I
performed `Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) and after that I shaved off my hair. Then, we went to
that same night but my wife did not remember that she had not shortened her hair until `Asr (Afternoon) Prayer on the next day when she shortened it. However, we most likely had sexual intercourse
before she shortened her hair. Is there any compensation due from her? Please reply, may Allah reward you with the best!
This woman fulfilled what is obligatory on her as she shortened her hair when she remembered, but it remains that she must slaughter a sheep meeting the same conditions for Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) in
Makkah and distribute it among it poor people. This is because it most likely that sexual intercourse took place before she disengaged from Ihram by shortening the hair. However, the `Umrah is valid.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.