Q: I am a 26-year-old woman. I got married 13 years ago when I was 13 years old. At that time, I had not yet reached puberty. A year after my marriage, I went with my husband to
Makkah Al-Mukarramah (Makkah, the Honored)
and we performed `Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) while I was menstruating, bearing in mind that I did not perform Salah (Prayer), Sawm (Fast) or read at the time as I was illiterate. I performed Tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah)
seven times with my husband as well as Sa`y (going between Safa and Marwah during Hajj and `Umrah) all that while I had my menses. Now I am confused whether I have to offer Kaffarah (expiation) or Fidyah (ransom) and whether I must repent or not. Am I held guilty for performing Tawaf while I had my menses? Please advise and may Allah reward you.
If, as you mentioned, you
performed `Umrah after reaching puberty and you performed Tawaf and Sa`y while menstruating and you did not offer Salah or (Part No. 10; Page No. 374) Sawm before that, then your `Umrah is absolutely invalid. This is because abandoning Salah is Kufr (disbelief) and no deed is considered valid in such a state. Hence, you must repent to Allah for this grave sin and offer the Five Obligatory Daily Prayers at their due times, fast Ramadan and perform Hajj and `Umrah,
in addition to other deeds prescribed by the Shari`ah (Islamic law) after your repentance.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.