Hajj or Umrah while Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful gifts from Allah to a woman. When a woman gets pregnant, Allah gives her a very high stature because of the hardships she faced during that period. During the whole period of her Pregnancy, she gets rewards equal to a person who fasts worships during the night, and fights for Allah with her life and possessions.
When she gives birth, Allah rewards her to limits unknown to anybody due to its greatness. While she is nursing her child, Allah gives her the reward of freeing a slave from the children of Ismā’īl (Alayhis Salam). When that period of breastfeeding is over, one of the great angels of Allah taps her side and says: “Start your deeds afresh, for Allah has forgiven all your minor sins.”[al-Kāfī, vol. 5, pg. 496]
Going for an Umrah or Hajj
Going for an Umrah or Hajj is a dream of every Muslim on earth. There is no stopping a person from doing his or her religious pilgrimage once the call has come. And when Allah does not discriminate between his beings and calls them for visiting his House (Kaaba), then who are we?
But there are different rules about the performance of Hajj and Umrah which every Muslim has to follow. Nowadays going for hajj or umrah with the family has become so easy through Cheap Hajj and Cheap Umrah Packages, depending upon the situation and nature of circumstances. Even if you have a pregnant lady or old parents, religious pilgrimages have become extremely easy and comfortable. But there are specific rules especially for women, as the problems and situations that women altogether face are different from men.
Umrah During Pregnancy or After Childbirth
Hajj is obligatory and Umrah though non-obligatory is yet highly desired by all brothers and sisters. But many times the questions arise:
Can a pregnant woman go to Umrah?
The answer to this question is: A pregnant woman is in a state of purity, she has to pray and fast. So there is no reason whatsoever that a pregnant woman should not perform her Hajj and Umrah. If a woman has not yet done her obligatory Hajj, then pregnancy is not an excuse for her to not do pilgrimages to Makkah and Madina. It is halal and permissible for a woman who is pregnant to perform Umrah Without Any Restriction. But she is advised to avoid places where there is too much of a crowd or pushing and thrusting.
Can a woman who has given Birth To A Childcan also perform Umrah?
A woman who has given Birth To A Childcan can also perform Umrah after taking Ghusl. If she cannot perform Tawaf (circumambulation of Kaaba) and Sa`i (walking between the hills), then she can do so in a wheelchair. Similarly, if she is unable to stone the Jamarat herself during Hajj, she can delegate someone to do so on her behalf and so on to perform her rituals.
It is narrated in the Sunnah that Asma bint Umays (Radi Allahu Anha) wife of Hazrat Abu Bakar (Radi Allahu Anhu), went out for Hajj with Prophet Mohammed (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) when she was pregnant and approaching full term.
She gave birth at the Meeqat. It is further narrated by Bibi Ayesha (Radi Allahu Anha) that she gave birth to a boy, named Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr, at the place of Sharjah (Sharjah refers to Dhul-Hulayfah, i.e., the Meeqat from which the people of Madina enter Ihram). The Prophet Mohammed (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), told Abu Bakr (Radi Allahu Anhu) to tell her to do a ghusl (purification bath) and enter Ihram. (Narrated by Muslim, 1209.)
So what we learn from this hadith is that the ihram of the women who are bleeding after childbirth or who are menstruating is valid. That it is a mustahabb for them to do ghusl before entering Ihram. There is scholarly consensus that it is obligatory, but a majority of scholars say that it is mustahabb. So according to all Maslak, it is halal and virtuous.
All the actions of Hajj on the part of women who are bleeding after childbirth or are menstruating are valid. Apart from Tawaf and the two Rakat namaz to be prayed after tawaf, because the Prophet Mohammed (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Do what the pilgrims do but do not do tawaf.”(Sharh Muslim, 8/133).
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It is recommended for a woman who is pregnant consult her trustworthy doctors before finalizing any plans. If they tell her that going for Hajj/ Umrah will pose a risk to her or her baby. Maybe due to her being sick or weak or some other complications during that period. She should be prevented from performing Hajj/ Umrah that year.
This is indicated by the words of our beloved Prophet Mohammed (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): “There should be no harming nor reciprocating harm.” The baby is Allah’s gift to you and a responsibility to fulfill and if you knowingly cause harm to the baby by going against doctors’ advice then it will be a grave sin. Allah the most Gracious, has put a life in your womb, and he will surely take care of you and your child, Insha Allah.(Narrated by Ibn Majah, 2340; Hasan hadith.)
Cherish this blessing; there are many who crave to be blessed with the opportunity of being a mother. Hence, from what we have read above it is evident that a pregnant woman can go for Hajj 2023 or Package for Umrah provided that this will not endanger her life or the life of the foetus and upon the consultation and advice of a trustworthy professional doctor.
It is strongly recommended that you take your pregnancy health records with you, or at least copies so that doctors can know your history easily in case of any complications. Allah Almighty knows best.
After week 28 of pregnancy for Long-distance travel (longer than 4 hours), the airline may ask for a letter from your doctor confirming your due date (that you aren’t at risk of complications). So get a note from your doctors saying that in their opinion you are ” fit to fly with the above requirements” in case of trouble at the airport.
Being a Muslim who wants to travel with family, many people are worried about Umrah packages. We have multiple tours from 5-star Umrah packages to the economy and low price umrah packages with the best of services and amenities. So that everyone has a chance to visit the house of Allah, in the most comfortable and economical way. We hope your trip is everything you desire it to be, Insha Allah.