Q 1: Last Ramadan, I performed Ghusl (ritual bath) to assume Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) at the Miqat (site for entering the ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah), but I forgot to perform Wudu’ (ablution) after the Ghusl. I then performed Salah (Prayer) at the Miqat, Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah), and the Zhuhr (Noon) Prayer. When I was in the Haram (the Sacred Sanctuary of Makkah), I remembered that I had not performed Wudu’. I searched for a Mufty (Islamic scholar qualified to issue legal opinions), but I did not find one at that time. One of the soldiers there told me about a man who could give me a Fatwa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar). I went and asked him about the Salah and Tawaf that I performed with that Ghusl but without Wudu’, and he told me that they were valid. Is this true?

And if Ghusl does not suffice instead of Wudu’, what should I do about the Zhuhr Prayer and Tawaf, and is my ‘Umrah valid?

A: The Fatwa that you mentioned is not correct; you are still in Ihram for ‘Umrah; if you have not yet returned to repeat the Tawaf while you are Tahir (ritually pure), you have to do the following:

Go to Makkah as soon as possible as you are still in Ihram, perform Tawaf and Sa‘y (going between Safa and Marwah during Hajj), and then shave or cut your hair. In this way your ‘Umrah will be completed, unless you have had sexual intercourse with your wife after the Tawaf and Sa‘y you mentioned. In this case, your ‘Umrah is not valid and you should perform it again as we mentioned, starting it from the same Miqat where you assumed Ihram previously. You also have to slaughter a sheep or goat in Makkah to be distributed among the poor. This is if you had sexual intercourse with your wife after the Tawaf and Sa‘y you performed, thinking you were ritually pure. You should also make up for the Zhuhr Prayer, perform Tawbah (repentance to Allah) and Istighfar (seek forgiveness from Allah) for your laxity in not consulting the known scholars in Al-Masjid Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque in Makkah).

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz

[Source: Alifta.net]