It has been authenticated from the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) that he said: “No one should leave until his last act is at the House (the Ka`bah).”[1] This was recorded by Muslim in his Saheeh from a Hadeeth of Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them).  Both the two Shaykhs (Al-Bukhaari and Muslim) also recorded it from Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them) with him saying: “The people were commanded to make their last act at the House (the Ka`bah), but the matter was lightened for the menstruating woman.”  Indeed the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) performed Tawaaful-Wada’ at the House when he finished his acts during the Farewell Hajj and he wanted to travel.  And he said: “Take your Hajj rites from me”.

 All of these Hadeeths prove the obligation of Tawaaful-Wadaa’ except for the menstruating woman and the woman with postnatal bleeding.  So, whoever leaves it off among the Hajj pilgrims, he must slaughter an animal as he has opposed the Sunnah and left off an obligatory rite.  This is the correct view from the opinions of the scholars.  Indeed it has been authenticated from Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them) that he said: “Whoever leaves off a rite or forgets it, then he must shed blood (i.e. slaughter an animal).”  This is the view of most of the scholars.  In reference to the menstruating woman and the woman with postnatal bleeding, they are not obligated to perform Tawaful-Wada’.  This is due to the mentioned Hadeeth of Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them) and that which has been reported with its same meaning. [Answered by Shaykh Ibn Baaz, Fatawa Islamiyah, Darussalam]



[1] Muslim no. 1327 and Ahmad no. 1/222