Q 1: A man and his wife went to perform Hajj. The man intended to perform Tamattu` Hajj (combining Hajj and `Umrah with a break in between) while the woman did not perform Tamattu`. he had sexual intercourse with his wife while she was in the state of Ihram (ritual state for hajj and `Umrah). What is the ruling regarding this?

A: There is no sin if this man has intercourse with his wife in the break between Hajj and `Umrah, meaning, after finishing the rituals of the `Umrah and if he did not yet enter the state of Ihram for Hajj. As for the wife, if the husband has intercourse with her before she performs `Umrah, it will be nullified and she must offer a sacrificial animal. She also has to enter the state of Ihram from the same Miqat (sites for entering the ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) where she began the state of Ihram for the first `Umrah. However, if they had intercourse after she performed Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka`bah) and Sa`y (going between Safa and Marwah) and before shortening her hair, the `Umrah is valid but she has to feed six needy people, slaughter a sheep, or fast for three days.

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