Q: We are three friends who performed Hajj together while well aware of its pillars and obligations. After throwing the Jamrat Al-`Aqabah (the first set of pebbles on the day of `Eid-ul-Adha) and shaving our heads, we did not perform Tawaf-ul-Ifadah (final obligatory circumambulation around the Ka`bah in Hajj) depending on the information cited in a booklet by the chairman of Makkah Endowment where permission is given to those who perform Hajj to delay the circumambulation to the last day of throwing the pebbles where a person can do one Tawaf for both Tawaf-ul-Ifadah and Tawaf-ul-Wada` (circumambulation around the Ka`bah on leaving Makkah), thus we did so. After return, rumors began to spread that our Hajj is invalid, for we neglected Tawaf-ul-Ifadah where we combined between it and Tawaf-ul-Wada` at the end of Hajj. I hope you explain the ruling on our Hajj? What should we do, if we delayed Tawaf-ul-Ifadah? what is the ruling and exact time of Tawaf-ul-Ifadah? what is the ruling on those who combined it with Tawaf-ul-Wada`?

A: If the reality is as you mentioned that you delay Tawaf-ul-Ifadah to the time before leaving Makkah and you performed Tawaf-ul-Ifadah without Tawaf-ul-Wada`, there is nothing due on you. Tawaf-ul-Ifadah is one of the pillars of Hajj without which, Hajj is not valid. Its time is vast but it is better to hasten to perform it on the Day of `Eid (feast) when it is possible to do so.

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