Q: I performed the Islamic obligation of Hajj about three years ago when my family used to live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. i made a mistake while performing Sa`y (going between Safa and Marwah during Hajj). I started with Marwah and ended with Safa though I had to do the opposite. I did not repeat Sa`y again as the people with me did. When I asked someone about the ruling, he said I had to do one more round to complete the seven rounds of Sa`y. I did as he said. What is the ruling on my Hajj? I would like to add that I was about fourteen years old at the time.

A: If the reality is as you mentioned, your Sa`y will be considered as valid because the first round you made starting from Marwah and ending with Safa is disregarded. You are relieved of the obligation of Hajj if upon performing it you had reached the age of puberty; otherwise it will be considered Nafilah (supererogatory) and you still have to perform it whenever you are able to. The age of puberty is known by reaching fifteen years or by the release of spermatic fluid with desire or having pubic hair.

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