Wearing underwear for necessity during Hajj or 'Umrah

18/10/2009| IslamWeb


When you are wearing Ihram, you are not allowed any sew clothes on your body. I have a problem that after using the wash room I feel like some drops are still there and can drop any time and I don't have any control for them. For that I always use underwear and some tissue paper. Is this allowed for me to wear the underwear during Ihram in the above circumstances? I will be grateful for your kind answer.
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If the situation is as mentioned, then there is no harm on you for wearing underwear during Hajj or 'Umrah.  It might even be that wearing underwear is an obligation during Tawaaf (circumambulation around the Ka'bah) and when doing Sa'i from As-Safaa to Al-Marwah as a means of protecting the place from the possibility of drops of urine falling on the ground.
However, you are obliged to slaughter a sheep for wearing something which is forbidden to wear in principle.  An-Nawawi, may Allah have mercy on him, said: 'If a person in a state of Ihraam (either for Hajj or 'Umrah) needs to cover his head, or wear any limb-fitting clothes for a sound reason like heat, cold or treatment, then it is permissible for him to cover but he is obliged to slaughter a sheep." Allah Says (what means): {.... And whoever among you is ill or has an ailment of the head [making shaving necessary must offer] a ransom of fasting [three days] or charity or sacrifice.}[Quran 2:196].  The ransom as stated in the verse is either to observe fasting, or give charity or offer a sacrifice.  The Prophetic Sunnah interpreted this by fasting three days, or feeding six poor persons, or slaughtering one sheep.  Imaams Al-Bukhari and Muslim, may Allah have mercy on them, reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) told Ka'b Ibn 'Ajrah, may Allah be pleased with him, who had an ailment in his head: 'Shave your head and fast three days, or feed six poor persons, or offer a sacrifice.' A person may offer any of these three options according to his own choice.
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