Ihraam: Covering of right arm

Q268 :In Umrah, we forgot to uncover our right shoulder during the sa'ie between As-Safa and Al-Marwah, but we recognized our mistake later on and did what was necessary. Do we need to compensate in any way? What about the compensation for a pilgrim who goes about his sa'ie and tawaf with both his shoulders covered? Also, what about those pilgrims who use safety pins to hold their Ihraam garments on their shoulders?


A268 : It is recommended, not obligatory, to have one's right shoulder uncovered during the first three rounds of only the tawaf of arrival in pilgrimage and the tawaf of Umrah. It is also recommended to do these three rounds jogging, if that is at all possible. This is to follow the Prophet's example in showing strength when fulfilling this task of pilgrimage. At any other time, which includes the other four rounds of the first tawaf in pilgrimage and the tawaf of Umrah, and the sa'ie and any other time, one should have his right shoulder covered. But there is no harm in uncovering it. If one does a mistake either way, there is no compensation to be made, because all this is a matter of recommendation, not obligation. Using the safety pins to hold the Ihraam garment in place is also permissible.


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