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Chapter: Laws of haj

Laws of haj | 2. Haj prohibitions

Haj prohibitions

The following are haraam (prohibited) in ihram
01-Stitched dresses worn by gents.
02-Wearing cap on the head, or turban or covering the head with kerchief.
03-Gents taking loads of cloths on their heads. (Ladies must cover their heads with scarf and taking loads of cloths on their heads is not prohibited).
04-Gents wearing the gloves. (Not prohibited for ladies).
05-Gents would not use socks. Likewise, shoes which conceal the centre bones long with left and right side of the feet. hence, wear open shoes or hawai chappal, sandals etc. however, ladies could wear socks and close shoes.
06-Applying scent on the body, dresses or hair.
07-Eating the natural aromatics such as cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, saffron, jautry, or fastening them in the veil, even though they are cooked and emanating aroma, eating them is not an issue.
08-Laying together with women or kissing with sexual desire or rubbing the body closely.
09-Indecent dialogue or actions and all sorts of sins have always been haraam (prohibited), but now these have become severely haraam, for example, telling lies, back biting, eyeing with bad intention, quarrelling on worldly affairs have also become extremely haraam.
10-Hunting in the jungle, or aiding and abetting in such activities, purchasing, selling or eating the hunted meat or eggs.
11-Cutting nails of self or cutting the nails of others, or getting one’s nails cut by others.
12-Cutting the hair of head or beard, shaving armpits, removing the pubic hair, in short removing hair anywhere from the head to toe.
13-Applying Vasma (red henna) or henna dye.
14-Applying olive oil on the body or hair, with or without the aroma.
15-An ihram wearing person shaving the head of any other person is haraam, even though the person who gets his head shaved wears ihram or he is without ihram.
16-Killing the lice, or combing the lice or asking someone to kill the lice, washing or drying the cloths in order to kill the lice, or applying any shampoo or medicine on the hair, in short causing the eradication of lice in any way is haraam.
(All of this information has been taken from the book of fatawa razavia, volume 10 and bahar-e- shariyat volume 1, part 6, pages 1079 and 1080).

The following are Haraam(prohibited)in Tawaf (Circumambulation)
If the circumambulation is of optional (Nafil), there are seven things which are haraam:
01- Performing circumambulation (Tawaf) without ablution (wudu).

02- Disclosing a fourth part (1/4) of anatomy which is to be hidden. For example disclosing one fourth of the thigh is haraam. In the same way, disclosing one fourth of the ear or wrist of a women is also haraam. Women take a little care of these things. During the time of circumambulation, specially while doing Istilam of the black stone (hajr aswad) leave alone one fourth, the full wrist of women become visible. This is considered haraam. (Apart from circumambulation, other times also, a woman disclosing an ear or wrist to the strangers is haraam).
03- Riding on someone’s shoulder for circumambulation without a proper excuse.
04- Crawling while sitting or crawling on knees without any physical disability.
05- Doing circumambulation clockwise keeping the holy Kaba at the right hand side.
06- While circumambulating, proceeding from within the “Hateem. “
07- Circumambulating for less than seven rounds. (Bahar-e-shariyat, volume 1, Part 6, pages 1112, 1113).

Stopping for supplications while doing Tawaf (circumambulating) is prohibited
08- Honored hajis! If possible, be content with sending blessings and salutations (Reciting darood and salaam), because this is easy and better. However for the ones who wants to supplicate, these have been subjected in to a procedure. But keep in mind that you recite either sending blessings and salutations or supplications, those should be recited while doing Tawaf (circumambulating) only. You cannot stop for supplications during the time of tawaf (circumambulating) (Bahar-e-shariyat).

Troubling any Muslim is Haraam(prohibited)in Sa’ee (Running between) Safa and Marwah
As you approach the first Meyl, gents start running, but in a civilized way, and the riders hasten their vehicles. If there was too much crowd, and you expect it to be lesser, wait for some time. remember not to trouble yourself or anyone else while running, because running here is sunnah, but troubling any muslim is haraam. women may not run, but walk in a normal way. It is neither obligatory (wajib) nor sunnah for them to run. (Fazail and masail haj and ziayarah, page 78).