Tawaf al-Nisa'

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Tawaf al-nisaʾ (طواف النساء) is a tawaf and a two rak'a prayer which is one of the obligatory rites of hajj al-tamattu' and al-'umra al-mufrada. It is only after tawaf al-nisa' that sexual pleasure from one's spouse becomes halal to him/her. Naming of this tawaf to nisa' (women) may suggest that it is only obligatory to men, however, this tawaf is obligatory to both men and women; just as after ihram sexual pleasure of one's spouse becomes forbidden to both genders.

It is not obligatory in al-'umra al-tamattu'. However, on the basis of caution, it is better to perform tawaf al-nisa' followed by its prayer with the hope of reward before taqsir.

If one wore ihram with the intention of al-'umra al-mufrada, after the taqsir or halq they should perform tawaf al-nisa' and its prayer and only after that their spouse will be halal for them.

Ṭawaf al-nisa' and its prayer are obligatory but are not among the fundamental elements of hajj. Therefore, if a person neglects them deliberately, his hajj would not be void. If a person inattentively/deliberately neglects tawaf al-nisa' and returns back to his country, if it is possible without any difficulty, he should return to Mecca and perform it. Otherwise, he should hire a representative. Such a person, is not allowed to have any sexual pleasure from his/her spouse unless tawaf and its prayer are performed by them or by their representative.

The manner and rulings of tawaf al-nisa' and its prayer are similar to those of tawaf and prayer of tawaf.


  • The Rites of Hajj, In Accord with Fatwas of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Hajj and Ziarah Research Center