Hajj Ritual

9. Wearing Sewn Clothes

#242: A male pilgrim who is in the state of ihrām is prohibited from wearing any garment with buttons, a sweater or a coat. Similarly, it is forbidden to wear trousers or underpants unless he has no sheet to cover the lower part of the body. However, as an obligatory measure of precaution, the pilgrim should completely refrain from making use of any ordinary clothing, such as: a shirt, a coat, a jacket or a long Arab robe, even if it is not worn in the usual way. However, in case of necessity, one is allowed to place a robe or another garment over one’s shoulders, without actually putting it on. It makes no difference whether these garments are sewn, knitted etc.

There is no objection to attaching a sewn purse or a wallet around the waist or strapping it over one’s shoulder. Wearing a sewn belt to support a fracture or a hernia is also permitted. Covering the whole body except for the head with a blanket whilst lying down and sleeping is permitted.

#243: As a precautionary measure (al-ahwaṯ), the pilgrim should not tie the loose ends of the lower cloth around his neck. Indeed, no knots whatsoever should be tied in the lower sheet, i.e. the two ends of it should not be attached, neither by a knot nor by a pin. As a precaution, the upper sheet should also not be knotted, but there are no objections to fastening it with a pin.

#244: Women are allowed to wear sewn clothes but not gloves.

#245: If a pilgrim who is in the state of ihrām deliberately wears something that is forbidden, the kaffārah to be paid is a sheep.

As a precautionary measure, the penalty should be paid even if the pilgrim acted out of necessity. If they do so repeatedly, the expiation has to be repeated as well.