Hajj Ritual

15. Killing Lice and Other Insects Found on the Human Body

#253: A pilgrim who is in the state of ihrām is prohibited from killing a louse found on their body or on their clothes or – as a precaution – even from shaking it off. However, there is no objection to relocating it from one spot to another. If insects or other tiny animals get killed, a penalty in the form of a handful of staple food should be performed as a precautionary measure (ahwaṯ-ul-awlā). To be on the safe side, one should also refrain from killing fleas, bugs and the like unless they harm the pilgrim.