Can I wash my Ihram clothes?

Can I wash my Ihram clothes?
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There are specific rituals that must be followed for a Muslim man or woman to perform Hajj or Umrah successfully. One of these rituals is to enter into the state of Ihram. But often, when pilgrims perform rituals of Hajj or Umrah, their Ihram dress gets dirty. Here is the description to remove the dirtiness that is Can I wash my Ihram clothes? This article will help you find the correct answer.  

Ihram is a sacred state in which a pilgrim has to enter to perform Hajj or Umrah. Ihram is a white dress manufactured specifically for males. It comes in a variety of materials, but quality and climate both affect the cost. Additionally, women do not need a special dress for Ihram because their entire veil or abaya counts as Ihram. 

Without wearing this dress, Umrah cannot be completed, and it will be invalid before Allah (SWT). To perform other rituals or acts of Umrah, one must be in the state of Ihram. 

Washing Ihram clothes is allowed or not?

When you enter the state of Ihram, certain rulings of this state apply to you. One of the main and first rituals of Hajj and Umrah is entering the state of Ihram. One cannot perform Hajj and Umrah without Ihram.  

There is no doubt about it, you can wash your Ihram clothes if you see dirt on them. The dirt here does not mean filth. Most Muslims do not need additional clothing for Umrah as it is performed at Masjid al-Haram. But if one of you intends to perform a second or third Umrah on behalf of the deceased or the sick, then it is best to arrange an additional Ihram for Umrah.

Pilgrims must make extra Ihram as part of their travel luggage for Hajj whether male or female. Because this journey is tiring. The dust of the plains of Muzdalifah and Arafat turns the white colour of the Ihram into grey. So if you forget extra Ihram, use unscented soap or surf to wash Ihram.

You can easily wash your Ihram dress with washing powder or detergent. These products are used to clean dirtiness and make clothes pure. This will not be counted in the perfumed products.

Before embarking on the holy pilgrimage, detailed instructions should be obtained from the travel agent who booked your Hajj packages or Umrah packages.

Perfumed conditions apply only to scented products like deodorant, body wash, fragrances, and saffron. In the state of Ihram, you cannot smell and use these above-mentioned objects. 

Forbidden actions of Ihram

  • Using perfume or fragrance
  • Wearing sewn/stitched clothes and shoes (for men)
  • Hunting
  • Killing insects
  • Cutting nails and hair
  • Intercourse or sexual activity
  • Wearing makeup
  • Covering face and head
  • Kissing the lady (wife)
  • Applying oil
  • Bleeding from body 

Read also: What is the reward for Umrah?

Ihram for men

Ihram dress for men is made of two pieces of clothes which are called ‘Izar’ and ‘Rida’. They are worn over the shoulders to encircle the lower body and cover the upper body. You cannot wear any stitched or sewn cloth when you enter the state of Ihram. You may put on sandals or shoes, but they should not cover your ankle bones.

Ihram for women

For Ihram, women are free to follow any specific dress guidelines. However, their whole dress should be according to Islamic tradition. Women can also wear socks during Hajj and Umrah, but they will uncover their hands and faces. Women can wear an Abaya as it will cover the entire body.

Conclusion

A person is allowed to wash his Ihram with washing powder or detergent. But it is not permitted for a person to use perfume or any fragrance in the Ihram dress. Make sure to keep two sets of Ihram with your luggage to avoid the hesitation of washing again. 

If you cannot do that, then you can wash your Ihram easily instead of performing rituals with a dirty one. You can take off your Ihram dress while you are sleeping. Once you have done your Hajj or Umrah package from an authentic and original agency, you should know the basic instructions of your pilgrimage. 

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