Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 5, Hajj and ‘Umrah, Fiqh 5.123A.

Section : Farewell Tawaf.

This is called the Farewell Tawaf because by this a pilgrim bids farewell to Ka’bah, the House of Allah. It is also known as Tawaf As-Sadr (Tawaf Before Departing) because it marks the departing of pilgrims from Makkah. In this there is no jogging (ramal), and it is the last rite performed by a non-resident pilgrim in Makkah before leaving for his home. Malik has reported in Al-Muwatta that ‘Umar said, “The last rite of Hajj is tawaf around the Ka’bah.”

As for residents of Makkah, and the menstruating women (pilgrims), they are not obligated to perform it, nor to pay any atonement for missing it. Both Bukhari and Muslim reported from Ibn ‘Abbas that he said, “A menstruating woman (pilgrim) is permitted to depart (without performing the Farewell Tawaf).” According to another report, he said: “People were ordered to make the tawaf of the Ka’bah their last rite; the menstruating women were, however, excused from it.”

It is also reported by Muslim and Bukhari that Safiyah, the wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him) had her monthly period during Hajj. When the Prophet (peace be upon him) was informed about this, he said, “Is she going to hold us here (till she performs her rites of Hajj)?” He was told that she had already performed all her Hajj rites except the Farewell Tawaf. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There is no harm then, (let us go).”