Q. Can a person perform the Tawaaf of Umrah after Fajr and Asr? If so, can a person perform the two Raka’ats of Tawaaf after Fajr and Asr? If not? Can a person continue with the Saee’ after Fajr and Asr without performing the two Raka’ats after Tawaaf?
A. It is permissible to perform the Tawaaf of Umrah after Fajr and Asr. However, it is Makrooh (disliked) to perform the two Rakaats of Tawaaf after Fajr and Asr as Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam prevented us from doing so.
Sayyiduna Ibn Abbaas Radiyallahu Anhu narrates that a group of reliable people testified before me, and amongst them was Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu), and He was the most reliable in my eyes, reported that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam forbade praying (Nafl, Sunnats etc.) after the Fajr prayer till the sun rises and after the ‘Asr prayer till the sun sets. (Bukhari)
Therefore, if a person performs the Tawaaf of Umrah after Fajr and Asr, the two Rakaats of Tawaaf should be postponed until after sunrise and after the Fardh of Maghrib Salaah respectively. (Shaami 2/499)
A person may perform multiple Tawaafs in this time and postpone the two Rakaats of Tawaaf for each Tawaaf performed until after sunrise or after the Fardh of Maghrib Salaah respectively. One may also perform the Saee’ of Tawaaf as well in this time. (Fataawa Mahmoodiyyah 10/350)
Note: If the two Rakaats of Tawaaf are performed after Fajr and Asr, it would be valid but it should be repeated.
Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa