My Friend was in the state of Ihraam of Umrah & He forgot and started cutting his nail.

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As-Salâm `Alaykum Wa Rahmahtullahi wa Barakâtuh Shaikh My Friend was in the state of Ihraam of Umrah & He forgot and started cutting his nail , suddenly he remembered and stopped doing that, now what is the Rule for His Mistake. He is in Bahrain Now, is there any Dum(sacrifice) Hope you will Reply in the Light of Quran & Sunnah


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Cutting nails in ehram

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Indeed the intentional clipping of nails or the cutting of hair is forbidden when in the state of ehraam for pilgrimage; but if your friend did it out of forgetfulness and stopped as soon as he remembered it, the opinion of the majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam is that there is no ‘dumm’ or penalty….it is expected that he will find his Lord Forgiving and Merciful.


Amongst the four major schools of thought, only Imam Malik of the Maliki school of thought is of the opinion that in the state of ‘ehraam’ for pilgrimage, regardless of whether one clips their nails intentionally or intentionally, one should give a ‘dumm’ or sacrifice as penalty.


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