A Muslim must enter the sacred state of Ihram in order to perform either the major pilgrimage (Hajj) or the minor pilgrimage (Umrah). Before crossing the pilgrimage boundary, known as Miqat, a pilgrim must enter this state by performing the cleansing rituals and wearing the required attire. During the holy state of Ihram, many things become forbidden for pilgrims, such as covering their faces, smoking, and hunting. Pilgrims cannot wear stitched clothes during the state of Ihram because it is not allowed in Islam. In this context, there is a complex question in the mind of every pilgrim, “Can you wear a money belt in Ihram?” To know to answer this complex question, read this topic completely till the end.
According to Sharia, it is allowed to wear a belt over the Izar (waist wrapper or lower part of the Ihram) for the purpose of holding the Izar or keeping money and other needs. Even if is stitched, there is nothing wrong with this.
What is an Ihram belt?
During the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, male pilgrims wear a belt, known as an Ihram belt. It keeps the Ihram clothing in place and prevents them from falling off. Some belts have a pouch attached to them that can be used to store goods like cash, passports, and other small objects.
Is it allowed to wear an Ihram belt?
Yes, male pilgrims are permitted to wear a belt in the state of Ihram. However, it is important to note that belts should not be made of anything that is considered opulent or extravagant.
Wearing a stitched Money belt during Ihram
It is first important to note that Allah Almighty has commanded us not to wear sewed clothing and not to cover our heads in order to demonstrate complete humility and submission to Him. Another significant aspect of it is that it makes the person like a newborn wrapped in a piece of cloth. This is actually an indication that you are in dire need of Allah’s help and guidance in every matter.
Moreover, by wearing these two pieces, a pilgrim is reminded of the condition of the people on the Day of Judgment, when everyone will stand naked and barefooted to be accounted to Allah and given either punishment or reward.
Now that we have a better understanding of the wisdom behind this, we should be aware that the clothing that is prohibited to wear while in the state of Ihram is not made of stitched materials, but rather clothing that is designed to fit the limbs and is typically worn by people when they are in a normal state, such as shirts, pants, and T-shirts.
To hold the Izar (lower part of Ihram) or to store money and other necessities, a belt may be worn over the Izar. Even if it is stitched, there is nothing wrong with this. This is due to the fact that stitched clothing that is frequently worn outside the Ihram is prohibited.
Steps for holding Izar (lower part of Ihram)
A step-by-step guide for fastening the Izar is below:
- Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart, ensuring you have enough space to walk freely once it’s tied. Maintain this position until the bottom part of the Ihram is secure.
- Proceed to wrap the top part around the waist. You may be able to wrap the garment around your waist more than once, depending on its length.
- Once the Ihram is wrapped around your waist, start folding and tucking in small sections, about 10 cm apart. This should ensure the Ihram is held securely.
- Your full Awrah should be covered by the Izar. Your navel to your knees, or any other part of your body, should not be visible.
For performing Hajj and Umrah, a pilgrim must enter the sacred state of Ihram. During this state, many things become forbidden for pilgrims, such as wearing stitched clothes. But, In the case of wearing a money belt, it is permissible, even if it is stitched. Because money belts are not fallen into the category of stitched clothes during the state of Ihram.