Mīqāt (Arabic: ميقات‎, meaning 'a stated place') are the principal boundary points of the area within which Muslim pilgrims on the Hajj must be in the state of ihrām (a state of consecration in which certain worldly activities are prohibited). These prohibited activities include clipping the nails, shaving any part of the body, having sexual relations; using perfumes, damaging plants, killing animals, covering one's head (for men) or one's face and hands (for women); getting married; or carrying weapons.