FAQ - Hajj & `Umrah
- When does Hajj become obligatory upon me?
- Is there anything I need to do before embarking on Hajj?
- How long does it take to perform `Umrah and Hajj?
- How do I perform `Umrah and Hajj?
- Issues related to Ihraam
- Issues related to tawaaf
- Issues related to the Days/Rituals of Hajj
- General Hajj-related Issues
- Additional Tips
- Is there official website of the Hajj Ministry in KSA that I can refer to?
- Can I make Hajj if I have outstanding loans/debt?
- Which of these are better for the woman: Praying in Masjidul-Haram or praying in her hotel room?
- Is a woman permitted to take (pills/medication) to prevent/delay (the arrival of) her menses so she can perform the Hajj or ‘Umrah?
- If a young child performs Hajj will it count as the obligatory Hajj?
- What are the etiquettes of visiting the grave of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam)?
- Is it permissible to do optional (nawafil) tawaafs? (i.e. not the entire umrah, just tawaafs).
Hajj and `Umrah
Please refer to: When is Hajj obligatory upon an individual?
Before embarking on this sacred journey it is very important that you prepare adequately for the act of `ibaadah you are about to perform. Some of the things you should strive to do are: purify your intention, make sincere tawbah and attempt to make amends with those you have wronged and become familiar with the rites of `Umrah and Hajj. To assist with you with properly preparing for your `Umrah ahd Hajj, we recommend that you read the following articles carefully as they are filled with golden advice from the scholars of our time - those who are the inheritors of the Prophets.
Generally, `Umrah can be performed in a few hours while completing the rites of Hajj normally takes 5 to 6 days.
Please refer to the PDF document: A Guide to Hajj, Umrah and Visiting the Prophet's MasjidIssues related to Ihraam
- What is ihraam and how do I enter it?
- Where is the meeqaat when traveling by plane from US and how do I enter into Ihraam?
- What happens if I forgot to enter into Ihraam at the meeqaat?
- Is there a special du’aa or salaah for entering into ihram?
- Should the intention for entering into ihram be pronounced?
- Can a man wear a belt with stitching whilst in ihraam?
- Is it allowed to cover the face with a dust mask whilst in Ihraam?
- Can I drape part of my khimaar on my face during ihraam?
- Can a man wear shoes if necessary whilst in ihraam? Must they be cut?
- Can we have a bath and change clothes whilst in Ihraam?
- Can I use soap whilst in ihraam?
- Can I comb my hair whilst in ihraam?
- Is smoking allowed whilst in Ihraam?
- Other Issues related to ihraam
- Must 2 rakaat be performed on completion of every type of tawaaf?
- May the 2 rakaat after tawaaf be performed elsewhere in the Haram if it is crowded in the area of the Maqaam Ibraheem?
- What happens if I forget how many circuits I have completed during tawaaf?
- Can someone make tawaaf (outside of `Umrah and Hajj)?
- Is it better to make extra tawaaf or nawaafil salaah in the Haram in Makkah?
- What happens if I am unable to perform the farewell tawaaf?
- Other Issues related to tawaaf
- Is it allowed to stone Jamarah before Dhuhr time?
- Must the pebbles hit the pillar when stoning at the Jamaraat?
- At the Jamaraat, is it permissible to pick up stones which may have already been thrown if some of mine did not land in the designated area?
- What happens if all 7 pebbles are thrown at once?
- If one is still on Arafah and the time for Ishaa’ is about to expire what should he do – pray there or wait to arrive at Muzdalifah?
- I am unable to complete the rites of Hajj must I repeat the Hajj?
- Must I memorize the supplications or may I read them from a book/paper?
- Are there recommended du’aa to say at different times when performing hajj/`Umrah?
- Do acts of disobedience diminish the reward of the Hajj?
- Collect a few extra pebbles for stoning at the Jamaraat.
- Do not wait to perform wudhoo just before salaah – the lines will be very long.
- Always have drinking water as you may become dehydrated.
- Use your time wisely – do dhikr, du’aa, recite Qur’aan etc.
- Wear comfortable, ‘broken-in’ footwear.
- Be very careful to stay within the specific boundaries during the days of Hajj, especially `Arafah - overstepping them may affect the correctness of your Hajj.
- Rest the night of Muzdalifah because following day will be busy.
- Observe landmarks when going out so you can find your way back.
- Don’t go out alone on the days of Hajj as it is very easy to get lost.
Please refer to: Validity of Hajj by an indebted person
In seasons such as Hajj and Ramadhaan, without doubt it is better for her to stay and pray in her hotel room.
[Shaykh Wasiullaah al-Abbas and Shaykh Abdullaah Al-Bukhaaree hafidhahumallaah]
Please refer to: The ruling on using tablets that prevent menstruation