FAQ - Hajj & `Umrah


HAJJ and `Umrah

  1. When does Hajj become obligatory upon me?
  2. Is there anything I need to do before embarking on Hajj?
  3. How long does it take to perform `Umrah and Hajj?
  4. How do I perform `Umrah and Hajj?
  5. Issues related to Ihraam
  6. Issues related to tawaaf
  7. Issues related to the Days/Rituals of Hajj
  8. General Hajj-related Issues
  9. Additional Tips

 

General Issues

  1. Is there official website of the Hajj Ministry in KSA that I can refer to?
  2. Can I make Hajj if I have outstanding loans/debt?
  3. Which of these are better for the woman: Praying in Masjidul-Haram or praying in her hotel room?
  4. Is a woman permitted to take (pills/medication) to prevent/delay (the arrival of) her menses so she can perform the Hajj or ‘Umrah?
  5. If a young child performs Hajj will it count as the obligatory Hajj?
  6. What are the etiquettes of visiting the grave of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam)?
  7. Is it permissible to do optional (nawafil) tawaafs? (i.e. not the entire umrah, just tawaafs).

 



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Hajj and `Umrah


1.   When does Hajj become obligatory upon me? 

Please refer to: When is Hajj obligatory upon an individual?

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2.  Is there anything I need to do before embarking on Hajj?  

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.

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3.   How long does it take to perform `Umrah and Hajj? 

Generally, `Umrah can be performed in a few hours while completing the rites of Hajj normally takes 5 to 6 days.

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4.  How do I perform `Umrah and Hajj? 

Please refer to the PDF document: A Guide to Hajj, Umrah and Visiting the Prophet's Masjid

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5.  Issues related to Ihraam
 6.  Issues related to tawaaf

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7. Issues related to the Days/Rituals of Hajj

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8.  General Hajj-related Issues

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9.  Additional Tips

  • 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.

General Issues

1.  Is there official website of the Hajj Ministry in KSA that I can refer to?

2. Can I make Hajj if I have outstanding loans/debt?

Please refer to: Validity of Hajj by an indebted person

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3.  Is it better for the woman to pray in Masjidul-Haram or her hotel room?

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]

4.  Is a woman permitted to take (pills/medication) to prevent/delay (the arrival of) her menses so she can perform the Hajj or ‘Umrah?

Please refer to: The ruling on using tablets that prevent menstruation

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5. If a young child performs Hajj will it count as the obligatory Hajj?

Please refer to: The ruling on Hajj of minors; does it exempt them from the obligatory Hajj?

6. What are the etiquettes of visiting the grave of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam)?

Please refer to: Rulings and etiquette of visiting the Prophet (sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam)

7.  Is it permissible to do optional (nawafil) tawaafs? (i.e. not the entire umrah, just tawaafs).

Please refer to: Ruling on praying the two Rak`ahs of Tawaf after making voluntary Tawaf

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