Q 3: One year I intended to perform Qiran Hajj (combining Hajj and `Umrah simultaneously). After travelling a two-kilometer distance by car, I found that other people from my village had intended to perform Ifrad Hajj (performing Hajj only). Therefore, I changed my intention from performing Qiran Hajj to intending to perform Ifrad Hajj. Is there any thing wrong with what I have done? I would like to add that I went to perform `Umrah many times later during the month of Ramadan.

A: there is nothing wrong if before entering into the actual state of Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) you change your intention from offering Qiran Hajj to offering Ifrad Hajj. If however this change of intention took place after entering into the actual state of Ihram for `Umrah and Hajj together, then the rulings of Qiran Hajj will apply, and the rituals of your Umrah will be combined with your Hajj, and you will have to offer Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims) as offered in Tamattu` Hajj (combining Hajj and `Umrah with a break in between).

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'
Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz