Q: The year before last, i intended to perform Qiran Hajj (combining Hajj and `Umrah simultaneously). When I arrived at the Sacred House of Allah, I performed `Umrah which counts as Tawaf-ul-Qudum (circumambulation around the Ka`bah on arrival in Makkah). The following day, I performed another `Umrah on behalf of my mother who has passed away. Before going to Mina on the Day of Tarwiyah (8th of Dhul-Hijjah), I had spare time and the family with whom I spent my time advised me to do Tahalul (removal of the ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) and I did. When I went to Mina I assumed Ihram again (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) and performed two Rak`ahs in the Masjid (mosque) where I performed `Umrah assuming Ihram for Hajj only. By this, my intention changed to Tamattu` Hajj (combining Hajj and `Umrah with a break in between). Knowing that I offered Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims), is my Hajj correct? Is the `Umrah I performed on my mother's behalf valid or is it impermissible to perform two `Umrahs in one season of Hajj? Since man is not infallible, does any sin the person commit after performing the obligatory Hajj affect their Hajj?

A: First, according to what you have mentioned about your Hajj, you performed Tamattu` Hajj. Doing Tahalul from `Umrah is a proper act. Second, the `Umrah you performed after your `Umrah for yourself and on behalf of your mother is valid as long as you did Tahalul by shaving or cutting your hair after doing Tawaf and Sa`y (going between Safa and Marwah). Third, nothing other than major Kufr (disbelief) can cancel out good deeds. However, a person who mixes good deeds with evil ones will be held accountable for these evil deeds until he performs Tawbah (repentance to Allah) or is forgiven by Allah (Exalted be He).

Riddah (apostasy), may Allah save us, cancels out all good deeds unless the person makes sincere Tawbah. Whoever commits Riddah and dies in that state, his good deeds will be worthless.

Allah (Exalted be He) says,Surah Al-Baqarah, 2: 217 And whosoever of you turns back from his religion and dies as a disbeliever, then his deeds will be lost in this life and in the Hereafter, and they will be the dwellers of the Fire. They will abide therein forever.

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

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