Q 1: I went from Jeddah for Ifrad Hajj (performing Hajj only) on the eighth of Dhul-Hijjah. I started Tawaf-ul-Qudum (circumambulation around the Ka`bah on arrival in Makkah) and Sa`y (going between Safa and Marwah) but I was compelled to discontinue Tawaf-ul-Qudum because of the crowds and I spent the night in Mina. By midday of the eighth of Dhul-Hijjah and while I was still in Mina, I was struck by severe fever. I felt tired and I was in pain while looking for a shady place and so I intended to discontinue my Hajj and return home to Jeddah. I started my journey to Al-Haram (the Sacred Mosque in Makkah) intending to discontinue Hajj but I did not remove my Ihram (cloth to be worn upon entering ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah). I reached Al-Haram and prayed the `Asr (Afternoon) Prayer of the eighth of Dhul-Hijjah. Afterwards I was relaxed and since I was still in Ihram, I returned to Mina and completed my Hajj. So, what is the ruling on intending to discontinue Hajj then going back to complete it?

A: The intention you made to discontinue Hajj does not affect your Hajj for you had already resumed Hajj. No Fidyah (ransom) is obligatory on you if you made Tawaf-ul-Ifadah (final obligatory circumambulation around the Ka`bah in Hajj) after coming back from `Arafat and completing the rituals of Hajj.

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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