Q 3: I am working here in Saudi Arabia and have made the intention to perform the obligatory duty of Hajj this year. My company sent me to work this year in the sacred precincts. Although my work there does not prevent me from performing all the rituals of Hajj, i will not be able to wear the ihram clothing (worn during the ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah), because the nature and system of my work necessitates that i wear special sewn clothes. What shall I do? Will my Hajj be considered valid if I slaughter a sacrificial animal instead of wearing the required Ihram clothing during the days of Hajj?

A: If the situation is as you mentioned, your Hajj will be valid, and you will not be sinful for wearing clothes other than those required for Ihram, to remove the hardship on you. However, you must pay a Fidyah (ransom) for this, which is to feed six needy people from the Haram (the Sacred Sanctuary of Makkah); sacrifice an animal which meets the conditions of Ud-hiyah (sacrificial animal offered by non-pilgrims) to feed the needy people in Makkah or the rest of the Haram, without eating any of it yourself; or observe Sawm (Fasting) for three days. If you do any of these, it will suffice you. You should also do the same if you cover your head; if you have to do that.

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 Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz