I want to invite my mother to visit me and perform Hajj, insha’a-Allah (if Allah wills). She will come from Egypt to stay with me in Al-Ta'if a short period before the time of Hajj. May she come wearing her ordinary clothing and when performing Hajj assume Ihram from our house in Al-Ta'if? Or, is it necessary that she wear Ihram while in Egypt and remain in a state of Ihram till the time of Hajj? What is the time for ending the state of the Ihram? Is complete Tahallul after performing Hajj, having performed Tawaf-ul-Ifadah (final obligatory circumambulation around the Ka`bah in Hajj), Sa`y (going between Safa and Marwah) and having one's hair clipped in case one intends Ifrad Hajj (performing Hajj only)? Or, may she not perform Tahallul except after the three Days of Tashriq (11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah) and stoning the pillars? Should she perform `Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in this case, only after the fourth day of Nahr (days when pilgrims slaughter their sacrificial animals)?

A: tahalul (discontiuing of the ceremonial state for Hajj) for both men and women is after stoning Al-`Aqabah and a man's having his hair shaved or cut, bearing in mind that a woman may only clip her hair. Thereafter, everything they were prohibited to do because of the state of Ihram will be lawful except for sexual intercourse. However, complete Tahalul takes place after finishing Tawaf-ul-Ifadah and Sa`y, in case Sa`y is obligatory. In such a case, everything, even sexual intercourse, they were prohibited to do because of the state of Ihram will be lawful.

However, Tahalul (dicontiuing of the ritual state for `Umrah) for both men and women should be after finishing Tawaf (circumambulating the Ka`bah), Sa`y and and a man's having his hair shaved or cut, bearing in mind that a woman may only clip, and may not cut her hair. In such a case, everything they were prohibited to do because of the state of Ihram will be lawful. Furthermore, the ruling for one performing Qiran Hajj (combining Hajj and `Umrah simultaneously) applies to one performing Ifrad Hajj.

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