Q 4: There are drivers, employees, and clerks who perform Hajj while working for the Scout Society. They spend all their time outside Mina as the headquarters is located in Al-`Aziziyyah on the days of Tashriq (11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul-Hijjah). They also offer their Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims) there, and some of them do not spend the night in Muzdalifah as work conditons may demand this. Is their Hajj valid, I mean in the above mentioned manner which includes gathering their stones from Al-`Aziziyyah. I must inform you that I have yet to perform Hajj although I have been working for the Scout Society for the past four years, fearing that such practices might not be in accordance with the correct rites of Hajj. I really have doubts concerning the validity of performing Hajj in this way, although all the cars used and all tents set up as well as the food are provided by the government.

Furthermore, there are some who perform Hajj with the Scout Society, and use Society owned cars and eat the food it serves. Some of them slaughter their Hady in Al-`Aziziyyah outside Mina, eventhough they are not assigned any work by the Society. Kindly give us your Fatwa in this regard.

A: It is obligatory to stay and spend the night in Muzdalifah on the night before the `Eid, and in Mina on the days of Tashriq. Whoever leaves this without an excuse is sinning. He must slaughter a sheep or offer one-seventh of a camel or a cow in Makkah and distribute it to the poor of Makkah, and he should not eat from it. If he is unable to do this, he must fast ten days. As for gathering the stones from Al-`Aziziyyah or any other place, there is nothing wrong with that. The slaughtering of the sacrificial animal can be done in any part outside the Haram, including Al-`Aziziyyah.

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