Q: We know that Al-Juhfah is the prescribed Miqat (site for entering the ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) for the people of Egypt and Morocco, who are located at a position parallel to it. We also know that Al-Juhfah used to be a village by the sea, like Jeddah, and parallel to it. In the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him), he is reported to have supplicated to Allah to move an epidemic fever from Madinah to Al-Juhfah, and that it later disappeared into the sea. Do the people of Morocco and Sudan, who are located opposite to the sea at Sawakin and Port Sudan, have to assume Ihram while they are still at the sea, according to the present time? Or should they assume Ihram from Jeddah according to the past?

A: It is well-known that Al-Juhfah does not extend parallel to Jeddah; rather it is approximately parallel to the city of Rabigh. It is obligatory upon Egyptians and Moroccans to assume Ihram from Rabigh, or from a place where they pass in line with it when they are traveling by plane or by sea. They are not allowed to delay assuming Ihram until they reach Jeddah.

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

[Source: Alifta.net]