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Going to Jeddah first for a few days

Fatwaa ID: 1927

Assalamu alaykum.

Wanted to ask if we made intention of going jeddah for a few days first
Then umarah What’s the ruling on ihram?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, if an aafaaqi (a person who resides outside of the meeqaat boundaries) intends to perform ‘umrah, it is compulsory upon him to enter the state of ihraam before crossing the meeqaat boundaries. However, an aafaaqi may have multiple intentions when leaving his home country prior to entering the meeqaat boundaries. This can be summed into two:

a. If his primary intention is ‘umrah and his secondary intention something else, like staying in the hill, i.e., between the Haram/Makkah boundaries and the meeqaat boundaries such as in Jeddah, Laith, Jumoom, etc., then he has to enter the state of ihraam before entering the meeqaat.

b. If his primary intention is to stay in the hill area and his secondary intention ‘umrah, then he can enter the state of ihraam from wherever he is in the hill area. He does not have to go all the way to the meeqaat boundary for donning the ihraam.

An example of the above:
If an aafaaqi will be visiting Jeddah, which is part of the hill area, as a primary intent of the journey such as to visit family and relatives that reside there, do business, spend the holidays there, etc., and thereafter he will be going for ‘umrah subsequent to his primary reason, i.e., ‘umrah is a secondary reason for him, then ihraam can be donned from Jeddah itself. If his visiting Jeddah is secondary and ‘umrah his primary, then he will have to go back to the meeqaat boundaries from the hill area and don the ihraam from there before heading for ‘umrah.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

05/06/1445 AH – 11/20/2023 CE | AML1-8548

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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