The Hajj

In the forenoon of the eighth day of Dhul-Hijjah, a pilgrim purifies himself once again by bathing as he did before ‘Umrah in the place in which he is staying, if convenient. He puts on his Ihram and says: “Here I am for Hajj. Here I am, oh Allah, here I am. Here I am. You have no partner. Here I am. Surely all praise, grace and dominion is yours, and you have no partners.”

If he fears that something will prevent him from completing his Hajj he should make a condition when he makes his intentions, saying: “If I am prevented by any obstacle my place is wherever I am held up.” If he has no such fear, he doesn’t make this condition.

A pilgrim goes to Mina and there prays Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib, Isha’ and Fajr, shortening his four unit prayers so as to make them two units each, without combining them.

When the sun rises, he goes to Arafah and there prays Dhuhr and Asr combined at the time of Dhuhr, making each one two units. He remains in Namira Mosque until sunset if possible. He remembers Allah and makes as many supplications as possible while facing the Qiblah.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) prayed thus: “There is no Deity but Allah alone. He has no partner. All dominion and praise are His and He is powerful over all things.

If he grows weary it is permissible for him to engage in beneficial conversation with his companions or reading what he can find of beneficial books, especially those concerning Allah’s grace and abundant gifts. This will strengthen his hope in Allah.

He should then return to his supplications and be sure to spend the end of the day deep in supplication because the best of supplication is the supplication of the day of Arafat.

At sunset he goes from Arafah to Muzdalifah and there prays Maghrib, Isha, and Fajr. If he is tired or has little water, it is permissible for him to combine Maghrib and Isha. If he fears that he will not reach Muzdalifah until after midnight, he should pray before he reaches it for it is not permissible to delay prayer until after midnight. He remains there, in Muzdalifah, making supplications and remembering Allah till just before sunrise.

If he is weak and cannot handle the crowd during Ar-Ramy, it is permissible for him to go to Mina at the end of the night to stone the Jamrah before the arrival of the crowd.

Near sunrise, a pilgrim goes from Muzdalifah to Mina. Upon reaching it he does the following:


  • He throws seven consecutive pebbles at Jamrat Al-Aqabah which is the closest monument to Mecca, saying Greatest,” as he: “Allah is the throws each pebble.
  • He slaughters the sacrificial animal, eats some of it, and gives some to the poor. Slaughter is obligatory on the Mutamatti’ and Qarin.
  • He shaves or clips his hair; shaving is preferable. A woman clips her hair the length of a finger tip.

These three should be done in the above order if convenient, but there is no restriction if one precedes another.

With that, one is allowed to come out of Ihram. He can wear other clothing and do everything that was lawful before Ihram except engaging in marital relations.

He goes to Mecca to perform Tawaf Al-lfadah and Sa’i, also for Hajj. It is Sunnah to put perfume on before going to Mecca.

With the completion of this Tawaf and Sa’i, a pilgrim is allowed to do everything that was lawful before Ihram, including engaging in marital relations.

After performing Tawaf and Sa’i, he returns to Mina to spend the nights of the eleventh and twelfth days there.

He stones the three Jamrah in the afternoon of both the eleventh and twelfth days. He starts with the first Jamrah, which is furthest from Mecca, then the middle one, and lastly Jamrat Al-Aqabah. Each one should be stoned with seven consecutive pebbles accompanied by Takbir. He stops after the first and middle Jamrah to make supplications facing the Qiblah. It is not permissible to stone before noon on these two days. It is best to walk to the Jamrah, but riding is permissible.

If he is in a hurry after stoning on the twelfth day, he leaves Mina before sunset. But if he wishes to prolong his stay, which is best, he spends the night of the thirteenth in Mina and stones that afternoon in the same manner as on the twelfth day.

When he is ready to return to his country, he makes Tawaf Al-Wada’, which is seven circuits around the Ka’bah. Menstruating women and women experiencing postnatal discharge are not obligated to perform Tawaf Al-Wada’.

Visiting the Prophet’s Mosque

  •  A pilgrim goes to Medina before or after Hajj with the intention of visiting the Prophet’s mosque and praying in it. Prayer there is better than a thousand prayers elsewhere except in the Holy Mosque in Mecca.
  • Upon reaching the mosque he prays two Rak’ah of salutation or performs any obligatory prayer that is due.
  •  He goes to the grave of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and he stands before it. He greets him saying the “May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you, oh Prophet. May Allah grant you a good reward on behalf of your people.”
  • He takes a step or two to his right to position himself before Abu Bakr and greets him saying: “May the peace, mercy, and blessing of Allah be upon you, oh Abu-Bakr, Caliph of the Messenger of Allah. May Allah be pleased with you and grant you a good reward on behalf of Muhammad’s people.”

Then he takes a step or two to his right to position himself before Umar and greets him saying: “May the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you, oh Umar, Prince of the believers. May Allah be pleased with you and grant you a good reward on behalf of Muhammad’s people.”

  • In a state of purity, he goes to pray in Quba’ Mosque.
  • He goes to Al-Baqi’ to visit Uthman’s grave. He stands before it and greets him saying: “May the peace, mercy and blessing of Allah be upon you,

Oh Uthman Prince of the believers. May Allah be pleased with you and grant you a good reward on behalf of Muhammad’s people.” He greets any other Muslims in Al-Baqi’.

  • He goes to Uhud and visits the grave of Hamzah (RA) and the other martyrs there with him. He greets them and prays to Allah to grant them forgiveness, mercy, and pleasure.


The following is incumbent upon the Muhrim for Hajj or ‘Umrah:

  • That he be committed to Allah’s religious obligations upon him such as prayer in its time (in congregation for men).
  • That he avoids what Allah has prohibited such as obscenity, inequity, and disobedience. if anyone undertakes Hajj therein. Let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling during Hajj. [Noble Quran 2:197]
  • That he avoids harming the Muslims with words or actions within the Masha’ir or elsewhere.
  • That he avoids all of the restrictions of Ihram:
  1. He shouldn’t cause the loss of any of his hair or nails. A prick by a thorn and the like is unobjectionable, even if there is bleeding.
  2. He shouldn’t perfume himself, his clothing, his food or his drink after entering Ihram. He should also abstain from cleansing himself with scented soap. There is no harm in what remains of the effect of perfume used prior to Ihram.
  3. He shouldn’t touch, kiss, etc. his spouse out of passion and, even worse, shouldn’t have sexual intercourse.
  4. He shouldn’t be wed or propose to a woman for himself or others.
  5. He shouldn’t wear gloves, although there is no harm in wrapping the hands in cloth. This ruling goes for both men and women.

The following pertains specifically to men:

  • He cannot cover his head with something that touches it, although there is no harm in the use of an umbrella, the roof of a car or tent for shade. There is also no harm in carrying his baggage atop his head. b) He cannot wear a shirt, turban, hooded cloak trousers, or shoes. Only if he is unable to obtain an Izar or sandals can he wear trousers or shoes.
  • He cannot wear anything with the same qualities of the above mentioned such as an Aba’ah, hat, undershirt, etc.
  • It is permissible for him to wear sandals, rings, glasses, a hearing aid, a watch, worn on his wrist or hung from his neck, or a speech aid. It is permissible for him to cleanse himself with unscented cleansers and to wash and scratch his head and body, even if some of his hair falls unintentionally. In such a case there is no obligation on him because of it.

A woman cannot wear a Niqab or Burqa’. The Sunnah is for her to uncover her face except if men not related to her might see her, in which case it is obligatory for her to cover her face during Ihram and otherwise.

Allah is the giver of success. May His blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and all of his family and companions

By the needy before Allah, Muhammad As-Salih Al-Uthaymin



Types of Hajj

Hajj is one of the best forms of worship and is one of the most sublime deeds because it is one of the pillars of Islam that Allah sent Muhammad (peace be upon him) with. A servant’s religion is incomplete without it.

A form of worship is only acceptable when the following is true.

One devotes it to Allah alone, with a desire for the Hereafter. It cannot be done with the intention of being seen among people or for worldly gain.

One follows the Prophet’s example, in words and deeds. This cannot accomplished without knowledge of the Sunnah.

The way in which the pilgrimage to Mecca can be performed and the regulations governing its rites vary according to where the pilgrim lives or whether intends to make umrah along with Hajj or whether one wants to offer an animal sacrifice or not. These variations have been traditionally grouped into three categories and referred to as the three types of Hajj, namely Hajj Ifrad, Hajj Qiran and Hajj Tamattu‘. Any one of these three methods, if performed according to their regulations without doing any actions which invalidate them, fulfill the compulsory Islamic requirement of Hajj once in a lifetime.


There are three forms of Hajj: Tamattu’, Ifrad, Qiran

  1. Tamattu‘:

A pilgrim wears ihram for umrah only during the months of Hajj, which means when they reach Mecca, they make Tawaf and Sa’i for ‘Umrah. They then shave or clip their hair. On the day of Tarwiyah, which is the eighth of Dhul-Hijjah, they put on the Ihram again, but this time for Hajj only and carry out all of its requirements.

  1. Ifrad:

A pilgrim wears ihram for Hajj only. When they reach Mecca, they perform tawaf for their arrival and sa’i for Hajj. They don’t shave or clip their hair as they don’t disengage from the ihram. Instead, they remain in the ihram till after they stone Jamrat Al-‘Aqabah on the Eid day. It is permissible for them to postpone their Sa’i for Hajj until after his Tawaf for Hajj. But a lot of people prefer to perform it earlier for convenience and ease later on.

  1. Qiran:

A pilgrim wears the ihram for both umrah and hajj or wears the ihram first for umrah, then makes intentions for hajj before the tawaf for hajj. The obligations on those performing Qiran are the same as on those performing Ifrad, except that it is compulsory for those performing Qiran to sacrifice an animal while those performing Ifrad are not obligated to do so.

The best of the three forms is Tamattu’. It is the form that the Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged his followers to perform. Even if a pilgrim makes intentions to perform Qiran or Ifrad they are allowed to change their intentions to Tamattu’; this can be done even after they have performed tawaf and sa’i.

When the Prophet (peace be upon him) performed tawaf and sa’i during the Farewell Hajj with his companions, he ordered all those who hadn’t brought sacrificial animals to change their intentions for Hajj to intentions for umrah, cut their hair, and disengage from the ihram till hajj.

He said, “If I hadn’t brought the sacrificial animal, I’d have done what I’ve ordered you to do.”




In order to perform Umrah or Hajj, a Muslim man or woman has to enter the Ihram. Without entering the Ihram, one’s Umrah or Hajj cannot be performed. Ihram is the sacred state in which men and women carry out the required rituals to complete Hajj or Umrah. You also have to wear special clothing that is designed for the purpose of performing Umrah or Hajj.

Men’s Ihram differs from that of women. While men’s Ihram is two sheets of white clothes that leave some parts of their body unclothed, women’s Ihram is a dress that completely conceals them, leaving their face and hands revealed. A woman cannot cover her face because that is prohibited during pilgrimage.

Upon entering the Ihram, a woman is recommended to perform Ghusl (purification bath). It is important to make the Niyah (intention) of bathing for Ihram. However, in case adequate water is not available for Ghusl, one can perform Wudu (ablution) and continue their Hajj/Umrah rituals.

Women are also allowed to wear regular clothes if Ihram is not available. It has to be made sure that the clothes which are worn with the intention of entering Ihram have to completely cover the body of the wearer, leaving hands and face uncovered.

It is also recommended that both men and women offer two Rakah (Salah) with the Niyah of assuming the state of Ihram. Every pilgrim should know that the ihram has to be worn before passing the Miqat (the place from where ihram starts). Al-Bukhari states that Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said: “one shouldn’t pass the Miqat unless he/she is in the state of Ihram.” (Al-Bukhari)

Lastly, one should avoid the acts that are prohibited for a person who is in the state of Ihram, such as wearing Attar (perfume), wearing makeup, wearing socks et cetera. May Allah (SWT) give us the opportunity to go into Ihram during Umrah and Hajj dates and only come out of it after performing Umrah or Hajj (Amen).


How to Perform Umrah

Here’s a detailed guide;

  • If a pilgrim wishes to be ritually pure for ‘Umrah, he should shed his clothing and bathe as he would after sexual defilement, if convenient.
  • He should perfume his head and beard with the best oil he can find. There is no harm in what remains of it after Ihram.
  • Bathing for Ihram is Sunnah for both men and women, including menstruating women and those experiencing postnatal bleeding. After bathing and preparing himself, a. pilgrim, other than those menstruating or experiencing postnatal bleeding, prays the obligatory prayer, if it is time. Otherwise, he makes his intention by praying the two Sunnah Rak’ah which are made each time Wudu’ is performed.
  • To make Niyat intention:
  • “O Allah! I intend to perform Umrah. Please make it easy for me and accept it from me. Amen.”

لَبَّيْكَ اللهُمَّ لَبَّيْكَ – لَبَّيْكَ لَا شَرِيْكَ لَكَ لَبَّيْكَ – إِنَّ الْحَمْدَ وَالنِّعْمَةَ لَكَ وَالْمُلْكَ – لَا شَرِيْكَ لَكَ –

“Labbayka Allaahumma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk. Inna al-hamd wa’l-ni’mata laka wa’l-mulk, laa shareeka lak.

“Here I am for ‘Umrah, here I am, Oh Allah, here I am. Here I am. You have no partner. Here I am. Surely all praise, grace and dominion is yours, and you have no partner.”


A man raises his voice when saying this and a woman says it so that only one beside her may hear her. One in Ihram should say the Talbiyah as often as possible, especially when times and places change.

One should say the Talbiyah during ‘Umrah, starting from the time he puts on his Ihram till he starts Tawaf. During Hajj he should say it starting from the time he puts on his Ihram till he starts to stone Jamrat Al-Aqabah on the Eid day.

When a pilgrim enters the Holy Mosque he puts forth his right foot first and says:

“In the name of Allah, may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah. Oh Allah, forgive me my sins and open to me the doors of Your mercy. I seek refuge in Allah the Almighty and in His Eminent Face and in His Eternal Dominion from the accursed Satan.”

He approaches the Black Stone, touches it with his right hand and kisses it. If this isn’t possible, he should face the Black Stone and point to it. It is best not to push and shove, causing harm and being harmed by other people.

When touching the Stone, a pilgrim should say the following:

“In the name of Allah, Allah is the greatest. Oh, Allah, with faith in you, belief in Your book, loyalty to you, compliance to the way of your Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).”

A pilgrim must walk, keeping the Ka’bah on his left. When he reaches the Ar-Rukn Al-Yamani he should touch, but not kiss it, and say:

“Our Lord, grant us good in this life and good in the hereafter and save us from the punishment of the Hell fire. Oh Allah, I beg of You for forgiveness and health in this life and in the Hereafter.”

Each time he passes the Black Stone he should say:

“Allah is the Greatest.”

During the remainder of his Tawaf he may say what he pleases of supplications, mentioning Allah, and recitation of Quran. This is because Tawaf, Sa’i, and Stoning the Jamrah have been devised for the purpose of mentioning Allah. During this Tawaf it is necessary for a man to do two things:

  • Al-ldhteba’ from the beginning of Tawaf until the end. Al-ldhteba’ means placing the middle of one’s Rida’ under his right arm and the ends of it over his left shoulder. When he is finished performing Tawaf, he may return his Rida’ to its original state because the time for Idhteba’ is only during Tawaf.
  • Al-Ramal during the first three circuits. Al-Ramal means speeding up one’s pace with small steps. A pilgrim should walk at a normal pace during his last four circuits.

When he completes seven circuits of Tawaf, he approaches Maqam Ibrahim and recites:

And take ye the station of Abraham as a place of Prayer.Noble Quran 2:125

He prays two short Rak’ah, as close as conveniently possible, behind Maqam Ibrahim. During the first Rak’at he recites Surah Al-Kafirun [Noble Quran, 109] and during the second one Surah Al-lkhlas [Noble Quran, 112]. When he completes the two Rak’ah he should return to the Black Stone and touch it, if convenient.

He goes out to the Mas’a and when he nears As-Safa he recites:

Verily As-Safa and Al-Marwah are among the shrines of Allah. Noble Quran 2:158

He ascends As-Safa until he is able to see the Ka’bah. Facing the Ka’bah and raising his hands, he praises Allah and makes any supplications he chooses. The Prophet (peace be upon him) prayed thus:

“There is no Deity but Allah alone,” three times, supplicating in between. He descends As-Safa and heads for Al-Marwah at a normal pace until he reaches the green marker. He should then run fast until the next green marker. He continues toward Al-Marwah at a normal pace. When he reaches it, he ascends it, faces the Qiblah, raises his hands and repeats what he said on As-Safa. He descends Al-Marwah heading towards As-Safa, taking care to walk where walking is designated, and run where running is designated. He continues this procedure until he completes seven laps.

Going from As-Safa to Al-Marwah is a lap and returning is another lap. During his Sa’i he may recite what he wills of supplications, recitation of Quran, and mentioning Allah. In completion of Sa’i he shaves his head.

A woman clips her hair the length of a finger tip. Shaving is preferable, except when Hajj is near and there isn’t sufficient time for hair to grow back. In this case it’s best to clip so that hair will remain for shaving during Hajj.

With that, ‘Umrah is completed. and a pilgrim is free to dress in other clothing, wear perfume and engage in marital relations,etc.