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Can you perform tawaf/umrah for someone else who is alive and in another country?

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Can you perform tawaf/umrah for someone else who is alive and in another country?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh

1. Umrah/Tawaf is a nafl i’badat (worship). One may perform one Umrah/Tawaf and make intention of giving the reward to anyone (one or more persons). However, if someone had specifically requested to perform Umrah/Tawaf on his behalf, then it is not permissible to make intention of more than one person in that Tawaf/Umrah. 

2. It is permissible to perform Umrah/Tawaf on behalf of those who are deceased as well as those who are alive.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Ismail Desai,

Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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