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Hajj and Umrah FAQ’S

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3. When stoning, if the stone doesn’t touch the shaitan but falls into the round dip is it valid?

4. Are the women allowed to cover their faces during the time of umrah and haj if they want to?

5. Can one use vaseline in Ihraam ?

6. If hair falls of the beard as a result of stroking the beard while in Ihraam, what should one do?

7. Is it permissible for women to wear jewellery, socks, or gloves in the state of Ihraam?

8. I would like to know whether all sins (including kabira/major sins) will be forgived after the Haj?

9.What kind/shape of shoes/sandals are allowed to be worn when one is wearing Ihram?

10. Is it permissible for one to perform Tawaaf-e-Ziyaarah on the 7th of Zil Hajj?

11. Can females perform Haj without a Mahram?

12. Is it permissible for non related couples (husband and wife) to share the same room while on Haj without a screen or partition?

13. A family leaves South Africa with the intention of going to Makkah first but wants to sleep in Jeddah when they arrive at 22h00. They will not be in Ihram but will put it on at their hotel in Jeddah the next morning and proceed to Makkah for Umra. Is this permissible as they know they are going to Makkah and have passed the Meeqat before adorning the Ihram?


1. If the departure date of the lady is such that if she experiences her menstrual cycles it may hinder her performance of the tawaaf-e-Zaiyaarat before she is able to leave then she may use medication to delay her monthly periods. However, if this is not the case and she will have time to perform her Tawaaf-e-Ziyaarat after attaining purity then it is best not to take such medication even though doing so will still not be prohibited.

2. You should put the Ihraam on when the pilot announces that the plane is crossing the Meeqat boundry and also make the intention and recite the talbiya at this time.

3. The stoning will be valid in this instance.

4. A woman should not cover her face in a way that the clothing touches the face.

5. Yes one could use the vaseline that does not have any fragrance.

6. One should give some charity in this situation.

7. Although it is permissible to wear these items, it is best that they are not worn during ihraam.

8. If one has made sincere tauba from all the sins during Haj then all the sins including the major sins will be forgiven.

9. Females can wear any type of foot gear. Men should wear any footgear that does not have a strap above the protruding bone on the upper part of the foot where the lace is usually tied.

10. Tawaaf-e-Ziyaarat and Tawaaf-e-Ifaada are synonomous. Tawaaf-e-Ziyaarah cannot be performed on 7th Zil Hijjah.

11. Females cannot travel the Shari Safr distance (77km) without a Mahram. Hence if a woman needs to travel this distance or more to reach Makkah she may not do so without a Mahram. However, if a woman is less than 77 km away from Makkah she is not prohibited from performing Haj without a Mahram.

12. This is not a permissible. Total segregation must implemented.

13. The Ihram should be adorned at the Meeqat, although some Ulama have allowed one to don the Ihram in Jeddah, other Ulama have regarded Jeddah to be within the Meeqat. Hence it is more precautious to adorn the Ihram before arriving at Jeddah when the Meeqat boundary is announced on the aircraft.

Mufti Shafiq Jakhura
Iftaa Department, Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre

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Mufti Zubair Bayat

Ameer, Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre

This answer was collected from DarulIhsan.com. It’s the official website of Darul Ihsan, which is an Islamic organisation (PBO) based in Durban, South Africa.

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