Q: I want to ask you a very important question regarding Hajj as we are unable to find the answer to this problem. My parents were supposed to perform a Hajj this year, everything was set, they received their hajj visas, had their tickets booked too, but the day of their flight, a letter was issued by the government of Saudi Arabia that no more hajis are allowed to perform hajj after 5 Zil Hajjah. Hence, my parents returned home as the staff at the airport wouldn’t let them go. My parents did the niyyah for hajj but hadn’t worn their ihraam yet and decided to wear it upon reaching Dubai so that they could wear it from Dubai to Saudi Arabia. The question is whether they’re supposed to pay kuffarah as a verse related to this is mentioned in Surah Baqarah. My parents are confused regarding this and seek guidance. Kindly guide us through this problem whether they should pay kuffarah and if so, what should the kuffarah be.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)