Q: I live in Mumbai (India) and I am planning to perform Umrah. I will be taking a flight from Mumbai to Jeddah and continue onwards from Jeddah to Makkah via bus/car. I know that I need to be in the state of ihram while passing the Miqaat. I will wear Ihram at Mumbai airport so that all I have to do while passing the Miqaat (in the air) is make the Niyah.
My query is that I do not know when should I make the Niyah so that I am sure I have not missed the Miqaat boundary. I will be travelling in a flight which will not be notifying me when I pass over the Miqaat area. What is the way that I should follow? Should I make Niyah from Mumbai (India) airport OR should I make Niyaah 1 hour before reaching Jeddah? There can be a chance that I do not pass over any specific Miqaat point (rather pass through between 2 Miqaat points), what do I do in that case? ?
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.