Q: I will be leaving for Umrah in a week. I will be landing in Jeddah, and I will have to be in the state of Ihram. I have a few questions regarding going into Ihraam.
1. I will make the ghusul in South Africa that morning before I leave for Jeddah. Will it be valid if I go into Ihraam on the plane before landing in Jeddah?
If I go in to Ihraam on the plane must I make the the 2 rakaats of Sunnat Salaah on the plane.
2. As mentioned in question 1, if I go into Ihraam on the plane, must I proceed straight to perform Umrah or I may go to the Hotel?
3. As mentioned question 2, if I can go to the hotel and then perform Umrah, can I remove the Ihraam I was in and make ghusal and re-enter in to Ihraam?
2. Both are permissible.
3. You are already in ihraam, whether you use the same ihraam sheets or change the ihraam sheets.
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.