Praise be to Allaah.
If a person goes to Jeddah
for work and does ‘Umrah, one of two scenarios must apply:
1 – That he formed the
intention to do ‘Umrah before he reached Jeddah, so his intention in
traveling there was both to do work and to do ‘Umrah, regardless of which
2 – That he intended to go
to Jeddah but he did not intend to do ‘Umrah, then he decided to do ‘Umrah.
In the first case, he must
enter ihraam from the meeqaat, then finish his work in Jeddah, then do
‘Umrah, but it is better for him to start with ‘Umrah.
If he cannot start with
‘Umrah, and it is hard for him to spend the days in Jeddah in the ihraam
garments, then he does not have to enter ihraam from the meeqaat when he
first passes it, but when he wants to enter ihraam for Umrah after finishing
his work in Jeddah, he must go out to the meeqaat and enter ihraam from
there. If he does not do that and he enters ihraam from Jeddah, then he has
omitted one of the obligatory duties of ihraam and he must slaughter a sheep
in Makkah and distribute its meat to the poor of the Haram.
In the second case, he does
not have to enter ihraam from the meeqaat, because he did not originally
intend to do ‘Umrah, and if he decides to do ‘Umrah after finishing his work
in Jeddah, he may enter ihraam from his place in Jeddah.
The scholars of the
Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas were asked:
During the last spring
holiday I took my wife and children to visit my sister in al-Taa’if, and to
do ‘Umrah and get some medical treatment in Jeddah. This was my original
intention. But what happened was that we stayed in al-Taa’if for a day, then
we went to Jeddah passing through Makkah, but we did not enter ihraam from
al-Sayl, because I thought that there was nothing wrong with that as we were
delaying ‘Umrah until we were coming back from Jeddah. And in fact after we
had finished in Jeddah we entered ihraam for ‘Umrah. I hope that you can
tell us what is correct and what consequences there are for us?
The one who intends to do
‘Umrah then passes by the meeqaat should enter ihraam from that point, and
it is not permissible for him to pass it without entering ihraam. As you did
not enter ihraam from the meeqaat, then each of you must offer a sacrifice,
which is slaughtering a sheep that meets the conditions for udhiyah; it
should be slaughtered in Makkah al-Mukarramah and its meat distributed to
the poor there, and you should not eat any of it. End quote.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn
Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaaq ‘Afeefi, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan.
al-Daa’imah (11/176, 177).
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih
al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: If a person travels
from his country to Jeddah then decides to do ‘Umrah, may he enter ihraam
One of two scenarios must
apply in this case:
1 – That this person has
travelled to Jeddah without intending to do ‘Umrah, but he decides to do
‘Umrah whilst he is in Jeddah. In that case he may enter ihraam from Jeddah,
and there is nothing wrong with that, because of the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas
(may Allaah be pleased with him) when he mentioned the meeqaats: “…and
whoever is living within these boundaries can enter ihraam from the place
where he starts and the same applies to the people of Makkah who may enter
ihraam from there.”
2 – That he travelled from
his country with the firm intention of doing ‘Umrah. In this case he must
enter ihraam from the meeqaat that he passes by, and it is not permissible
to enter ihraam from Jeddah, because it is within the meeqaat boundary, and
it is proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him) defined the meeqaats and said: “And these meeqaats are for the people
at those very places, and besides them for those who come thorough those
places with the intention of performing Hajj and 'Umrah.”
If he enters ihraam from
Jeddah and comes to Makkah in this case, then according to the scholars he
must offer a fidyah, a sacrifice to be offered in Makkah, and given in
charity to the poor, but his ‘Umrah is valid. If he did not enter ihraam
from Jeddah after reaching it, and he was intending to do ‘Umrah before he
reached it, and he goes back to the meeqaat and enters ihraam from there,
then he does not have to do anything.
Fataawa Arkaan al-Islam
(question no. 467).
Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan
al-Fawzaan (may Allaah preserve him) asked:
If a person comes by plane
from Riyadh and wants to do ‘Umrah, but he passes through Jeddah to visit
family or friends for a day or two, does he have to enter ihraam when he
comes in line with the meeqaat in the air?
He must enter ihraam from
this meeqaat when he passes through it or passes in line with it on land or
in the air, and he should not pass it without entering ihraam. The one who
is travelling by air may prepare for ihraam before boarding the place, then
when he comes in line with the meeqaat he may either ask the stewards or
they will announce it to the people, or he may err on the side of caution
and enter ihraam when he thinks it most likely that he is close to the
meeqaat, and enter ihraam from the air. But if he waits until he lands at
the airport in Jeddah, this is a mistake, and if he does that he has to
offer a sacrifice. End quote.
And he (may Allaah preserve
him) was asked:
Even if he is going to stay
in Jeddah for one or two days to visit people?
Yes, even if he is going to
stay in Jeddah for one or two days, if he wants to stay in Jeddah before
doing the rituals, he must stay in his ihraam, but if he goes to Makkah and
does the rituals then comes back to Jeddah to do his work there, that is
better, because hastening to do the rituals is better; i.e., so long as he
intends to do ‘Umrah, it is not permissible for him to pass the meeqaat
without entering ihraam. There is no doubt concerning this. Then after that
he has the choice: he may stay in Jeddah in his ihraam or if he wishes he
may go to Makkah and come back to Jeddah to do his work. End quote.
Al-Muntaqa min Fataawa
al-Fawzaan (4/119, 120, question no. 118 and
To sum up:
If your father intended to
do ‘Umrah during his trip from Jordan to Jeddah – which is what appears to
be the case – then he should have entered ihraam from the meeqaat or gone
out from Jeddah to enter ihraam from the meeqaat. As he did not do either of
these, then he has to slaughter a sheep in Makkah and distribute its meat to
the poor. If he left Makkah and went back to Jordan, then he should look for
someone to whom he can send the money and delegate him to offer the
sacrifice in Makkah.
And Allaah knows best.