Is It Allowed to Delay the Intention for Hajj?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

I am asking this question on behalf of my aunt. Unfortunately, she has her period and may not be able to make the intention for Hajj before leaving. Is it ok if she arrives in Saudi Arabia and makes the intention?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

Being in a state of menstruation does not prevent one from intending the Hajj and entering into a state of ihram. As such, your aunt may either enter ihram from India before she departs or she may enter it when reaching the designated miqat areas in Saudi Arabia.

This is clearly affirmed in the hadith, “When a menstruating women and those experiencing post-natal bleeding come to the miqat, they should perform a ritual-bath (ghusl), enter into ihram, and perform all the rituals of Hajj except circumambulating (tawaf) the Ka`aba.” [Abu Dawud]

[Ustadh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas  graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman where he spent five years studying Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford and continues his traditional studies with scholars in the United Kingdom.

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