Pooling Funds for Hajj

Ustadh Tabraze Azam is asked about the legality of polling funds for Hajj. In our culture, we have a system of informal savings whereby people come together in groups and decide on an amount of money to deposit in a savings (locally, a wooden–metal box that is entrusted to a group member). They also decide […]

Can a Woman Go Perform a Umra Alone? [Shafi’i]

Answered by Shaykh Farid Dingle Question: Assalamu alaykum I am a woman. Can I go on umra without a mahram? Answer: Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh, In the Shafi’i madhhab, it is permissible for a woman to perform a personally obligatory hajj or umrah without a mahram. [Bushra al-Karim] If however one has already […]

Can We Take the Hanafi Opinion on Wudu When Making Hajj? (Shafi’I)

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum If a Hanafi man, is married to a Shafi’i woman, and they intend to perform Hajj together, with the man as Mahram for his wife; what is the ruling on the woman’s Wudu if she cannot avoid physical contact with her husband, during the performance of the […]

Does One Have to Shave or Cut Their Hair Short During the Pilgrimage? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum I’ve been growing my hair long and I’m going to Umra soon and I don’t want to shave my head all off. What can I do? Answer: Assalam ‘alaykum. I pray you’re well insha’Allah. Trimming just a small length from the hair suffices for the act of […]

Is My Hajj Valid If I Enter in Arafah After Sunset? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Abdurragmaan Khan Question: Assalam alaykum, Is my Hajj valid if I enter in Arafah after sunset? Answer: Wa alaykum al-Salam Shukran for your question. The allocated time for executing the obligation of standing on Arafah extends from zawal on the 9th till Fajr on the 10th. Whoever reaches and stands on Arafah, […]

Do Mental Disorders Lift the Obligation of Hajj? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum I have been diagnosed with what was then called “Asperger’s Syndrome.” This is co-morbid with a few other mental illnesses I have. During a meltdown, I oftentimes black out, becoming unaware and anxious. Does my condition exempt me from going on Hajj? Answer: Wa alaykum assalam. Thank […]

Is It Permissible to Recite Supplications From a Book Moving Between Safa and Marwa? [Shafi’i]

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally Question: Assalam alaykum, Is it permissible to read duas from a book whilst performing Sa’i (moving between Safa and Marwa)? Is it preferable to recite in Arabic or can you make dua in your mother tongue? Answer: Assalāmu ʿalaykum, I pray that you are well. It is permissible to recite […]