by Shaikh Muhammad As-Salih
In The Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
be to Allah, Lord of the Universe. May peace and blessings be upon
Muhammad, the last of the prophets and messengers, and upon his family
and esteemed companions. Hajj is one of the best forms of worship and is
one of the most sublime deeds because it is one of the pillars of Islam
that Allah sent Muhammad-may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon
him-with. A servant's religion is incomplete without it. A form of
worship is only acceptable when the following is true.
devotes it to Allah alone, with a desire for the Hereafter. It
cannot be done with the intention of being seen among people or for
follows the Prophet's example, in words and deeds. This cannot be
accomplished except by gaining knowledge of the Sunnah.
There are three forms of Hajj: Tamattu', Ifraad and Qiran.
A pilgrim wears Ihram for Umrah only during the months of Hajj,
which means when a pilgrim reaches Makkah, he/she makes Tawaf and
Sa'yi for Umrah. Then shaves or clips the hair. On the day of
Tarwiya, which is the eighth of Dhul-Hijja, a pilgrim puts on his
Ihram for Hajj only and carries out all of its requirements.
A pilgrim wears Ihram for Hajj only. When he reaches Makkah, he
performs Tawaf for his arrival and Sa'yi for Hajj. He doesn't shave
or clip his hair as he doesn't disengage from Ihram. Instead, he
remains in Ihram till after he stones Jamrah Al-Aqaba on the Eid
day. It is permissible for him to postpone his Sa'yi for Hajj until
after his Tawaf for Hajj.
A pilgrim wears Ihram for both Umrah and Hajj or he wears Ihram
first for Umrah, then makes intentions for Hajj before his Tawaf for
Hajj. The obligations on one performing Ifraad are the same as those
on one performing Qiran, except that the latter must slaughter
whereas the former is not obligated to do so. The best of the three
forms is Tamattu'. It is the form that the prophet-may the peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him encouraged his followers to perform.
if a pilgrim makes intentions to perform Qiran or Ifraad he is allowed
to change his intentions to Tamattu'; he can do this even after he has
performed Tawaf and Sa'yi.
the Prophet - may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him-
performed Tawaf and Sa'yi during the year of the Farewell Hajj with his
companions, he ordered all those who hadn't brought sacrificial animals
to change their intentions for Hajj to intentions for Umrah. cut their
hair, and disengage from Ihram till Hajj. He said, " If I hadn't
brought the sacrificial animal, I'd have done what I've ordered you to
If a pilgrim wishes to be ritually pure for Umrah, he should shed his
clothing and bathe as he would after sexual defilement, if convenient.
He should perfume his head and beard with the best oil he can find.
There is no harm in what remains of it after Ihram.
Bathing for Ihram is Sunnah for both men and women, including
menstruating women and those experiencing postnatal bleeding. After
bathing and preparing himself, a. pilgrim, other than those menstruating
or experiencing post- natal bleeding, prays the obligatory prayer, if it
is time. Otherwise, he makes his intention by praying the two Sunnah
Rakass whichare made each time Wudhu is performed.
he finishes his prayer he should say: "Here I am for Umrah--here I
am, Oh Allah, here I am. Here I am. You have no partner. Here I am.
Surely all praise, grace and dominion is yours, and you have no
partner." [Talbeeyah]. A man raises his voice when saying this and
a woman says it so that only one beside her may hear her.
One in Ihram should say the Talbeeyah as often as possible, especially
when times and places change. For example: when descending or ascending
during travel or when day or night approach. He should also ask Allah
for His pleasure, for Heaven and seek refuge in Allah's mercy from
should say the Talbeeyah during Umrah, starting from the time he puts on
his Ihram till he starts Tawaf. During Hajj he should say it starting
from the time he puts on his Ihram till he starts to stone Jamrah
Al- Aqaba on the Eid day.
pilgrim enters the Holy Mosque he puts forth his right foot first and
says: "In the name of Allah, may peace and blessings be upon the
Messenger of Allah. Oh Allah, forgive me my sins and open to me the
doors of Your mercy. I seek refuge in Allah the Almighty and in His
Eminent Face and in His Eternal Dominion from the accursed Satan."
He approaches the Black Stone, touches it with his right hand and kisses
it. If this isn't possible, he should face the Black Stone and point to
it. It is best not to push and shove, causing harm and being harmed by
When touching the Stone, a pilgrim should say the following: "In
the name of Allah, Allah is the greatest. Oh, Allah, with faith in you,
belief in Your book, loyalty to you, compliance to the way of your
Muhammad--may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him."
pilgrim must walk, keeping the Ka'bah on his left. When he reaches the
Rukn Al Yamani he should touch, but not kiss it, and say: " Our
Lord, grant us good in this life and good in the hereafter and save us
from the punishment of the Hell-fire. Oh Allah, I beg of You for
forgiveness and health in this life and in the Hereafter." Each
time he passes the Black Stone he should say: "Allah is the
the remainder of his Tawaf he may say what he pleases of supplications,
mentioning Allah, and recitation of Quran. This is because Tawaf, Sa'yi,
and Stoning the Jamrah have been devised for the purpose of mentioning
Allah. During this Tawaf it is necessary for a man to do two things:
from the beginning of Tawaf until the end. Al-ldhtebaa' means
placing the middle of one's Reda' under his right arm and the ends
of it over his left shoulder. When he is finished performing Tawaf,
he may return his Reda' to its original state because the time for
Idhtebaa' is only during Tawaf.
during the first three circuits. Al-Raml means speeding up one's
pace with small steps. A pilgrim should walk at a normal pace during
his last four circuits. When he completes seven circuits of Tawaf,
he approaches Maqam Ibrahim and recites: "And take ye the
station of Abraham as a place of Prayer" Chapter 2, Verse 125
[2:125]. He prays two short Rakaas, as close as conveniently
possible, behind Maqam Ibrahim. During the first Rakaa he recites
Surah Al-Kafirun [Chapter 109] and during the second one Surah Al-
lkhlas[Chapter 112]. When he completes the two Rakaas he should
return to the Black Stone and touch it, if convenient. He goes out
to the Mesa'a and when he nears As-Safaa he recites: " Verily
As- Safaa and Al-Marwah are among the shrines of Allah"
ascends As-Safaa until he is able to see the Ka'bah. Facing the Ka'bah
and raising his hands, he praises Allah and makes any supplications he
chooses. The Prophet--may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon
him--prayed thus: "There is no Deity but Allah alone," three
times, supplicating in between.
descends As-Safaa and heads for Al- Marwah at a normal pace until he
reaches the green marker. He should then run fast until the next green
marker. He continues toward Al- Marwah at a normal pace. When he reaches
it, he ascends it, faces the Qibla, raises his hands and repeats what he
said on As-Safaa. He descends Al-Marwah heading towards As-Safaa, taking
care to walk where walking is designated, and run where running is
continues this procedure until he completes seven laps. Going from As-Safaa
to Al-Marwah is a lap and returning is another lap. During his Sa'yi he
may recite what he wills of supplications, recitation of Qur'an, and
completion of Sa'yi he shaves his head. A woman clips her hair the
length of a finger tip. Shaving is preferable, except when Hajj is near
and there isn't sufficient time for hair to grow back. In this case it's
best to clip so that hair will remain for shaving during Hajj. With
that, Umrah is completed. and a pilgrim is free to dress in other
clothing, wear perfume and engage in marital relations, etc.
In the forenoon of the eighth day of Dhul-Hijja, a pilgrim purifies
himself once again by bathing as he did before Umrah in the place in
which he is staying, if convenient. He puts on his Ihram and says:
" Here I am for Hajj. Here I am, oh Allah, here I am. Here I am.
You have no partner. Here I am. Surely all praise, grace and dominion is
yours, and you have no partners."
fears that something will prevent him from completing his Hajj he should
make a condition when he makes his intentions, saying: " If I am
prevented by any obstacle my place is wherever I am held up." If he
has no such fear, he doesn't make this condition.
pilgrim goes to Mina and there prays Dhuhr, Asr, Magrib, Isha and Fajr,
shortening his four unit prayers so as to make them two units each,
without combining them.
the sun rises, he goes to Arafah and there prays Dhuhr and Asr combined
at the time of Dhuhr, making each one two units. He remains in Namira
Mosque until sunset if possible. He remembers Allah and makes as many
supplications as possible while facing the Qibla. The Prophet-may the
peace and blessing of Allah be upon him-prayed thus: "There is no
Deity but Allah alone. He has no partner. All dominion and praise are
His and He is powerful over all things.
grows weary it is permissible for him to engage in beneficial
conversation with his companions or reading what he can find of
beneficial books, especially those concerning Allah's grace and abundant
gifts. This will strengthen his hope in Allah. He should then return to
his supplications and be sure to spend the end of the day deep in
supplication because the best of supplication is the supplication of the
day of Arafah.
sunset he goes from Arafah to Muzdalifah and there prays Magrib, Isha,
and Fajr. If he is tired or has little water, it is permissible for him
to combine Magrib and Isha. If he fears that he will not reach
Muzdalifah until after midnight, he should pray before he reaches it for
it is not permissible to delay prayer until after midnight. He remains
there, in Muzdalifah, making supplications and remembering Allah till
just before sunrise.
is weak and cannot handle the crowd during Ar-Ramy, it is permissible
for him to go to Mina at the end of the night to stone the Jamrah before
the arrival of the crowd. Near sunrise, a pilgrim goes from
Muzdalifah to Mina. Upon reaching it he does the following:
throws seven consecutive pebbles at Jamrah Al-Aqaba which is the
closest monument to Makkah, saying: "Allah is the
Greatest," as he throws each pebble.
slaughters the sacrificial animal, eats some of it, and gives some
to the poor. Slaughter is obligatory on the Mutamati and Qiran.
shaves or clips his hair; shaving is preferable. A woman clips her
hair the length of a finger-tip.
three should be done in the above order if convenient, but there is no
restriction if one precedes another.
that, one is allowed to come out of Ihram. He can wear other clothing
and do everything that was lawful before Ihram except engaging in
marital relations. He goes to Makkah to perform Tawaf Al-lfadha and
Sa'yi, also for Hajj. It is Sunnah to put perfume on before going to
the completion of this Tawaf and Sa'yi, a pilgrim is allowed to do
everything that was lawful before Ihram, including engaging in marital
relations. After performing Tawaf and Sa'yi, he returns to Mina to spend
the nights of the eleventh and twelfth days there.
stones the three Jamrah in the afternoon of both the eleventh and
twelfth days. He starts with the first Jamrah, which is furthest from
Makkah, then the middle one, and lastly Jamrah Al-Aqaba. Each one should
be stoned with seven consecutive pebbles accompanied by Takbeer. He
stops after the first and middle Jamrah to make supplications facing the
Qibla. It is not permissible to stone before noon on these two days. It
is best to walk to the Jamrah, but riding is permissible.
is in a hurry after stoning on the twelfth day, he leaves Mina before
sunset. But if he wishes to prolong his stay, which is best, he spends
the night of the thirteenth in Mina and stones that afternoon in the
manner as on the twelfth day.
he is ready to return to his country, he makes Tawaf Al-Wadaa, which is
seven circuits around the Ka'bah. Menstruating women and women
experiencing postnatal discharge are not obligated to perform
Tawaf Al -Wadaa.
1. A pilgrim goes to Madina before or after Hajj with the intention of
visiting the Prophet's mosque and praying in it. Prayer there is better
than a thousand prayers elsewhere except in the Holy Mosque in Makkah.
2. Upon reaching the mosque he prays two Rakaas of salutation or
performs any obligatory prayer that is due.
goes to the grave of the Prophet -may the peace and blessings of Allah
be upon him - and he stands before it. He greets him saying the
"May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you, oh
Prophet. May Allah grant you a good reward on behalf of your people.
" He takes a step or two to his right to position himself before
Abu-Bakr and greets him saying : "May the peace, mercy, and
blessing of Allah be upon you. oh Abu-Bakr, Caliph of the Messenger of
Allah. May Allah be pleased with you and grant you a good reward on
behalf of Muhammad's people." Then he takes a step or two to his
right to position himself before Umar and greets him saying: " May
the peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you, oh Umar, Prince of
the believers. May Allah be pleased with you and grant you a good reward
on behalf of Muhammad's people."
a state of purity, he goes to pray in Qubaa Mosque.
goes to Al-Baqee to visit Uthman's grave- may Allah be pleased with him.
He stands before it and greets him saying: "May the peace, mercy
and blessing of Allah be upon you, oh Uthman- Prince of the believers.
May Allah be pleased with you and grant you a good reward on behalf of
Muhammad's people." He greets any other Muslims in Al-Baqee.
goes to Uhud and visits the grave of Hamza- may Allah be pleased with
him- and the other martyrs there with him. He greets them and preys to
Allah to grant them forgiveness, mercy, and pleasure.
The following is incumbent upon the Muhrim for Hajj or Umrah:
1. That he be committed to Allah's religious obligations upon him such
as prayer in its time (in congregation for men).
That he avoids what Allah has prohibited such as obscenity, inequity,
and disobedience. if anyone undertakes Hajj therein. Let there be no
obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling during Hajj ~ [2:197].
That he avoids harming the Muslims with words or actions within the
Masha'ir or elsewhere.
That he avoids all of the restrictions of Ihram:
He shouldn't cause the loss of any of his hair or nails. A prick by a
thorn and the like is unobjectionable, even if there is bleeding.
b. He shouldn't perfume himself, his clothing, his food or his drink
after entering Ihram. He should also abstain from cleansing himself
with scented soap. There is no harm in what remains of the effect of
perfume used prior to Ihram.
He shouldn't touch, kiss, etc. his spouse out of passion and, even
worse, shouldn't have sexual intercourse.
He shouldn't be wed or propose to a woman for himself or others.
He shouldn't wear gloves, although there is no harm in wrapping the
hands in cloth. This ruling goes for both men and women.
following pertains specifically to men:
a. He cannot cover his head with something that touches it, although
there is no harm in the use of an umbrella, the roof of a car or tent
for shade. There is also no harm in carrying his baggage atop his
He cannot wear a shirt, turban, hooded cloak trousers, or shoes. Only
if he is unable to obtain an Ezar or sandals can he wear trousers or
He cannot wear anything with the same qualities of the above mentioned
such as an Abea', Qubaa, hat, undershirt, etc.
permissible for him to wear sandals, rings, glasses, a hearing aid. a
watch, worn on his wrist or hung from his neck, or a speech aid. It is
permissible for him to cleanse himself with unscented cleansers and to
wash and scratch his head and body, even if some of his hair falls
unintentionally. In such a case there is no obligation on him because of
woman cannot wear a Niqab or Burqa'. The Sunnah is for her to uncover
her face except if men not related to her might see her, in which case
it is obligatory for her to cover her face during Ihram and otherwise.
Allah is the giver of success. May His blessings be upon our Prophet
Muhammad and all of his family and companions.
By the needy before Allah, Muhammad As-Salih Al-Uthaimeen
cloak-like, woolen wrap.
Abu Bakr first Muslim Caliph.
Al-Baqee' a place in Madina.
Al-ldhtebaa placing the middle of the Reda' under the right arm and the
ends ofit over the left shoulder during Tawaf.
Al-lkhlas Chapter 112 of theQur'an(Purity of Faith).
Al-Kafirun Chapter 109 of the Qur'an ( Those who reject Faith).
Al-Marwah name of the hillock where a Muslim begins Sa'yi.
Al-Raml walking quickly but with small steps during the first three
circuits of Tawaf.
Arafah the most important stop during Hajj, located beyond Muzdalifah.
Ar-Ramy The Stoning.
As-Safaa name of the hillock where a Muslim ends his last lap of Sa'yi.
Asr the afternoon prayer.
Burqa' a face veil like a Niqab.
Dhul-Hijja the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.
Dhuhr the noon prayer.
Eid celebration for Muslims.
Ezaar lower cloth of Ihram.
Fajr dawn prayer.
Hajj official Muslim pilgrimage to Makkah.
Hamza one of the Prophet's uncles and a martyr during the battle of Uhud.
Ifraad isolated form of Hajj.
Ihram the ceremonial state of making Hajj or the Hajj garments
Isha night prayer.
Jamrah Monument in Mina.
Jamrah Al Aqaba-the monument closest to Makkah.
Ka'bah the house of Allah in the Holy Mosque in Makkah.
Magrib dusk prayer.
Maqam Ibrahim the stepping stone of the prophet Abraham.
Mes'aa the stretch between As- Safaa and Al - Marwah.
Masha'ir ceremonial shrines.
Mina one of the ceremonial shrines, a valley near Makkah.
Muhammad the last of the prophets, the prophet of Islam.
Muhrim a person in Ihram.
Mutamati a pilgrim performing Hajj Tamattu'.
Muzdalifah one of the ceremonial shrines of Hajj, between
Mina and Arafah.
Namira mosque in Mina.
Niqab a face veil revealing the eyes through slashes
Qiran a pilgrim performing Hajj Qiran.
Qibla the direction Muslims face to pray.
Qiraan Accompanied form of Hajj.
Quba a mosque in Madina, used to be on the outskirts.
Qur'an the Book of Allah.
Rakaa a unit of prayer.
Reda' the upper cloth of Ihram.
Rukn Al Yamani-the corner of the Ka'bah which faces Yemen.
Sa'yi the walk made between As-Safaa and Al -Marwah.
Sunnah way of the Prophet.
Surah a chapter of the Qur'an.
Takbeer saying "Allahu Akbar ("Allah is Greatest")
Talbeeya the supplication a Muslim recites once he is in
Ihram and has made his intention.
Tamattu' enjoyable form of Hajj.
Tarwiyya the eighth of Dhul-Hijja.
Tawaf circumambulation of the Ka'bah
Tawaf Al-lfadha tawaf for Hajj.
Tawaf Al-Wadaa farewell Tawaf.
Uhud the name of a mountain in Medina and the site of the battle by this
Umar the second Muslim Caliph and first Prince of the believers.
Umrah-minor Hajj the combination of Tawaf and Sa'yi.
Uthman the third Muslim Caliph and second Prince of thebelievers.
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