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Simplified Q & A on Hajj – Shaikh Bin Baz

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The following are a selection of commonly asked questions regarding Hajj, all answers from Shaikh Bin Baz رحمه الله تعالى.

1- If an individual has a wet dream whilst in a state of Ihram then what is the ruling?

If he has a wet dream and semen exits then upon him is to have the ghusl and nothing more than that. Him being in state of ihram is still correct and is not harmed since a wet dream is not from his choosing to occur, and similar to that is a fasting person in the ruling.

2- Is it permissible to use soap that has a fragrance to it whilst in a state of Ihram, and also toothpaste?

There is no problem in that, since it is not considered as actual fragrance in its nature.

3- Is it permissible to wear some items of clothing on top of the Ihraam due to extreme cold or rain?

There is no problem in that, if an individual wore a cloth or something resembling that to protect himself from extreme cold or rain it is ok, however he must not cover his head.

4- If hair falls out accidentally does it harm my state of Ihraam?

If the hair falls out from a woman or man during wiping it in wudu or washing it then there is no issue, similarly if something from the beard of a man fell out whilst washing or making wudu then it does not harm the state of ihraam since it is not done with intent.

5- Is it permissible to place fragrance upon the Ihraam sheets before going into a state of Ihraam [i.e. so that the fragrance lasts after he becomes muhrim]?

It is not permissible to place fragrance upon the ihraam sheets even before going into a state of ihram, rather the Sunnah is to place fragrance upon his body, like his head or beard or underarms before assuming a state of ihram.

6- What is the ruling on fasting 9th Dhul Hijja?

It is Sunnah for everyone except for the one actually in Hajj, for indeed the Sunnah for the one actually in Hajj is to not be fasting on the day of ‘Arafah.

7- I incorrectly thought going from Safa to Marwa then back to Safa was one length, and therefore ended up doing 14 lengths [since Safa to Marwa is actually one] so what is the ruling?

Seven is the obligation, as for the other 7 it is from your own doing and not permissible, but you are excused due to your ignorance, however you should seek repentance and forgiveness and not do that again if you make Hajj or ‘Umra again.


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Virtue of The First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

The virtues of the first ten days of Dhul Hijja

All praise is due to Allaah The Lord of the Aalameen and may the salaah and salaam be upon the leader of the Messengers.  To proceed

Indeed from the favours of Allaah is that He made for His righteous servants fixed days/time periods in which they can increase in the performance of righteous actions.  And amongst these fixed days/time periods are the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja.  Indeed, the virtues of these  first days have been stated in the Qur’aan and the Sunnah

Allaah (The Most High) said

وَالفَجرِ وَلَيَالٍ عَشرٍ

By the dawn; By the ten nights (i.e. the first ten days of the month of Dhul-Hijja

[Soorah al-Fajr: Ayah: 1-2]

Imaam Ibn katheer (rahimahullaah) said that the intended meaning behind this verse is the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja as stated by Ibn Abbaas, Ibn Zubayr, Mujaahid and other than them.  And this has also been reported by Imaam Bukhaari

Ibn Abbaas (radiyallaahu-anhumaa) said: The Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said

There are not any days in which righteous actions are done that are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” They said, “Oh Messenger of Allaah, not even jihad in Allaah’s cause?” He said, “Not even jihad in Allaah’s cause, except for a man who left out with his self and his wealth, and he did not return with either

Allaah (The Most High) said

وَيَذْكُرُوا اسْمَ اللَّهِ فِي أَيَّامٍ مَّعْلُومَاتٍ [الحج: 82]

And mention the Name of Allah on appointed days (i.e. 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th day of Dhul-Hijja);  Ibn Abbaas (radiyallaahu-anhu) said: They are the (first) ten days. Tafseer Ibn katheer

Ibn Umar (radiyallaahu-anhumaa) said

The Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said: There are no days greater in the (sight) of Allaah nor in which righteous actions are more beloved to Him than these (first) ten days; so increase Tahleel (i.e. Laa-ilaaha-ilal-laah), Takbeer (i.e. Allaahu Akbar) and Tahmeed (i.e. Al-Hamdulil-laah) [reported by Ahmad

And Saeed Ibn Jubayr who narrated the aforementioned hadeeth of Ibn Abbaas used to strive earnestly when the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja starts…. reported by Daarimee

Ibn Hajr (rahimahullaah) said in Al-Fath: What is apparent is that the reason the first ten days of Dhul Hijja are distinguished (with excellence) is because of what it gathers of the main foundational acts of worship, and they are: Salaah, Fasting, Charity and Hajj, which are not found in other them)

What are the recommended acts of worship in these first ten days

 Salaah: Give more emphasis and concern to the obligatory prayers and increase in optional prayers, because the prayer is amongst the greatest means of seeking nearness to Allaah

 Fasting: fasting is included amongst the righteous deeds.  Imaam Nawawi (rahimahullaah) said about fasting the first days of Dhul-Hijja is strongly recommended

[3] The Takbeer, Tahleel and Tahmeed due to what has been reported in the Hadeeth of Ibn Umar (radiyallaahu-anhu) that: ‘’Increase in Tahleel, Takbeer and Tahmeed in it (i.e. during these days).  Imaam Al-Bukhaari (rahimahullaah) said: Ibn Umar and Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhumaa) used to go to the market place during the first days of Dhul-Hijja whilst uttering the Takbeer and the people also used to do so alongside them

?How is the Takbeer performed

.الله أكبر. الله أكبر. الله أكبر. لا إله إلا الله. والله أكبر. . الله أكبر ولله الحمد


Fasting on the day of Arafah: Fasting on the day of Arafah is emphasized because of what has been narrated from the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) that the one who fasts the day of Arafah, his (minor) sins of the previous year and the year to come are forgiven by Allaah [reported by Muslim].  However, as for the one who is physically present at Arafah, it is disliked that he should fast, because the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) stood at Arafah whilst he was not fasting

How should the Muslim approach these days of goodness

The Muslim should approach these first days of goodness with sincere repentance to Allaah, keeping away from sins and disobedience; because sins prevents a person from receiving the favours of His Lord and veils his heart from his Protector- Allaah

Likewise, a person should approach these days with all good deeds.  He should strive to benefit from them by performing deeds that are pleasing to Allaah.  Allaah (The Most High) said

وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُواْ فِينَا لَنَهدِيَنَّهُمّ سُبُلَنَا [العنكبوت:69]

As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths (i.e. Allah’s Religion – Islamic Monotheism). And verily, Allah is with the Muhsinun (good doers).” Soorah Al-Ankaboot: Ayah: 69]

O brothers and sisters in Islaam! Let us be eager to take benefit from the ten days of Dhul Hijja before they elapse and we become regretful.  We ask Allaah to benefit us and yourselves in these days of goodness; and we ask Him (The Most High) to aid us to obey Him and perform acts of worship for His sake

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Performing Hajj on Behalf of Someone – Shaikh Rabee’

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

The time for Hajj is upon the Horizon, with that regard, Shaikh Rabee’ bin Hady حفظه الله was asked about performing Hajj on behalf of someone and so he replied [paraphrased]:

“There is some difference [on some issues related to this affair]; there is one aspect the scholars agree upon and another aspect they differ on. They agree regarding the performance of Hajj on behalf of a relative, and that is due to the questions in the ahaadith related to the issue all being related to family members, some of them stating “my father died and did not make Hajj…”, others, “my mother died and did not make Hajj…”, and “my father is required to make the obligatory Hajj however he is old and weak…”. Similarly the hadith of Ibn ‘Abbas that the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم  heard a man say “Labbayk for Shubruma”, so he صلى الله عليه و سلم asked, “Who is Shubruna?”, the man said, “A brother or relative of mine”. The prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم then asked, “Have you performed Hajj for yourself [before]?”, he said, “No”, so the prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said, “Perform Hajj for yourself first then on behalf of Shubruma”.

Therefore some scholars restrict the affair to relatives only, i.e. only allowing for people to perform Hajj on behalf of relatives and they do not allow for people to pay someone the fees to perform it on their behalf if he is not a relative, [perhaps a random individual not even known to the actual person himself].”

[The other opinion of many of the scholars is clearly that it is permissible whether it is on behalf of a relative or otherwise, and that appears to be the opinion followed by many of the scholars]

The Shaikh then went onto say, “Hiring people to perform Hajj on your behalf has become a business for some, certain individuals may take money from several different  individuals and then perform one Hajj on behalf of all their names in one go! And I don’t know if they even [bother] to do it for any of them!” [Scolars have mentioned the impermissibility of this, like Shaikh bin Baz]

The Shaikh also mentioned, “Shaikh ul-Islam has a good opinion on this, if the one who takes money to go and perform Hajj on behalf of someone else genuinely has a desire to be with the muslims engaging in the rites of Hajj and obedience then it is good, and he will benefit himself and the one he performs the Hajj on behalf of. However if the intent is purely for the money and he does not care about the opportunity to go to make Hajj, then this is eating people’s wealth unlawfully”

[via Sahab]

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Going to Sleep in a State of Prostration?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Indeed, Allah subhaanahu wa ta’ala selected certain times to be blessed, as opportunities for the slave to put forth his righteous deeds, lest it is discovered on that Day upon the presentation of the weighing scales that the accumulation of evil is greater than good  – we ask Allah to protect us from that state. From amongst those times is the blessed month of Ramadan that arrived and departed, however no sooner does one blessed time depart that another one arrives, indeed we speak of the approach of Hajj.

Many from amongst our brothers and sisters will strive to fulfill this obligation and travel to perform the Hajj, to submit and be subservient to their Creator in humbling themselves with their worship during those limited days.

It is regarding this Hajj that we find a tremendous narration from one of the great Salaf us-Salih, Masrooq ibn-ul Ajda’ from the senior tabi’een. It is narrated that Masrooq رحمه الله تعالى performed the Hajj, and during the days of Hajj – which are only a few – he did not sleep except in a state of prostration upon his face until he returned. [Siyar ‘alaam an-Nubalaa: 4/65]

Shaikh ‘Abdullah al-Bukhary حفظه الله تعالى stated regarding this [paraphrased], “…that is because the days of Hajj are very limited and few, and the Salaf us-Salih were keen on utilising every moment in worship and obedience to Allah, hence Masrooq did not wish to waste a single moment and so even slept in a position of prostration to Allah during those few days until he returned from Hajj”.

Certainly the days of Hajj are few and limited, so let them be an opportunity utilised in the best possible manner. Indeed, our brothers and sisters who make the journey and put forth a large financial amount, do not do so for the purpose of wasting the several days available in the land of Tawheed, make the limited days a cause for goodness and follow the example of the Salaf us-Salih in their desire for worship and obedience, and do not allow them to become filled with idle speech and relaxation…may Allah give us all success.


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