Hajj and umra question

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Hajj and umra question


Question1: Is it permissible to perform ‘Umrah when I have debts?
Salam alykum. I am a Muslim living in Jordan. I work for an airline company. They chose me to be a member of the "hajj team" which takes care of pilgrims flying to Jeddah and Medina, and we take care of them also in the way back. The Saudi visa that will be issued for us indicates that we can not perform hajj and I signed a paper that I will not go to Makah as a pilgrim. I want to perform hajj. And if it is permissible for me to perform hajj, how to do ihram in Jeddah? (because I can not leave Jordan wearing ihram). We may arrive in Jeddah on the 7th of Dhul Hijja which Hajj rites (manasek) are appropriate in my case?
Please answer me. jazakum Allahu khairan.
Please advise me if it's not obligatory on the husband to pay for his wife’s Hajj expenses, how will the wife travel for Hajj?
al salamalikom w rahmatallah w barakatoh,
I just wanted to ask is it obligatory to wear white while standing on Arafat during hajj?
Thank you
I did not pay my obligatory zakat for the past 20 years but would like to go for Hajj this year. Do I have to spend the zakat quickly before leaving for Hajj or can I do it upon my return?
Thank you,
Al Salamualaykumwarahmat Allah wabarakatuh. I am going on a Umra inshaAllah and am concerned that I might have my menstrual period during the period we are in Makkah. Obviously, I cannot enter Al Masjid Al Haram, but my question is whether all is lost in this case or can I do anything to replace my inability to perform the Umra rites. Jazakum Allah Khairan.
What is the law on traveling to visit the prophet’s grave or the prophet’s mosque ?Is it bid’ah? Jazak Allah khair
Is Umra obligatory for all Muslims apart from hajj?


You should first pay your debts if they have reached the date when they are due for payment and you possess the money to pay them. However, if their payment is deferred or if going for 'umra will not conflict with paying them on time, there is no objection to going for 'umra.
Dear honorable brother,
Muslims must fulfill their conditions. As long as you agreed to the terms of the contract and are duty bound to implement it, you must not resort to deception to violate the terms of agreement. This is based on the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his family) who said: "Be mindful of Allah and do not exceed the limits of decency when asking Him for something."
Know that hajj is only obligatory for those who possess the financial and physical ability to undertake it and through means which do not involve deception or abasing oneself. You must also know that working in the job in which Allah has planned for you by caring for pilgrims is dearer in the sight of Allah than cheating to perform hajj.
The Ruling
It is impermissible for Muslims to seek what is lawful through unlawful means.
A woman can go for hajj in the following cases:
- If her husband pays for it out of love and kindness towards his wife since it is not obligatory for him to do so.
- If she posses the financial and physical ability which are from the prerequisites of hajj.
It is obligatory for men to wear the izar (a wraparound used to cover the lower body) and rida` (mantle worn around the upper body). It is not obligatory but recommended that they be white.
You must first pay the zakat due on your property; do not pay for Hajj from the zakat money because it belongs to the poor and they are entitled to it. However, there is no objection to going for Hajj if it will not affect the payment of zakat in full and if it will not be at the expense of giving out your due zakat. In anticipation of any circumstances, you must inform your relatives that you owe a debt (zakat) that must be paid from your money.
We ask Allah to protect you and keep you safe.
The reason behind forbidding a menstruating woman from entering the mosque is fear of spoiling it with blood. Otherwise, it is permissible for you to enter the Holy Mosque and you are not blameworthy. If waiting for the menstruation to cease would waste the opportunity for performing 'umra, it is permissible to circumambulate the Ka'bah and perform umra but you must offer a sacrifice by slaughtering a camel.
• Virtue of traveling to visit the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him):
Traveling to visit the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is among the best deeds and the greatest acts of worship that draws one nearer to the way of Allah Almighty.

• Scholarly consensus upon the permissibility of traveling to visit the grave of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him:
Al-Qadi 'Iyyad, imam ibnTaymiyah, the great scholar of hadith ibn Hajar al-'Assqalani and others have consensus on its permissibility.
Ibn Taymiyah was quoted as saying: "All the subsequent generations of Muslims unanimously agreed on traveling to visit the grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him.

• Books authored on this issue:
A group of scholars authored some books on the permissibility of traveling to visit the grave of the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him:
- Al-Taqui al-Subki: Shifa' al-Siqam fi Ziyarat Kheir al-Anam 'Alayhi al-Salatwa al-Salam.
- Ibn Hajar al-Haythami: al-Jawhar al-Munazam fi Ziyarat al-Qabr al-Mukaram.
- His student al-Fakihi: Husn al-Istishara fi Adab al-Ziyarah.

• Evidence from legal texts of the Shari'ah:
- Qur'an:
Allah Almighty says:
And if, when they wronged themselves, they had come to you, [O Muhammad], and asked forgiveness of Allah and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah Accepting of repentance and Merciful [4:64}
This verse generally encompasses the permissibility of asking the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) for forgiveness-either alive or dead or traveling to visit [his grave}.

- Hadith:
There are many hadiths narrated on the permissibility of traveling and singling out the grave of the Prophet (Peace and blessing sbe upon him) for visit:
• Ibn 'Umar (may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"Whoever visits my grave, my intercession will be guaranteed for him" [IbnKhuzaymah, al-Bazzar and al-dar Quttni}
In a report: "whoever visits me and has no other motive has a right over me that I intercede on his behalf on the Day of Judgment" [Tabarani and al-Darquttni}.
In a third report: "whoever visits my grave, is as if he visited me during my life" [Al-Tabarani).
The above hadiths have multiple narrations and all of them strengthen each other. Moreover, many great scholars of hadith—such as ibn Khuzaymah, ibn al-Sakan, al-Qadi 'Iyyad, al-Taqi al-Subki, al-'Iraqi and others declared these hadiths to be authentic.
• Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said:
“No journey should be made to visit mosques except for three: the Sacred Mosque [in Makkah], this mosque of mine [in Madinah], and al-Aqsa Mosque [in al-Quds/Jerusalem]" [Bukhari and Muslim}.
This hadith means that no journey should be made to visit any mosque except for theses three mosques in order to magnify them through performing prayer. Ibn Hajar al-Haythami said: "Everyone should realize this. It is declared by the consensus that traveling to perform Hajj, Jihad [En. Fighting in the cause of Allah], emigrating from lands of disbelief-on its condition are obligatory. It is also recommended or obligatory to travel for seeking knowledge. The consensus of scholars also declared that it is permissible to travel for trade and fulfill worldly needs. Hence, fulfilling the needs of the Hereafter—especially visiting the noble grave of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon) is worthier".
In another report, Abu Sa'eed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said: "No one should travel to visit a mosque to perform prayer except for the Sacred Mosque [in Makkah], al-Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem] and this mosque on mine [in Madina]" [Ahmed with a good chain of transmission}.
• The mother of the believers, lady 'Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "I am the seal of the Prophets and my mosque is the seal of the Prophets' mosques. The mosques that worth traveling for visit are: the sacred Mosque and that of mine. Prayer in my mosque is better than a thousand prayers anywhere else, apart from the sacred Mosque" [Bazzar}.
There is a scholarly dispute over this issue among scholars. Some scholars maintain that 'umra is obligatory once in a lifetime like hajj. Other scholars maintain that 'umra is sunnah. It is established in shari'ah (Islamic law), "Objection is reserved for omitting what is agreed to be a requirement and not for issues where there is a difference of opinion".

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