Current Legal Issues


Q. A person performed umrah tamatu ( a visitation ritual that is obligatory before performing hajj) for another. Before embarking on hajj rituals, he realised that it was within his means, right from the time he set out from his home town, to perform [obligatory] hajj for himself. Should he carry on with completing what he was charged with, i.e. to perform hajj by proxy, or perform hajj for himself? On the assumption that it be obligatory on him to perform hajj for himself, where could he wear ihraam for umrah tamatu? What will the ruling be if he became financially capable after the umrah that he performed as agent and before the onset of hajj rituals?

On the first assumption, if he was sure of his financial position that he would be able to perform hajj for himself the following year, he should fulfil what he was hired to do, i.e. complete hajj as a proxy. Otherwise, he should perform hajj for himself. Ihraam for umrah tamatu should be worn from the miqat (appointed place/s where pilgrims are supposed to put their ihraam on as a first step to performing umrah and hajj rituals). The same applies when he becomes financially capable after performing umrah on behalf of others, provided such capability comes about from sources other than the wages of ijarah.