Question 30: Is performing Tamattu‘ Hajj (`Umrah during the months of Hajj followed by Hajj in the same year with a break in between) limited to a definite period of time? Is it permissible for a pilgrim of this type to assume the state of Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) for Hajj before the Day of Tarwiyah (8th of Dul-Hijjah)?
Answer: Ihraam for Tamattu‘ is limited to a definite period of two months and ten days, namely Shawwaal, Dul-Qa‘dah and the first ten days of Dul-Hijjah. These are the months of Hajj. Therefore, a pilgrim is not permitted to assume Ihraam for Tamattu‘ Hajj before Shawwaal or after the night of ‘Eed-ul-Ad-haa (the Festival of the Sacrifice). It is preferable for a pilgrim of this type to assume the state of Ihraam for ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) only. After completing the rituals of ‘Umrah, they assume the state of Ihraam for Hajj only. This is the complete form of Tamattu‘... read more here.