Question 18: In the past Al-Juhfah was the boundary where the Sudanese pilgrims used to assume Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah), and the ship used to blow a whistle to announce that the boundary was reached to assume Ihraam. But since the time of air travel, the Sudanese pilgrims assume Ihraam from Jeddah. When they arrive in Jeddah, they stay there for many days, wearing their normal clothes. My question is: Is it permissible to assume Ihram from Jeddah ? Is it permissible for them to assume Ihraam on the day of arrival or according to what they think is suitable?
Answer: Jeddah is a Meeqaat (site for entering the ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) only for its citizens, or residents there, or those who arrive in it for some reason other than intending Hajj or ‘Umrah and then decide to perform either of them. As for those who have a Meeqaat before Jeddah, such as Dul-Hulayfah appointed for the people of Al-Madeenah and what is beyond it, or those who come in line with it, whether by land or by plane; or Al-Juhfah appointed for the people who live there and those who come in line with it, whether by land, by sea, or by air; and Yalamlam likewise, it is obligatory on them to assume Ihraam from their own Meeqaat or when they come in line with it whether traveling by air, sea, or land… read more here.