The Sunnah is to assume Ihram on the eighth day before noon

Question 6: Some pilgrims stay on the eighth day in Makkah without assuming Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and ‘Umrah) and thus abandon acts of Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) to be done on the Day of Tarwiyah (8th of Dul-Hijjah). Thus, they remain in their houses until the ninth day on which they go to`Arafah justifying doing so on the pretext that acts to be done on the Day of Tarwiyah are only supererogatory and that Hajj is `Arafah. What is the opinion of Your Eminence on this act?

Answer: It is unobjectionable to do so. However, the Sunnah is to assume Ihraam on the eighth day of Dul-Hijjah before noon and then head for Mina where one should offer Duhr (Noon), ‘Asr (Afternoon), Maghrib (Sunset), ‘Ishaa’ (Night) and Fajr (Dawn) Prayers, shortening but not combining them.One should then head for `Arafah after sunrise as the Prophet (peace be upon him) did so and ordered his Sahaabah (Companions) who ended their state of Ihraam for ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) to do so… read more here.

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