Will the dead feel the coming of Al-Dajjaal?

Question: Will Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal (the Antichrist) be sent to everyone, alive or dead, or just to those who will be living at the time of his emergence? Will dead people be resurrected during his time?

Answer: Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal will appear to those living only. Dead people will not be resurrected except on the Day of Judgment. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

The meaning of the existence of Al-Dajjaal and describing him as “one-eyed”

Question: Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal (the Antichrist) is mentioned in many Ahaadeeth, what is the meaning of Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal (the Antichrist)? Does he exist now or not? Where does he live? What is meant by being one-eyed as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) mentioned? Is he actually one-eyed or is it a metaphor? Please explain this matter to us, may Allaah reward you with Paradise!

Answer: The word Al-Dajjaal is derived from the Arabic verb “dajal” meaning “to lie” to demonstrate his lying as he will claim lordship which is one of the gravest lies… read more here.

The appearance of Al-Dajjaal

Question: Will Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal (the Antichrist) appear, because – from what I have read – some scholars have confirmed this while others deny it?

Answer: Yes, Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal will appear. There are clear Saheeh (authentic) and Mutawaatir (Hadeeth reported by a significant number of narrators throughout the chain of narration, whose agreement upon a lie is impossible) Ahaadeeth that have affirmed this… read more here.

Authenticity of the Ahaadeeth mentioning Al-Dajjaal

Question: Are there any Ahaadeeth mentioning the appearance of Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal (the Antichrist)? Are these Ahaadeeth ranked as Saheeh (a Hadeeth that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish), Hasan (a Hadeeth whose chain of narration contains a narrator with weak exactitude, but is free from eccentricity or blemish), or Da`eef (a Hadeeth that fails to reach the status of Hasan, due to a weakness in the chain of narration or one of the narrators)?

Answer: There are Ahaadeeth that are Saheeh and Mutawaatir (Hadeeth reported by a significant number of narrators throughout the chain of narration, whose agreement upon a lie is impossible) about the appearance of Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal… read more here.

The trial of Al-Dajjaal

Question: We heard about the story of Fitnah (trial) of Al-Maseeh-ul-Dajjaal (the Antichrist), that he will command the sky to rain and the earth to produce and bring out its treasures, and kill a man and revive him again. Our teachers say that what Al-Dajjaal will do will not be real, they will be illusions by which he will delude people. Appreciate your guidance may Allaah guide you!

Answer: It is authentically reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that Al-Maseeh Al-Dajjaal will appear at the end of time and will command the sky to rain, so it will, and command the earth to bring forth vegetation, so it will. He will kill a Mu’min (believer) and order him to come back to life, so he will… read more here.

Who is Al-Mahdee?

Question: Who is Al-Mahdee and what are the Signs of the Hour?

Answer: Al-Mahdee is a man from Ahl-ul-Bayt (members of the Prophet’s extended Muslim family), who will appear before the descent of `Eesaa (Jesus, peace be upon him) to call to Islaam… read more here.

The coming out of Al-Mahdee

Question: I would like to know the validity of the existence of Al-Mahdee who will appear on earth. Are there any authentic Ahaadeeth about him? May Allaah reward you!

Answer: There are many Ahaadeeth that indicates the emergence of Al-Mahdee. They were reported in many chains of transmission… read more here.

Reports about the Awaited Al-Mahdee and the descending of `Eesaa

Question: What is reported from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) regarding the appearance of the Awaited Mahdee and the descent of `Eesaa (Jesus, peace be upon him)?

Answer: As for Al-Mahdee, many Ahaadeeth were reported which indicate that he will preside over this Ummah (community). You should refer to the Sunan (Hadeeth compilations classified by jurisprudential themes) of ‘Aboo Daawood and Ibn Maajah, and other books of Sunnah, as these Ahaadeeth are mentioned there… read more here.

What is the most authentic book that deals with the signs of the Day of Judgment and the battles?

Question: What is the most authentic book that deals with the signs of the Day of Judgment and the battles?

Answer: The most authentic books in this regard that come after the Qur’aan are: Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree, Saheeh Muslim, Sunan Aboo Daawood, Sunan Al-Nasaa’ee, Jaami` Al-Tirmithee, and Sunan Ibn Maajah… read more here.

If the sun rises in the west, the Eemaan of he who did not believe before will not be accepted

Question: Will the sun rise from the west and at the time repentance of a disobedient person will not be accepted or the belief of a disbeliever as the gate of repentance will be closed?

Answer: Yes… read more here.

Is it from the virtues of this Ummah that they will testify against all nations on the Day of Judgment?

Question: Is it from the virtues of this Ummah (nation) that they will testify against all nations on the Day of Judgment?

Answer: Yes… read more here.

Mentioning some of the signs of the Hour

Question: Would you please explain the Signs of the Hour and tell us how we can protect ourselves from them and what we should do if we witness these Fitnahs (Trials)? May Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: There are many Signs of the Hour, and some of them are included in the answer that the Prophet (peace be upon him) gave to Jibreel (Gabriel, peace be upon him) when he asked him about the Signs of the Hour: “When a slave gives birth to her master. When the black camel herders compete in (the construction of) tall buildings.” The signs also include… read more here.

What should be done during the time of Fitan?

Question: Is this the time meant by the Hadeeth of the Prophet in which one of the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) asked the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “What should I do when Fitnah (trial) and division increase?” and he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) replied, “Detach yourself from the people, and sit in your house”? In the “Saheeh (Book of Authentic Hadeeth)”, in “Kitaab Al-Fitan (Book on Trials)”, under: “What will happen if there is no Caliph”, there is a Hadeeth that says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told the people to detach themselves from others when calamities strike, and he said, “Even if you have to bite (i.e. eat) tree roots.” Please explain this Hadeeth and the scholars’ opinions on it.

Answer: In the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) and elsewhere, with the following wording from Al-Bukhaaree, it is reported on the authority of ‘Aboo Idrees Al-Khawlaanee that he heard Huthayfah ibn Al-Yammaan say… read more here.

The Fitnah intended by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when pointing to the east

Question: What is the meaning of the word “Fitnah” which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) mentioned in the following Hadeeth: It is reported that `Abd Allaah ibn `Umar heard Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) turning his face towards the east and saying: Behold, Fitnah will appear from this side where the horns of Satan will appear.?

Answer: The meaning of the word “Fitnah” here is Kufr (disbelief). It is reported in the narration of Muslim, on the authority of ‘Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: The summit of Fitnah (disbelief) is towards the east. He said, “The words ‘The summit of disbelief’ mean that the worst form of Kufr (disbelief) will appear in the east.”… read more here.

The day when Muslims will gain victory over the Jews

Question: Is the Hadeeth that says: “There will come a day when Muslims will gain victory over the Jews, and then a stone behind which a Jew may hide, will speak and call the believer to go and kill the Jew hiding behind it” authentic?

Answer: It was reported that Ibn `Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them both) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saying: ‘You (i.e. Muslims) will fight against the Jews and you will gain victory over them. The stones will (betray them) saying: ‘O ‘Abd Allaah (i.e. slave of Allaah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.’ This Hadeeth was reported by Al-Bukhaaree… read more here.

The meaning of ‘Mudillat Al-Fitan’

Question: What is the meaning of Mudillat Al-Fitan (deluding trials), and what is the meaning of the statement ‘this Fitnah (Trial) is from Allaah to His servant’? 

Answer: First, Mudillat Al-Fitan signifies the trials which may befall a person and cause him to deviate from Al-Siraat-ul-Mustaqeem (the Straight Path). Examples of these Fitnah include doubtful matters that mislead and turn the person away from the truth; evil callers who mix truth with falsehood and attract the attention of weak-willed persons through their eloquence; and illness or poverty about which the person feels despondent and impatient, making him discontent with the Divine Decree… read more here.

The return of the soul in the Worldly life

Question: I would like to tell Your Eminence that I have read the book entitled Al-Qawl Al-Jalyee fee Hukm Al-Tawassul bil-Nabee wa Al-Walee by the Salafee Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Salaam Khadir. This book was corrected, and some comments were added to it by Shaykh Ismaa`eel Al-Ansaree, and it was printed by the press of Presidency of the Departments of Scholarly Research, Ifta’, Da`wah and Guidance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

On the twelfth page I found the following narration: What is reported by Ibn Abul-Dunya with his Sanad on the authority of Thaabit on the authority of Anas who said: We visited a man from Al-Ansaar, and he was sick and unable to move, so we did not leave till he died, we covered his body with some of his clothes. He then said: I unveiled his face, and we did not leave until we ate with him.

Kindly, what is your opinion regarding this? Is it possible to return the soul by seeking the help of one of the `Awliyaa’? I hope you explain this issue in the light of texts of the Qur’aan and Sunnah, may Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) guide and bless you and us with good, and make the Hereafter better for you than this worldly life.

Answer: Firstly, this story is utterly baseless, for which we know not any evidence. Supposing that it is valid, it could be said that the act of death that happened was not real as far as these people… read more here.

A paper containing four Aayaat of the Qur’aan

Question: I received a message from a unanimous person on my Saudi mobile phone number in Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah. You will find it attached with my letter. As you see, this message includes four Aayaat of the Qur’an, the Book that falsehood cannot come to it from before it or behind it, and this has been mentioned in the introduction. The sender clarifies various, great and fantastical benefits that will be achieved for whoever prints and distributes the message within four days. He has quoted examples of welfare achieved by the people who have printed the message and other examples of distresses inflicted on others who have neglected it.

I know that we should maintain the Noble Qur’aan and act according to it anyhow, but what worries me is the method by which the sender has sent this message, illustrating the tremendous welfare that will be earned for whoever distributes the message, and the great evil that will befall whoever neglects it. I know that good and evil are in the Hand of Allaah (i.e. by His Will), and that nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allaah has ordained for us. I also remember something happened several years ago when people distributed a similar message claiming it was from Shaykh Ahmad, one of the guards of the Masjid (mosque) of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). At the time, Your Eminence explained the truth in newspapers and clarified the ruling on this issue. This is why I am sending this letter to Your Eminence, hoping that you will inform me of the ruling. May Allaah reward you the best of rewards on behalf of Islaam and Muslims!

Answer: Identifying the immediate or deferred reward or punishment of writing or reciting Aayaat of the Qur’aan is of the matters in which knowledge is entitled to Allaah Alone, as it is among the secrets of the unseen that Allaah has taken unto Himself… read more here.

The Bid`ah of the so-called Shaykh Ahmad

Question: We always receive anonymous letters urging us to pay Sadaqah (voluntary charity) as the end of the world is imminent. I wonder: Is the payment of Sadaqah the only thing that protects us from the punishment in the Hereafter; or can it delay the Resurrection Day? Recently, we have received an unsealed letter written in French, from the Republic of Senegal with no sign indicating its issuing authority. In this letter it is written that the Imaam of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Shaykh Ahmad, sawthe Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in a dream after reciting the Noble Qur’aan on Friday morning in Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque). He claims that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told him that six thousand people had died that week and none of them entered Jannah (Paradise). This is because the rich do not pay Zakaah or Sadaqah to those who deserve it; women do not obey their husbands and children are not dutiful to their parents; Muslims do not mention Allaah often nor do they perform Hajj. The Prophet also, allegedly, added that the Hour has approached, gates of forgiveness are closed, and the world has come to an end; therefore it is strongly recommended that we regularly fast on Mondays for one month and recite the Qur’aan for it will eventually disappear. The sign of its disappearance is the appearance of a star different from the other stars and that the sun will stay in the middle of the sky. The letter further recommends whoever reads it to pass the message on to others. As a reward, Allaah will provide them from sources they can never imagine. If the person is in debt, Allaah will make it easy for him to repay it and on the Day of Judgment he will be in Jannah (Paradise) with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It also promises whoever passes this message on with peace of mind and fearlessness of death, if they are truthful. The letter also stresses that Jannah cannot be attained without effort, labor and obedience to Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). It warns whoever does not pass on this message against a life of poverty and indebtedness, their dying as hypocrites and being close to the people of the Hellfire. We believe that entering Jannah and our worldly provision are due to Allaah’s (Exalted be He) Bounty and Mercy. We believe that He may punish us in this worldly life and the Hereafter by His Justice. It is not due to our beauty, wealth or children that Allaah provides for us and shows us mercy. It is rather through our fear of Allaah that induces obedience to Him and urges us to recite the Qur’aan. Comprehending the meanings of the Qur’aan is what makes us hope for Allaah’s Mercy in this worldly life and the Hereafter. Allaah says, O you who believe! Endure and be more patient (than your enemy), and guard your territory by stationing army units permanently at the places from where the enemy can attack you, and fear Allaah, so that you may be successful. He also says: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion.

Materials of this nature could divert willing non-Muslims from embracing Islaam, not to mention our inappropriate attitudes towards them which contradict Islaamic humane teachings. At present, some Muslim countries lack the application of the true spirit of Islam, which non-Islaamic countries unknowingly apply.

Answer: There is no Imaam in Al-Madeenah called Shaykh Ahmad. It is a principality and there is a government that runs all its administrative affairs. The current Imaam of Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee is Shaykh `Abd Al-`Azeez ibn Saalih We do not know any Imam of Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee called Shaykh Ahmad… read more here.

The circulated papers concerning the servant of the Prophet’s room (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

Question: The questioner said that they had received a paper which said that Shaykh Ahmad, the servant of the Prophet’s room, saw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in a dream. He said that he told him about the increase of corruption in the world and that every Friday, 160,000 people from the Ummah (Muslim nation) die, who are following something other than Islaam. He also told him about some of the signs of the Hour, which is near, and asked him to give this advice to people. He said that those who believed this message and made an effort to spread it would be granted many favors, and threatened those who denied, hid, or did not tell people what he saw in his Ru’yaa (true dream).

Answer: It is possible for a Muslim to see the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in a dream in the form and shape that Allaah created him. This would be a true Ru’yaa, because Satan cannot imitate him, according to what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said… read more here.

Ruling on carrying a corpse while reciting the verses of Al-Burdah

Question: What is the ruling in a funeral on carrying a bier and reciting the Al-Burdah poem, written by Al-Busyree, and eating food prepared by the bereaved family?

Answer: Reciting the Al-Burdah poem or anything else, whether it is from the Qur’aan or Nashid (Islamic songs), during a funeral procession is Bid`ah (a rejected innovation in religion). This is forbidden, due to the narration in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said… read more here.

Playing with snakes, performing sorcery and selling amulets

Question: I am a Muslim, as are my parents and grandparents. I believe in Islaam in my heart, have Eemaan (Faith), do good deeds, and behave in accordance with the teachings of Islaam, except that which I have no knowledge of. I have two Muslim friends; one of them follows the Al-`Uloowiyyah Tareeqah (Sufi order), which is named after Shaykh Ibn `Ulwah Al-Mustaghnee. He established a number of Sufi Zawiya (lodges) that are all called Masjid Al-Zuhd. I have other friends following the Hamdawah Tareeqah, and they play with fire and practice magic. Other friends of mine follow the `Issawah Tareeqah and they tame snakes, practice magic, and sell amulets to protect the people from snakes and from being harmed by the Jinn (creatures created from fire), etc. Another one of my brothers is a fighter in the National Liberation Front and another has joined the Muslim Scouts. Which of these Tariqahs is the most correct? Will the followers of these paths be rewarded or called to account due to their practices, and what is the evidence for that? Please guide me to the truth, as I cannot decide which path is correct and which is wrong, maybe because I am not well-versed in Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). Is there any good in these superstitions; if they are really superstitions?

Answer: The sound path is the path of Islaam, which was revealed in the Qur’aan and clarified by the Messenger of Allaah, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). This way necessitates belief in Allaah, His Angels, Books, Messengers, the Last Day, and the Divine Decree, whether good or bad, sweet or bitter. It also entails a declaration of the Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith), testifying to Tawheed (the Oneness of Allaah) and to the Message of Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to all the people, establishing Salaah (Prayer), paying Zakaah (obligatory charity), Sawm (Fasting) in Ramadaan, and performing Hajj to the Ka`bah (in Makkah). Islaam requires enjoining what is good, forbidding what is evil, striving to support Islaam, being patient on experiencing hardship while protecting and spreading it, adhering to the Muslim mainstream, loving and hating for the Sake of Allaah, and other teachings revealed through the Qur’aan and the Sunnah… read more here.

The beliefs of some grave worshippers

Question: I was told that in Algeria, there are people known for their holding graves in veneration. They adopt false beliefs with regard to graves like performing Tawaf (circumambulation) around them three times in their cars thinking this will avert any harm from the passengers. Also, a man among them recites an invocation on the stone placed under the dead person’s head saying, ‘You so-and-so when asked the following questions…’ – then, he mentions the questions and adds, ‘If asked these questions, answer them in the following manner and do not lose answer lest you should be one of the losers. If you answer, I guarantee Paradise for you and you will be rightly guided etc.

What is the ruling on these deeds? Is it permissible to pray behind them or deal with them when necessary?

Answer: Their deeds which you have mentioned are Bid`ahs (innovations in religion)and their circumambulating the grave is an abominable act and Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Where is the grave of Al-Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with him)?

Question: The Egyptians claim that the head of Al-Husayn is buried in Egypt, and the Iraqi’s have a Masjid (mosque) that they call Al-Mashhad Al-Husaynee. I do not know how true that is. Where is the grave of Al-Husayn, according to the preponderant opinion?

Answer: Al-Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with him) was killed in Iraq in Muharram, 61 A.H. And his body was buried in Iraq… read more here.

Saying: “`Alee (may Allaah honor his face)”

Question: What is the degree of authenticity of the people’s saying: ” `Alee, may Allaah honor his face”?

Answer: There is no basis (i.e. from the Book or Sunnah) for specifying this saying to `Alee (may Allaah be pleased with him). Rather, it is of the excessive reverence of Shiites for him… read more here.

He who says 200 times: “Verily, (Allaah) is Able to bring him back”, will find his lost object

Question: If someone loses something and says: Verily, (Allaah) is Able to bring him back (to life)! 200 times, will what was lost be returned or not?

Answer: This is not confirmed in the Book of Allaah or the Saheeh (authentic) Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and it is not an ordinary reason for lost items to be returned; instead it is using the Qur’aan for something other than what was revealed for… read more here.

Banquets offered for the sake of Awliyaa’

Question: What is the ruling on banquets held annually in the honor of Awliyaa’ (pious people)? In our country, there are banquets for which people pay a lot of money, and naive people believe that this is obligatory for them.

Answer: It is not permissible to make banquets in the name of Awliyaa’, because this is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion). It is authentically reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: Anyone who does an action which is not in accordance with this matter of ours (Islaam) will have it rejected. Similarly, it is not permissible for Muslims to attend such banquets as it is a kind of cooperation in sin and transgression… read more here.

Putting one’s belongings on the graves of righteous persons out of fear of losing them

Question: Some people leave their trusts and possessions by the graves of pious people, thinking that the dead will guard them and that they will not be stolen, rifled, or taken.

Answer: Believing that the dead can guard what is put by their graves is open Kufr (disbelief) and also involves Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) that merits, for those who die while still doing this, eternity in the Fire… read more here.

Seeking cure through the water of a well called Ayyoob’s Well

Question: A shaykh told me that one of the shuyookh who had passed away appeared to his father and to another man in a Ru’yaa (true dream), and told his father to build a shrine for him. So he did, and his dead body was found intact and unaltered. It is known that these shrines are frequented by people, and this might lead them to Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) as stated by Ibn Taymiyyah. 

People circumambulate these shrines and supplicate to Allaah through them. Some Sufis told me that if a shaykh dies without performing a Karaamah (an extraordinary event caused by Allaah for or through a pious person), he appears to one of the leaders in a Ru’yaa and orders him to build a shrine for him. This is impermissible in Sharee`ah according to the opinion of the Salaf (righteous predecessors). Is the one that appears in the Ru’yaa the shaykh or Satan? Can we believe in this and carry out this order?

Answer: This story is not true. The place where Ayyoob washed his body is unknown… read more here.

Seeking cure through the water of a well called Ayyoob’s Well

Question: In Egypt, there is a spring in Sinai said to be the same spring at which Allaah enjoined Prophet Ayyoob to strike the ground with his foot when he was afflicted with a disease then Allaah (Exalted be He) cured him. A woman in our neighborhood was afflicted with a disease and wanted to go to the spring to strike the ground with her foot just as Ayyoob, Allaah’s Prophet, (peace be upon him) did. Is it permissible for her to wash with the water of this spring to be cured? Or would it be Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) and Isti`aanah (Seeking help) from things other than Allaah?

Answer: This story is not true. The place where Ayyoob washed his body is unknown… read more here.

Performing Salaah behind an Imaam who keeps committing Bid`ah

Question: Is it permissible to offer Salaah (Prayer) behind an Imaam who makes amulets for others? Also, in times of drought, he tells people to buy a ram or a cow and slaughter it for the children to eat to make the rain fall. Is it permissible to offer Salaah behind an Imaam who makes vows and slaughters animals for the sake of other than Allaah (Exalted be He)?

Answer: Firstly, It is permissible to offer Salaah behind an Imaam who makes amulets containing Aayaat from the Qur’aan and lawful supplications. However, they should not write them, because it is not permissible to wear them; if the amulets contain matters of Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship)… read more here.

Removing shoes during greetings, for example, Scholars of Islaam; based upon Soorah Taa-Haa: “So take off your shoes”

Question: What is the ruling on taking off shoes upon greeting anyone, for some scholars see that this is permissible citing Allaah’s saying in Soorah Taa-Haa: So take off your shoes Is this true?

Answer: It is not permissible to take off shoes upon greeting as far as texts of the Qur’aan and Sunnah are concerned… read more here.

Do the pigeons of Makkah and Madeenah have a special privilege?

Question: I heard a pilgrim saying that when any pigeon of Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah is about to die, it flies to Makkah and soars above the Ka`bah as a farewell to it, then it dies after flying a few miles away. Is this true or not? Appreciate your guidance.

Answer: There is nothing special about the pigeons of Al-Madeenah or that of Makkah. They are not different from any other pigeons, except in the fact that it is impermissible to hunt or disturb them when one is in Ihraam (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) so long as a person is within the Haraam (sanctuary) of Makkah or that of Al-Madeenah… read more here.