Changing one’s name after performing Hajj

Question: What is the ruling on changing one’s name like most of the Indonesian pilgrims do? Indonesians usually change their names when they go to Makkah Al-Mukarramah or Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah. Is this Sunnah (action following the teachings of the Prophet) or not?

Answer: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to change bad names to good ones. If the Indonesian pilgrims are changing their names for this purpose, and not for finishing the rituals of Hajj or their visiting Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah) and offering Salaah therein, then this is permissible… read more here.

Setting aside a certain bed or a Sofa until a pilgrim comes back to use it

Question: In our country, the family of a pilgrim sets aside for him a bed or a sofa. They cover it with clean and perfumed coverlets and place money and bottles of perfume around it. They prevent people from using it telling them that they cannot sit on it until the pilgrim returns from Hajj and use it first. After the pilgrim uses it, others may then sit on it. I hope that you can inform us about this practice. Many thanks to you, may Allaah benefit Muslims with your knowledge!

Answer: The actions mentioned above done by the family of a person intending to perform Hajj is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion). Setting aside a bed, washing it, covering and perfuming it and preventing people from sitting on it till the pilgrim returns from Hajj to be the first to sit on it, are acts of Bid`ah and instituting in religion that which Allaah has not ordained… read more here.

Saying: The door of the Ka`bah will not open if anyone other than Banoo Shaybah tries to open it

Question: One of my friends said that Banoo Shaybah are the custodians of the Ka`bah and that no one can open the door of the Ka`bah even if he has the keys unless he is one of them. He told me that a person who is not from Banoo Shaybah took the keys and tried to open the door, but the door would not open until they brought a baby from Banoo Shaybah and placed his hand on the key. Is this true?

Answer: Banoo Shaybah are the custodians of the Ka`bah. It is not true that the door of the Ka`bah will not open if anyone other than Banoo Shaybah tries to open it. What is mentioned about someone other than Banoo Shaybah who tried to open the door but failed to do so until they brought a baby from Banoo Shaybah who put his hand on the key and the door was opened is not true… read more here.

Is it permissible for us to appoint a group leader during the Hajj journey?

Question 25: Is it permissible for us to appoint a leader during the Hajj journey or not?

Answer: It is prescribed for a group of three or more travelers to appoint one of them as the leader. It was reported in the Sunan (Hadeeth compilations classified by jurisprudential themes) of ‘Aboo Daawood, on the authority of ‘Aboo Sa‘eed Al-Khudree (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

A woman, who did not perform the obligatory Hajj, deputized someone to perform Hajj on behalf of her mother

Question 22: A woman who has not performed Hajj for herself wants to pay someone from her money to perform Hajj on behalf of her mother. Is it permissible for her to give money to someone else to perform Hajj for her mother? She has not performed Hajj herself, because her husband and sons refuse to accompany her to perform it. Please advise us!

Answer: It is permissible for the woman mentioned in the question to pay an amount of money to be used for performing Hajj on behalf of her mother, if her mother has passed away or is unable to perform Hajj by herself due to her old age or incurable disease… read more here.

Is it obligatory on pilgrims to perform `Eed-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice) Prayer?

Question 21: some people take money (between 3,000 and 4,000 Saudi Riyals) to perform Hajj on behalf of another person, either because of illness or death of the person on whose behalf the Hajj is to be performed. The family of the person for whom a proxy Hajj is requested pays a sum of money to someone else to discharge this obligation on the part of their relative.The person performing the Hajj spends the usual sum on the Hajj expenses, such as buying the Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims) and other expenses, and takes the rest for themselves to pay their personal expenses, such as to buy provisions and suchlike. Is this correct? Is it permissible for a woman to perform such a Hajj? Also, should pilgrims offer Salaat-ul-‘Eed-ul-Adha (the Prayer for the Festival of the Sacrifice)?

Answer: It is permissible for someone to give another person a sum of money to perform Hajj on their behalf, either because they are unable to perform Hajj for themselves or for a deceased person, if the deputized person has already performed Hajj for themselves… read more here.

Is the Hajj performed by young people before getting married valid?

Question 11: What is the religious opinion on the people who perform Hajj, but are not paying for it out of their own money?

Question 11: Is it valid for a young person to perform Hajj before getting married?

Answer: Firstly, there is nothing wrong with Hajj performed at the expense of other individuals by way of Sadaqah (voluntary charity)… read more here.

Performing Hajj, if not making up for missed fasts of Ramadaan

Question 8: I would like to perform the obligatory duty of Hajj this year, but I have not made up for the days I missed during Ramadaan this year, because I was in my postpartum period and after that I was breastfeeding my baby. I therefore have been unable to make up for the days I missed before the time of Hajj.

Answer: It is obligatory on you to perform Hajj if you are able and you have a Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative). You can make up for the missed fasts from Ramadaan afterwards, In-shaa’a-Allaah (if Allaah wills)… read more here.

Perforiming Hajj with brother without husband’s consent

Question 7: My sister performed Hajj without her husband’s permission. He works in the police of Makkah Al-Mukarramah. When I passed by him at his workplace to inform him, he agreed, as he cannot accompany her. She was accompanied by her 18 year old brother. Is the Hajj performed by this woman valid or Baatil (null and void)? I did not know of this matter except after she went. This woman is from the desert and does not know that this act is Haraam (prohibited) and now she is confused. Please, advise us, may Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, her Hajj is valid for her husband’s permission is not necessary to perform an obligatory act… read more here.

Seeking husband’s permission for Hajj

Question 6: I am a married woman for forty years. I’ve been asking my husband to perform Hajj and he agrees. However, every time he goes to perform Hajj or `Umrah he changes his mind and prevents me from accompanying him to take care of his sheep and cattle. Although he performed Hajj more than five times, he refuses my request to travel with my sons in law. Is it permissible to travel for Hajj with my son in law in spite of my husband’s rejection?

Answer: If your situation with your husband is as you described, you are obliged to travel with the said Mahrams (unmarriageable relatives), even if your husband does not give you the permission and provided that you have never performed the obligatory Hajj… read more here.

If Hajj is only possible in the company of innovators?

Question 5: We would like to inform you that many of our Sunni Muslim brothers who live on the Persian coast are desirous of performing the Islaamic obligation of Hajj. The problem is that they cannot travel in the company of the Shiite Iranians for fear of disputes that might occur during the journey. In addition, the neighboring Arab governments do not allow them to travel via their airways. Is it permissible for them to send expenditures of the journey to other Muslim brothers of another country to perform Hajj on their behalf? Please clarify this matter as you issue your fatwaa. May Allaah reward you!

Answer: They are obliged to perform Hajj if they are financially and physically capable, even if they must travel in the company of the Shiites. However, they should exercise extreme caution lest they be deceived by the false Shiite doctrines… read more here.


Performing the obligatory Hajj straightway

Question 4: May I delay performing Hajj for one or two years, although I can perform it this year, for the sake of visiting my family? If I perform Hajj this year, I will be away from my wife and family for two years. The rites of Hajj will be in the middle of summer vacation and I will not be able to visit my family and perform Hajj at the same time. I will either perform Hajj or visit my family. Can I delay performing Hajj in order to visit my family? May Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: A Muslim should hasten to perform the obligatory Hajj as soon as one is able to. They do not know what impediments may arise in the coming years if they delay performing it. Allaah (Exalted be He) states: And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty… read more here.

When is trading permissible during the Hajj?

Question 3:  Are major sins forgiven by virtue of Hajj Mabroor (Hajj sincerely done, not mixed with any sin, and is accepted by Allaah)? When is trade permissible in Hajj?

Answer: Firstly, it is authentically reported in the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) on the authority of ‘Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said that he heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) saying, “Anyone who performs Hajj and does not use obscene language nor commits a sin, will return (pure of sin) as on the day their mother gave birth to them.” (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)… read more here.

Ruling on the Hajj

Question 2: Some people claim that there is no obligation to go to the holy lands to perform Hajj. They also say that whoever goes there, comes back more coarse and merciless. Most of these people are financially and physically capable of performing Hajj, but they are reluctant. What is the ruling on whoever says this? Do they come under the same mentioned Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) with regard to the fifth nullifier of Islaam?

Answer: Hajj is one of the pillars of Islaam. Whoever denies or resents it after the proof has come to him is a Kaafir (disbeliever) who should be asked to repent; if he repents, all is well and good, otherwise he should be killed… read more here.


When was Hajj prescribed?

Question 1: In which year, following the Hijrah (Prophet’s migration to Madeenah), was Hajj made obligatory? What is the most authentic report in this regard?

Answer: Scholars have differed concerning the year in which Hajj was made obligatory. It was said that it was in the fifth year after Hijrah. Others said that it was in the sixth year after Hijrah. It was also said that it was in the ninth or tenth year after Hijrah… read more here.

Should a woman whose postnatal bleeding stopped before the passage of forty days observe fast?

Question 9: My wife gave birth almost seven days before Ramadaan. She became Taahir (ritually pure) before the beginning of the month. Is her Sawm (fast) valid or should she make up for it? She said that she fasted once she was Taahir. Please answer me, may Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, and your wife fasted Ramadaan while she is Taahir, her Sawm is valid. There is no need to make up for it… read more here.