Vowing to visit Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee

Question 28: When my sister became ill, my paternal grandmother vowed that if my sister recovered, she would take her to visit Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah). However, my grandmother died before fulfilling her vow (may Allaah have mercy on her). Should I take my sister to visit Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee to fulfill my late grandmother’s vow, In shaa’-Allaah (if Allaah wills)? If this is not permissible, what should I do? Please advise concerning this. Al-salaamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaah wabarakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!)

Answer: There is nothing wrong in taking your sister to visit Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee after her recovery to fulfill your grandmother’s vow, as it is a vow to do an act of obedience. It was authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he said: A person who vows to obey Allaah should do so.… read more here.

Visiting Masjid Qubaa’ and Masjid Al-Baqee‘

Question 27: Desirability of visiting Masjid Qubaa’ and Al-Baqee`.

Answer: It is desirable for the person who visits Al-Madeenah to visit the Masjid (mosque) of Qubaa’ and to offer Salaah (Prayer) there because of the Hadeeth related in the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with them) who said: The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to visit Masjid Qubaa’, either mounted or on foot, and would offer two Rak‘ahs (of supererogatory prayer) in it. It is related from Sahl ibn Hunayf (may Allaah be pleased with him)that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said:  If a person purifies themselves at home then goes to Masjid Qubaa’ to offer Salaah, they will receive a reward equal to that of performing ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage). … read more here.

Hajj performed by a Mushrik

Question 26: A Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship) performed Hajj and a long time after their return from Hajj, Allaah guided them to the sound ‘Aqeedah (creed) and ‘Ibaadah (worship). They repented to Allaah and became a true monotheist. Will the Hajj they performed while they were a Mushrik suffice them or must they perform another Hajj after correcting their Tawheed (belief in the Oneness of Allaah)?

Answer: If anyone performs Hajj while committing major Kufr (disbelief) and then returns to Islaam, their Hajj will not count as the obligatory Hajj of Islaam. However, if a Muslim apostatizes by committing an act that takes them out of Islaam and then they make Tawbah (repentance to Allaah) and return to Islaam, their Hajj will count as the obligatory Hajj of Islaam… read more here.

Ruling on changing names after Hajj

Question 25: What is the ruling on a person changing their name like most of the Indonesian pilgrims do? Indonesians are used to changing their names when they go to Makkah Al-Mukarramah or Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah. Is this an act of Sunnah or not?

Answer:  The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to change the bad names to good ones. If the pilgrims of Indonesia are changing their names for this purpose, not for finishing the rituals of Hajj or their visit to Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah) to offer Salaah (Prayer) therein, then this is permissible. On the other hand, if they are changing their names because they are in Makkah or Al-Madeenah or for finishing the rituals of Hajj, for example, then this is a Bidd‘ah (innovation in religion) and not an act of Sunnah… read more here.

Celebrating traveling to or returning from Hajj

Question 24: What is the ruling on what some Muslims do nowadays when performing the obligatory act of Hajj at Makkah Al-Mukarramah. Before they leave their homes for Hajj, they slaughter goats etc., and prepare food. They also celebrate lavishly their return from Hajj, especially on the first Jumu‘ah (Friday) Prayer after returning from Hajj. At these celebrations, drums are beaten and people dance, and there is free intermixing of men and women. Does this conform with Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law)? Please enlighten us with your written answer so that we can distribute it among Muslims. May Allaah provide you with all support to protect Islam everywhere.

Answer: All that is mentioned in the question regarding celebrating the occasions of traveling to or returning from Hajj in a way that involves drums, pipes, singing, or free intermixing of men and women is Haraam (prohibited), as it involves many evils and Munkar (acts which are unacceptable or disapproved of by Islaamic law and Muslims of sound intellect)… read more here.