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f:215 -    What to do if someone is stopped on the way to Makkah
Country : Saudi Arabia,
Name : Abdullah
Question:     A certain person wore the Ihram and started for Makkah with the intention of Umrah, but he was stopped at the check post.  Now what should he do? As he could not reach Makkah Mukarramah, how should he remove his Ihram?
Answer:     If any person wears the Ihram and starts for Makkah Mukarramah, but for some reason cannot enter Makkah Mukarramah, the way your friend was stopped at a check post, and could not perform Umrah, then the Shariah ruling for such a person is that he (or she) should make somebody his representative and that person should sacrifice an animal in Makkah on behalf of that person.  When that has been performed, then that person should shave his (or her) head (Halaq) and then open the Ihram.  Later, as per convenience, the Qadha of the Umrah should be performed.  As given in the Holy Quran:

And complete the Hajj or `Umrah in the service of Allah. But if ye are prevented (from completing it) send an offering for sacrifice, such as ye may find and do not shave your heads until the offering reaches the place of sacrifice. And if any of you is ill or has an ailment in his scalp, (necessitating shaving) (he should) in compensation either fast, or feed the poor, or offer sacrifice; and when ye are in peaceful conditions (again) if anyone wishes to continue the 'Umrah on to the Hajj, he must make an offering such as he can afford, but if he cannot afford it, he should fast three days during the Hajj and seven days on his return making ten days in all. This is for those whose household is not in (the precincts of) the Sacred Mosque. And fear Allah, and know that Allah is strict in punishment. (196) Surah Baqarah (2:196)

There is a Hadith in Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaiba:

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat 'Abdullah bin Yazeed (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said that we started with the intention of Umrah.  When we reached “Dhat Us Suquf,” one of our fellow travelers was bitten by a snake.  We stopped on the way to find out the ruling here.  Hadhrat 'Abdullah bin Mas'ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) was also present in the caravan.  When we said him that one of our friends was bitten by a snake, then Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mas'ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) said: You decide with your friends a common day for sacrifice of an animal, so that your friend may send an animal.  When the animal is sacrificed, then your friend may remove the Ihram and your friend should perform the Qadha of the Umrah.  (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaiba, Kitab Ul Haj)

Thus, your friend should do the same.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]

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