Animal Sacrifice
Question :

Is it obligatory to give one-third of the sacrificial animal as charity?

Answer :

It is not obligatory to give one-third of the sacrificed animal to charity; it is recommended to do so.

Using Jewelry for Hajj
Question :

I am a housewife and my husband borrowed some money from his friends and has not paid them back yet. Can I go for Hajj by selling some of my jewelry that he gave me many years ago, while my husband has an unpaid debt?

Answer :

If you own the jewelry, then it is permissible to sell them and use the money to go for Hajj.

Kaffara for Using Perfume
Question :

What is the kaffara of eating or using perfume in ihram?

Answer :

It is prohibited for the person during ihram to use musk, amber, saffron and waras; it is also prohibited to use camphor based on obligatory precaution. It is disliked to use other kinds of perfumes and scents.
The kaffara for eating food that contains such scents is to slaughter a goat or sheep for the needy people. When one eats more than once, he should repeatedly pay the kaffara. Based on an obligatory precaution one should give the said kaffara for other usages of the mentioned perfumes and scents during ihram.

Shaving the Hair in Pilgrimage
Question :

I have performed my first Hajj, and I did the Taqseer of my hair based on what I have read, and not Halq (complete shaving). Is this sufficient?

Answer :

One who performs the pilgrimage (Hajj) for the first time must shave the hair (halq) and not shorten it (taqseer). Since you did not deliberately contravene the ruling, then your pilgrimage is in order and you are not liable for Kaffara.

Circumcision
Question :

I am from a Muslim family, but my father died when I was young and I was brought up by my non-Muslim mother. I am now in my 30s. I am not circumcised but have been told this is necessary for Hajj. I have also been told that to be circumcised later in life is dangerous. Can I therefore do Hajj without being circumcised?

Answer :

Such an operation is not dangerous usually, and it is a fairly simple one. Pilgrimage is not valid without circumcision.

Hajj and Khums
Question :

I work for a retail company in the West, and they pay my wages directly into my bank account. This money has never been withdrawn by me and has sat in my account since it was transferred. I do transfer a part of it into another savings account through the internet every month. After a year of transferring, but never withdrawing and holding the money physically, will this money be subject to Khums, and is Hajj obligatory on me if there is enough in the savings account to cover Hajj costs?

Answer :

If you work in a state establishment and your salary is transferred directly to a state-owned bank, then the laws of khums and Hajj do not apply on the salary. They both apply on amounts that you withdraw from the bank. Both conditions must be present (working for the state and the bank being owned by the state) in order for this ruling to apply.
If one of the two conditions are not fulfilled, like if you work for a private establishment or the amount is transferred to a private bank, or both of them are not present, the regular laws of Khums and Hajj apply. That is, if the amount adds up to what is sufficient to cover the cost of Hajj, it becomes obligatory. Likewise, Khums has to be paid from the unused portion of it at the end of the Khums year.

Going to Hajj without Paying Khums
Question :

If a person has not paid Khums yet, and meanwhile he performs obligatory Hajj, will his Hajj be valid?

Answer :

His pilgrimage is valid. He must hasten to pay Khums.

Marriage and Pilgrimage
Question :

I am currently saving money for my marriage. If by the time the month for Hajj comes and I have enough money to go, but I need the money for marriage, what should I do?

Answer :

If there is a need to marry in such a way that not getting married or delaying it will cause hardship, pilgrimage will not be obligatory. Otherwise, pilgrimage must be performed first.

Umrah on Behalf of More than One Person
Question :

Can one perform Umrah on behalf of more than one living person?

Answer :

It is permissible to perform a recommended Umrah on behalf of more than one person, whether they are alive or not.

Resting Before Tawaf
Question :

After entering Ihram, if one proceeds to Makkah, is he allowed to rest for some time in a hotel when he reaches Makkah before performing the Tawaf?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible.

Shaving the Head for Umrah
Question :

If a person is performing Umrah al-Tamattu, is he required to shave his head?

Answer :

It is prohibited to shave the head in Umrah al-Tamattu. One must perform Taqseer, i.e. cut some hair from the head.

Performing a Second Umrah
Question :

When performing Umrah, does one have to go to the Meeqaat for Ihram when performing Umrah again on behalf of someone else?

Answer :

For someone who finished the Umrah, it is sufficient to go to Tan’eem (the closest Meeqat to Mecca) in order to undertake Ihram for another Umrah.

Sa'ee
Question :

In relation to Sa’ee in Hajj, as you know the original section of the Sa’ee area has been made wider. Is it permissible to walk in this extended wider area when walking from Safa to Marwa?

Answer :

If the government enforces the Sa’ee in such a way that one is not allowed to walk back and forth the way he could previously, then it is sufficient to perform the Sa’ee in the new added area. However, based on compulsory precaution, one should not walk from Safa to Marwa within five meters of the far right side.

Umrah on Behalf of Someone
Question :

For performing Umrah on behalf of somebody else, does the performer have to form the intention of Umrah Mufradah for such-and-such person, or is just the intention of Umrah sufficient?

Answer :

It is sufficient to intend to perform the Umrah on behalf of somebody else. Mentioning their individual names is not obligatory.

Umrah by Proxy
Question :

Is one allowed to perform the Umrah on behalf of his deceased relatives and friends?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible.

Umrah Mufradah
Question :

In Umrah Mufradah, if a person has performed Umrah for himself, and if he wants to perform Umrah on behalf of somebody else, can he perform it the next day, and in the same month?

Answer :

It is permissible.

Spending the Night in Haram
Question :

If one chooses to spend the night in the Haram in Mecca instead of going to Mina, what time should he or she start? Can he or she start around 10:00 pm until Fajr? Would that suffice?

Answer :

It is permissible for the pilgrim to stay overnight in Mecca while he is busy in worshipping, instead of Mina. The amount of time mentioned in the question is sufficient.

Muzdalifa
Question :

If the caravan from Arafat passes by Muzdalifa at 8:00 pm on the 9th of Thul-Hijjah, can the caravan leave Muzdalifa and come back to it before the intention of Wuquf or must they stay in Muzdalifa?

Answer :

It is obligatory to stay in Muzdalifa until after the time of Fajr. Based on compulsory precaution, the pilgrim should stay there from the middle of the night until the spread of the light after Fajr that allows pilgrims to see their way, but it is better to stay until after sunrise.

Carrying Sharp Objects During Tawaf
Question :

During Tawaf can a person carry scissors, a blade or knife with him as it is required for Taqseer?

Answer :

Yes, it is permissible.

Clothes with Buttons
Question :

What is the ruling if the Ihram clothes have plastic buttons?

Answer :

It is prohibited for the person during Ihram to wear clothes with buttons.