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Chapter: Manners of ehram

Manners of ehram | 5. ehram for those who work in Arabia

Ehram for those who work in Arabia
Question : If the persons who work in Makkah Mukarramah or the citizens from there  go to “Taif Sharif” and on their return, is it necessary for them to  wear ihram for Haj or Umrah or not?
Answer : Keep this basic principle in mind that the people who reside in Makkah Sharif proceed outside from the limits of Haram  but well within the Miqaath (Jeddah Sharif, for example) there is no need for them to wear ihram on return. As per the Holy Hadith Nabi Kareem Sallallaahu Alaihi wasallam permitted the wood cutters (of Makkah) to enter Makkah. These wood cutters too never venture out beyond the Hul i.e. Miqaat and also it was their job during day and night, the objection could have arisen when permission would not have been granted.  (al Bada’e us sana’e, Volume 5, page: 32). If the residents of Makkah Sharif move out of the ‘limits of Haram Sharif’, beyond ‘Miqaat’ (for example Madinah, Taif, Riyadh etc.), then their return without wearing ihram was not permissible, that is because, the Holy Prophet  Sallallaahu Alaihi wasallam has said: “None should proceed beyond the Miqaath without wearing ehram”.
(Fatawa Alamgiri, Volume 1 Page 221, Raddul Muhtar 3  Page 554).
Question : If a person employed in Jeddah Sharif and for example, he comes from Pakistan to Jeddah for employment, then is wearing the ihram becomes imperative for him?
Answer : If the intention is only to go to Jeddah Sharif, ihram is not necessary. Moreover, he could go to Makkah Mukarramah also without wearing ihram. Therefore, a person who  wishes to enter the Haram without ihram may inclined to the fact that his earlier intention was to go to Jeddah Sharif, and that he has not come to Makkah  with the intention of Hajj or Umrah. For example, he goes to Jeddah Sharif for trading purpose, and after retiring from there, he intends to go to Makkah Mukarramah. Had he intended to go to Makkah in the beginning itself, then he could not go without wearing ihram. This inclination is not permissible for the one who performs Hajj on behalf of someone else. (Durr-e-Mukhtar, Raddul Muhtar, Volume 3, Page 552).