Saturday, October 2, 2010
Ruling that apply only to woman during Hajj
"Your Jihad is Hajj"
Rulings that apply Only to Women during Hajj
Some women are ignorant of the fact that Hajj is obligatory for them; some know that but they procrastinate until death takes them unawares and they have failed to go for Hajj; and some of them do not understand any of the rituals so they do things that are haraam and may even invalidate their Hajj without realizing.
Allaah is the One Whose help we seek.
Hajj is a duty that Allaah has enjoined upon His slaves, it is the fifth pillar of Islam and it is the jihad of women, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to Aaishah (may Allaah be pleased with her): “Your jihad is Hajj.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari.
There follows some advice and the rulings that apply specifically to women who want to do Hajj. These are things that will help to make your Hajj acceptable, and an accepted Hajj, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “brings no less a reward than Paradise.” Agreed upon.
1 – Sincerity towards Allaah is a condition of any act of worship, including Hajj, being valid and acceptable. So be sincere towards Allaah in your Hajj and beware of showing off, for showing off invalidates good deeds and brings punishment.
2 – Following the Sunnah and doing actions in accordance with the teachings of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is the second condition of actions being valid and acceptable, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Whoever does any action that is not in accordance with this matter of ours, will have it rejected.” Narrated by Muslim.
This means that you should learn the rulings of Hajj according to the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), with the help of useful books which are based on saheeh evidence from the Qur’aan and Sunnah.
3 – Beware of major and minor shirk (association of others with Allaah), and of sin in all its forms. Major shirk means that a person goes beyond the pale of Islam, his good deeds are rendered invalid and that he is exposed to punishment. Minor shirk means that a persons good deeds are rendered invalid and he is exposed to punishment. Sin means that he is exposed to punishment.
4 – It is not permissible for a woman to travel for Hajj or for any other purpose without a mahram, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “No woman should travel without a mahram.” Agreed upon.
The mahram is the husband or any man whom a woman is forever forbidden to marry because of blood ties or radaaah (ties that result from breastfeeding) or ties through marriage. This is one of the conditions of Hajj being obligatory for women. If a woman does not have a mahram to travel with her, then she does not have to do Hajj.
5 – A woman may enter ihraam in whatever clothes she likes, black or any other colour, so long as she avoids wanton display (tabarruj) or clothes of fame and vanity such as tight, see-through, short, thin or decorated clothes. Women must also be careful to avoid clothes that resemble the clothes of men or the kuffaar.
Hence we know that there is no evidence for the practice of some of the common folk of choosing a specific colour for women to wear in ihraam, such as green or white; rather this is a kind of bidah (innovation) .
6 – After forming the intention for ihraam, it is haraam for the muhrimah (woman in ihraam) to put on any kind of perfume, whether on the body or clothes.
7 – It is haraam for the muhrimah to remove any hair from her head or body by any means, and to clip the nails.
8 – It is haraam for the muhrimah to wear the burqa or niqaab (kinds of face-veils), and to wear gloves, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Women (during Hajj) should not wear niqaab or gloves.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari.
9 – The muhrimah should not uncover her face or hands in front of non-mahram men using the excuse that the niqaab and gloves are among the things that are forbidden in ihraam, because they can cover their faces and hands with anything such as their clothes, scarves, etc.
Umm al-Mumineen Aaishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “The riders used to pass by us when we were with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in ihraam. When they came alongside us we would lower our jilbaabs from our heads over our faces, and when they had passed by we would uncover them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Hijaab al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah.
10 – Some women, when they enter ihraam, put something like a turban or clips on their heads, so that no part of the khimaar or jilbaab will cover their faces. This is going to trouble for which there is no need, because there is nothing wrong with the cover touching the face of the muhrimah.