Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings (Fiqh)
Fatwa#: 31575
Asked Country: South Africa

Answered Date: Jul 02,2014

Title: Multiple questions regarding ‘umrah


1. Can I be a Marham for my mother in law for umrah?

2.  Which is more virtuos, to perform multiple umrahs  or doing more tawaaf? 

3. Can I carry a backpack on my back while in Ihram?  

4.In makkah can a lady read namaaz with the haram jamaat but from the hotel room?

5.Can a lady make tawaaf  without  her husband or Marham?


In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1. A son-in-law is a mahram for his mother-in-law. One may travel with the mother-in-law on condition that there is no fear of fitna, especially when the mother-in-law is relatively young. As such, the son-in-law should exercise precaution.

2. It is more virtuous to perform more tawāfs than performing more nafl ‘umrahs[1]. However, this does not mean that one should completely negate performing nafl ‘umrah.

3. Yes.[2]

4. No, she cannot join the salāh of the Haram from her hotel room.  

5. It is advisable that a woman be accompanied by a mahram during tawāf. However, if she performs tawāf by herself, it will be valid.

And Allah Ta‘āla Knows Best

Fahad Abdul Wahab 

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai. 





[1] فِي شَرْحِ الْمُرْشِدِيِّ عَلَى الْكَنْزِ قَوْلُهُمْ إنَّ الصَّلَاةَ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ الطَّوَافِ لَيْسَ مُرَادُهُمْ بِهِ أَنَّ صَلَاةَ رَكْعَتَيْنِ مَثَلًا أَفْضَلُ مِنْ أَدَاءِ أُسْبُوعٍ لِأَنَّ الْأُسْبُوعَ مُشْتَمِلٌ عَلَى رَكْعَتَيْنِ مَعَ زِيَادَةٍ بَلْ مُرَادُهُمْ بِهِ أَنَّ الزَّمَنَ الَّذِي يُؤَدِّي فِيهِ أُسْبُوعًا هَلْ الْأَفْضَلُ فِيهِ أَنْ يَصْرِفَهُ لِلطَّوَافِ أَمْ يَشْغَلُهُ بِالصَّلَاةِ اهـ وَنَظِيرُهُ مَا أَجَابَ بِهِ الْعَلَّامَةُ الْقَاضِي إبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ ظَهِيرَةَ الْمَكِّيُّ حَيْثُ سُئِلَ هَلْ الْأَفْضَلُ الطَّوَافُ أَوْ الْعُمْرَةُ مِنْ أَنَّ الْأَرْجَحَ تَفْضِيلُ الطَّوَافِ عَلَى الْعُمْرَةِ إذَا شَغَلَ بِهِ مِقْدَارَ زَمَنِ الْعُمْرَةِ إلَّا إذَا قِيلَ إنَّهَا لَا تَقَعُ إلَّا فَرْضَ كِفَايَةٍ فَلَا يَكُونُ الْحُكْمُ كَذَلِكَ

[رد المحتار ج٢ ص٥٠٢ ايج ايم سيعد] [منحة الخالق على بحر الرائق ج٢ ص٣٣٥ ايج ايم سعيد]


وإكثار الطواف أفضل من إكثار الاعتمار لكونه مقصودا بالذات ولمشروعيتة في جميع الحالات.....

[غنيتة الناسك في بغية المناسك ص٢٠٠/١٣٨ إدارة القرآن والعلوم الأسلامية]


...وهذا المعنى موجود في الطواف، فكان اشتغالهم به أولى من العمرة، إذ هو المقصود منها ، فان معنى العمرة زيارة البيت، والطواف تحيته.....

[البحر العميق ج٣ ص١٣١٦-١٣٢٠ مؤسسة الريان]


[2]و لَا بَأْسَ بِشَدِّ الْهِمْيَانِ أَوْ الْمِنْطَقَةِ لِلْمُحْرِمِ سَوَاءٌ كَانَ فِي الْهِمْيَانِ نَفَقَتُهُ أَوْ نَفَقَةُ غَيْرِهِ، وَسَوَاءٌ كَانَ شَدُّ الْمِنْطَقَةِ بِالْإِبْرَيْسَمِ أَوْ بِالسُّيُورِ هَكَذَا فِي الْبَدَائِعِ وَالسِّرَاجِ الْوَهَّاجِ

[الفتاوي الهندية ج١ ص٢٢٤ مكتبة رشيدية]

فتاوي محمودية ج١٥ ص٤٩٤ مكتبة محمودية


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