Daily Archives: April 15, 2013

A Stranger!

Bismillah.

When they make fun of you, laugh at your face
When following Allah’s commands is taken as a disgrace

When you feel like a stranger amidst a friendly crowd
When your heart aches to be away from what’s about

When for once, you want to put down the pretense
And tell them what you think, even if they take offence

When you know you have to be quiet only for Allah’s sake
Though you feel you just can’t bear it, you’re just ready to break

Then know you’re on the path that the Prophets tread on
The best people of this earth, they were Allah’s beloved ones

Think of Ibrahim, threatened by his own kin
Thrown into the fire, with no guilt or sin

Think of Nuh, carrying God’s Word for 950 years
Steadily carving his ship of refuge amid all the jeers

Think of Hud, scorned and rejected, openly by his own nation
Yet he placed his trust in He, Who has in His Hands forelocks of all creation

Think of Saalih, patiently showing proofs to clear every doubt
But they slaughtered the she-camel without shame of any amount

Think of Lut, stopping his people from committing the most heinous sin ever
He felt in need of support, it was more than he could endeavor

Think of Shu`aib, trying his best to teach people to be just
Telling them to place in only Allah their trust

Think of Musa, inviting the Pharaoh to Oneness of God
Pharaoh who himself claimed to be the greatest lord

Think of Yusuf, a lone child down the well
Later sent to jail, though no blame on him befell

Think of Muhammad, who endured more hardships than any other being
Abused, mocked, hurt, accused, still never thought of fleeing

So if among the people, you feel shivers and go cold
Loneliness overcomes you, you can’t take anymore

Remember you’re a stranger on this perishable land
Meant to go back to Him, Who is always close at hand

Stranger

May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon all His Prophets. Ameen.

Wassalam,
Hajrah.

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Changing Intention During Hajj (Hadith No. 1483)

Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 26, Number 783:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu):

Hafsa (radiallaahu `anhaa) said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam)! What is wrong with the people; they finished their Ihram after performing ‘Umra, but you have not finished it after your ‘Umra?” He replied, “I matted my hair and have garlanded my Hadi. So, I cannot finish my Ihram till I slaughter (my Hadi).”

Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) did not change his intention and continued with Qiraan, but he commanded others who had not brought the hadiy with them to change their intention to Tamattu`.
Question: can we change intention during Hajj or on our way to Hajj? A very simple answer is yes, and no. For details, read on.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz answered a question concerning the ruling on one who intends to do Hajj as Tamattu’ then after passing the Meeqaat he changes his mind and starts to recite Talbiyah with the intention of doing Hajj al-Ifraad – does he have to offer the sacrifice?

He said:

It depends. If his intention before reaching the Meeqaat had been to do Tamattu’, then after reaching the Meeqaat he changed his intention and entered ihraam for Hajj only [Ifraad], there is nothing wrong with that and he does not have to offer the fidyah (penalty). But if he had recited the Talbiyah with the intention of doing ‘Umrah and Hajj together from the Meeqaat or from before the Meeqaat, then he wanted to make it Hajj only, he cannot do that, but there is nothing to stop him making it ‘Umrah, but he cannot make it Hajj. Qiraan cannot be changed to Hajj (ifraad) but it can be changed to ‘Umrah because that is easier for the believer and because that is what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded.  So if a person enters the state of ihraam with the intention of doing ‘Umrah and Hajj together (Qiraan) from the Meeqaat, then he decides to make it Hajj only, he cannot do that but he can change it to ‘Umrah only, which is better for him. So he can do Tawaaf and Sa’ee, then cut his hair and exit the state of ihraam, then he can enter ihraam for Hajj, and thus he will be doing Tamattu’.

If the pilgrim who is doing tamattu’ is not able to do ‘umrah before Hajj, then he should change his intention from tamattu’ to qiraan, and intend to do Hajj and ‘umrah together.

This is what happened to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her). She was doing tamattu’, then her menses came and she was not able to do ‘umrah before Hajj, so she joined Hajj with ‘Umrah and it became qiraan. This was narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim.

It is not permissible for the pilgrim who is doing tamattu’ to change his intention to ifraad, because when he intended to do ‘umrah, it became binding upon him to complete it, because Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “And perform properly (i.e. all the ceremonies according to the ways of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), the Hajj and ‘Umrah (i.e. the pilgrimage to Makkah) for Allaah” [al-Baqarah 2:196].

The meaning of ifraad is that the pilgrim will not do ‘umrah; rather he will do Hajj only. Based on that, your changing your intention to ifraad is not valid. Thus your Hajj became qiraan and you have to offer the hadiy.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about a group of young men who were afraid that they would not be able to do ‘umrah before Hajj, so they changed their intention to ifraad. He replied:

If the intention was changed before entering ihram, then there is nothing wrong with that. But if it was after entering ihram, then their Hajj became qiraan and not ifraad. What is meant by it being qiraan is that they joined Hajj with ‘umrah, because qiraan takes two forms:

1.     When the pilgrim enters ihram for Hajj and ‘umrah together when he first enters ihram

2.     When he enters ihram for ‘umrah first, then joins Hajj to it before starting tawaaf.

Based on that, so long as you entered ihram for ‘umrah first, then you decided to make it Hajj, you were doing qiraan. If you slaughtered a hadiy on Eid al-Adha during your Hajj in that year, then you have done what was required of you and have completed your Hajj and ‘Umrah. If you did not slaughter a hadiy, then you have to do so now, and eat some of it and give the rest in charity. If any of you cannot find a hadiy – i.e., cannot afford to buy one – then he must fast for ten days now. End quote.

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