Audibly pronouncing the intention

Reference: Fataawa al-Hajj wal-‘Umrah – Page 18

Question: Regarding making the intention upon undertaking the rites [of hajj or ‘umrah], is it required to audibly pronounce it when uttering the talbiyah?

Response: It is from the talbiyah to utter:

«لبيك عمرةً»

«Here I am [in response to Your call Allaah] making ‘umrah»

…if one is intending [to perform the] ‘umrah, and:

«لبيك حجاً»

«Here I am [in response to Your call Allaah] making hajj»

…if one is intending [to perform the] hajj.

As for [making] the intention, then it is not permissible to audibly pronounce it; So, [for example] one must not say:

«اللهم إني أريد العمرة»

«Oh Allaah! I intend [to perform] the ‘umrah», or:

«أريد الحج»

«…the hajj»; [saying] this has not been [authentically] reported from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

– from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 2004.