The fear of being unable to complete the rites of Hajj

Reference: Fataawa al-Hajj wal-‘Umrah waz-Ziyaarah – Page 11

Question: If the pilgrim in the state of ihraam fears he will be unable to perform the rites [of hajj either] due to an illness or fear, then what should he do?

Response: [This being the case, then] when the pilgrim assumes the state of ihraam, he should say:

«فإن حبسني حابس فمحلي حيث حبستني»

«And if I am prevented by an obstacle, then indeed my place is where You prevent me»

So if he fears anything may prevent him [from completing the rites of hajj] such as an illness, then it is from the Sunnah to pronounce this condition [at the time of assuming the ihraam] – as has been confirmed from the Prophet ﷺ that he commanded Dhibaa’ah bint az-Zubayr ibn ‘Abdil-Muttalib with that when she complained to him [at the time of assuming the ihraam for hajj] that she was ill.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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