Assuming Ihram without taking off sewn clothes

Q 1: I am a soldier in the Civil Defense, and I attend the season of Hajj every year in Mina and `Arafah, and then I return to Mina, while wearing the military uniform. Is my Hajj valid if I intend to perform it while wearing my uniform and not taking off sewn clothes like the rest of (Part No. 11; Page No. 344) the pilgrims? It is the nature of my job which obligates this. Please advise, may Allah reward you.

A: There is no harm in performing Hajj while wearing the military uniform. You may perform the rituals of Hajj as mentioned in the question. If you cannot wear the clothes of Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah), because the officials will not allow it, you might pay a Kaffarah (expiation), which is feeding six needy people, each of them half a Sa` (1 Sa`=3 kg. Approx.) of fresh dates, rice or other types of food; observing Sawm (fasting) for three days; or slaughtering an animal for wearing sewn clothes. You should also do the same if you cover your head.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.