Q: We are a group of illiterate pilgrims, when we arrived to
the place where we should assume Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah), we intended to go to
first to visit the grave of the Messenger (peace be upon him), therefore we asked the guide in
who was assigned by the government, he replied that we could assume Ihram here in
perform two Rak`ahs (units of prayers) and say: "Labayka Allahuma `Umrah", then offer Tawaf (circumambulation of the Ka`bah) and Sa`y (going between Safa and Marwah during Hajj), after that we are released from Ihram and can go to Al-Madinah to offer Salah (prayer) in
Al-Masjid Al-Nabawy (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah).
Thereof, we assumed Ihram from
then intended to offer Hajj. He told us that we will be exempted from offering Hady (sacrificial animal offered by pilgrims) or Sawm (Fast) in this case. And as we arrived to our city - which is
some people told us that this was impermissible except by offering Hady or fasting. Please advise us of the solution to this problem. May Allah reward you amply.
This issue is controversial among scholars, as some of them are of the view that it is obligatory to offer Hady or to fast, while others are of the view that it is not. But the preponderant opinion is that each one of you has to offer Hady, and since you can not do this, as you have already returned to your city, you should fast for ten days, knowing that
the Hady should be sacrificed inside
the Makkan Sanctuary, and it should be distributed to the poor, and you are permitted to eat from it.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.