Not knowing exactly when to enter state of ihraam whilst in an airplane
Question: A man wanted to perform the Hajj or ‘Umrah and put on the ihraam clothing on the airplane. Then he did not know the place of the meeqat, so should he delay entering the state of ihraam once he reaches Jeddah or not?
Response: If he intended the Hajj or ‘Umrah (whilst arriving) by air, then he should take a bath in his home and wear the izaar and ridaa (ihraam clothing), if he wishes. So if there is only a little time before approaching the meeqat, he should enter the state of ihraam according to what he intends, whether the Hajj or the ‘Umrah, so there is no difficulty in this. And if he does not know about the meeqat, then he should ask the pilot of the airplane, one of the hostesses or one of the passengers whom he trusts and who has some experience in this.
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