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He lives in Dhahran and his parents are in Jeddah. Can he enter ihraam for ‘umrah from Jeddah?

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I am from Jeddah but I have moved to Dhahran for work and this is a permanent move. My mother and siblings still live there. My question is: my annual leave is in two weeks’ time and my main aim is to go visit them, but I am thinking of doing ‘umrah. Do I have to go to the miqaat or would I be regarded as being from Jeddah, especially since my main aim in going there is to visit my family?.

Praise be to Allah.

So long as you are staying
permanently in Dhahran, if you travel to visit your parents in Jeddah and
you have decided to do ‘umrah, you have to enter ihram from the miqaat
through which you pass.  

But if your stay in Dhahran
is temporary, then you have the choice between entering ihram from the
miqaat or starting ‘umrah from Jeddah. 

It says in Mataalib Ooli
al-Nuha (2/298): If a person has two homes, it is permissible for him to
enter ihram from the one that is closer to Makkah, but it is better for him
to enter ihram from the one that is further from Makkah.  

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah
have mercy on him) was asked in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (17/54): 

I am a student studying in
the eastern region and my family are in Jeddah. I want to go for Hajj – from
where should I enter ihram, from Qarn al-Manaazil or from my home in

He replied: 

You have the choice so long
as you are one of the people who live in Jeddah closer (to Makkah) than the
miqaat. But if you enter ihraam from Qarn al-Manaazil that is better since
you are coming from further away, so as to be on the safe side. But if you
go to your family and then enter ihram from there, there is nothing wrong
with that. End quote. 

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may
Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about a married man who lives with his
wife and children in Riyadh, and his mother and father are in Jeddah – what
is the ruling? 

He replied: If he comes to
Jeddah then he is a traveller, so if he wants to go to visit his family,
intending also to do ‘umrah, then we say: you must enter ihram from the
miqaat, because your home is in Riyadh. As for Jeddah, it is the home of
your father and mother. Hence in Ramadaan he may break his fast if he goes
and visits the place where his father and mother live, if the place where he
lives is in another city. 

End quote from Majmoo’
Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (21/329). 

And Allaah knows best.

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