My question is: do we have to offer any fidyah (ransom) because we did not enter ihraam from the meeqaat of Waadi Muharram, i.e., my wife and I passed it without entering ihraam, because we are inhabitants of Makkah?.
Praise be to Allah.
There is no sin on you for passing the meeqaat without
entering ihraam, because you were not intending to do Hajj or ‘Umrah at that
time, and you were intending to enter ihraam on the eighth day from your
home. This may be understood from the words of the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) concerning the meeqaats: “And these
meeqaats are for the people at those very places, and besides them for those
who come thorough those places with the intention of performing Hajj and
‘Umrah; and whoever is living within these boundaries can enter Ihram from
the place he starts, and the people of Makkah can start from Makkah.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1524) and Muslim (1181).
The same applies if a Makkan goes out to al-Taa’if or Jeddah,
then he comes back and is not intending to do Hajj or ‘Umrah. He does not
have to enter ihraam, according to the more correct of the two scholarly
It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (11/122): The
one who passes by any of the meeqaats which are proven from the Messenger of
Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or comes in line
with them by air, land or sea, and he intends to perform Hajj or ‘Umrah,
then he must enter ihraam, but if he does not intend to perform Hajj or
‘Umrah, then he does not have to enter ihraam. End quote.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was
asked: If a Makkan goes out to Jeddah, for example, then he comes back to
Makkah on the fifth day of Dhu’l-Hijjah, and he intends to do Hajj this
year, does he have to enter ihraam from Jeddah? Can he enter ihraam for
‘Umrah and do Hajj tamattu’?
He replied: He can enter ihraam for ‘Umrah and do tamattu’.
If he intends to do Hajj, he does not have to enter ihraam from Jeddah,
because his family are in Makkah. End quote from Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn
The words “because his family are in Makkah” mean that he is
one of the people of Makkah who reside there. The fact that your wife went
out with you to al-Taa’if does not make a difference; the ruling is still
And Allaah knows best.