My father went for Hajj last year, but he was very sick and was not able to wear the ihraam garments. What does he have to do?
Praise be to Allaah. Â
If the pilgrim enters ihraam wearing his regular clothes for some reason, such as cold, sickness, and the like, then he is permitted to do that according to shareeâah. What the one who wears sewn garments has to do is to fast for three days, or feed six poor persons, giving half a saaâ of the local staple food to each person, or sacrifice a sheep that meets the conditions of udhiyah (sacrifice). The same ruling applies if he covers his head. Fasting may be done in any place, but feeding the poor and sacrificing the sheep must be done in the sanctuary of Makkah.Â
And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad.Â
Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas, Fataawa al-Lajnah, 11/180.
-- Islam QA