Loophole to Avoid the second Umrah fee.

Fatwa ID: 02932

Answered by: Molana Muddasser Dhedhy​

Question:

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

Hazrat, I am planning on going for Umrah, but I did a couple of things which, is making me feel somewhat guilty.

As you know Saudi charge 2000 Riyals (£400-500) for Visa fees if you're performing Umrah more than once in a 2 years (Hijri) period.

 

The exception to this is if you get a new Passport because of the Passport number of changes. I falsely reported my Passport lost and paid for a replacement. The cost was £75. I exempted myself form paying the extra premium.

My questions are:

Was I sinful for reporting my Passport lost even though I paid for it?

Am I sinful for not paying Saudi Arabia the extra premium?

Will the above make my Umrah Makruh and is its validity conditional on the basis I pay Saudi the extra premium?

 

Answer:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

 

A Muslim is required to abide by the rules and regulations of a country as long as they do not require him/her to do something haraam in which case one should use appropriate channels available to address his/her concerns.[1]

 

Thus, you should abide by Saudi Arabia’s law concerning the fee for multiple Umrahs without seeking any loopholes. Falsely reporting is considered lying which in itself is a major sin.[2]

 

You should repent immediately for this wrong committed and still go ahead with your Umrah trip with the intention not to repeat this behaviour again.

 

Only Allah Ta'ala knows best.

Written by Molana Muddasser Dhedhy

Checked and Approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

 

 


[1] وَتَجِبُ طَاعَةُ الْإِمَامِ عَادِلًا كَانَ أَوْ جَائِرًا إذَا لَمْ يُخَالِفْ الشَّرْعَ (رد المحتار ج 6 ص 414. دار الكتب العلمية)

(اُفْتُرِضَ عَلَيْهِ إجَابَتُهُ) لِأَنَّ طَاعَةَ الْإِمَامِ فِيمَا لَيْسَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَرْضٌ فَكَيْفَ فِيمَا هُوَ طَاعَةُ بَدَائِعُ

مَطْلَبٌ فِي وُجُوبِ طَاعَةِ الْإِمَامِ (قَوْلُهُ: افْتَرَضَ عَلَيْهِ إجَابَتُهُ) وَالْأَصْلُ فِيهِ قَوْله تَعَالَى {وَأُولِي الأَمْرِ مِنْكُمْ} [النساء: 59] وَقَالَ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – «اسْمَعُوا وَأَطِيعُوا وَلَوْ أُمِّرَ عَلَيْكُمْ عَبْدٌ حَبَشِيٌّ أَجْدَعُ» وَرُوِيَ «مُجَدَّعٌ» وَعَنْ ابْنِ عُمَرَ أَنَّهُ – عَلَيْهِ الصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ – قَالَ  «عَلَيْكُمْ بِالسَّمْعِ وَالطَّاعَةِ لِكُلِّ مَنْ يُؤَمَّرُ عَلَيْكُمْ مَا لَمْ يَأْمُرْكُمْ بِمُنْكَرٍ» فَفِي الْمُنْكَرِ لَا سَمْعَ وَلَا طَاعَةَ ثُمَّ إذَا أَمَرَ الْعَسْكَرَ بِأَمْرٍ فَهُوَ عَلَى أَوْجُهٍ: إنْ عَلِمُوا أَنَّهُ نَفْعٌ بِيَقِينٍ أَطَاعُوهُ وَإِنْ عَلِمُوا خِلَافَهُ كَأَنْ كَانَ لَهُمْ قُوَّةٌ وَلِلْعَدُوِّ مَدَدٌ يَلْحَقُهُمْ لَا يُطِيعُونَهُ، وَإِنْ شَكُّوا لَزِمَهُمْ إطَاعَتُهُ، وَتَمَامُهُ فِي الذَّخِيرَةِ (رد المحتار ج 6 ص 416. دار الكتب العلمية)

 

[2]عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ أَبِي بَكْرَةَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏"‏ أَلاَ أُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِأَكْبَرِ الْكَبَائِرِ ‏"‏‏.‏ قُلْنَا بَلَى يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏"‏ الإِشْرَاكُ بِاللَّهِ، وَعُقُوقُ الْوَالِدَيْنِ ‏"‏‏.‏ وَكَانَ مُتَّكِئًا فَجَلَسَ فَقَالَ ‏"‏ أَلاَ وَقَوْلُ الزُّورِ وَشَهَادَةُ الزُّورِ، أَلاَ وَقَوْلُ الزُّورِ وَشَهَادَةُ الزُّورِ ‏"‏‏.‏ فَمَا زَالَ يَقُولُهَا حَتَّى قُلْتُ لاَ يَسْكُتُ‏.‏ (صحيح البخاري باب عُقُوقُ الْوَالِدَيْنِ مِنَ الْكَبَائِرِ)

 

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