- Hajj al-Tamattu is the easiest and most common type of Hajj and is performed by the vast majority of pilgrims. It is generally the pilgrimage of choice for the Afaqi i.e. the pilgrim travelling from a different part of the world.
- This type of Hajj consists of two separate intentions. An intention for Umrah is made before the Miqat is crossed whilst the intention for Hajj is made in Makkah after the Umrah has been completed.
- A pilgrim who performs Hajj al-Tamattu is called a Mutamatti.
- According to the Hanafi school of thought, it is disliked for individuals from Makkah to perform this type of Hajj, although it would still be considered valid.
Step by Step Method
- Enter into the state of Ihram at the Miqat with the intention of performing Umrah.
- This Umrah must be completed during the period of Hajj of the same year, prior to beginning the actual Hajj itself.
- Proceed to Makkah where you will begin the rites of Umrah.
- Upon reaching Makkah, perform Tawaf al-Umrah.
- Perform two Rakats of Salah at Maqam Ibrahim (if possible) and partake in the drinking of Zamzam water.
- Proceed to Safa in order to perform Sa’i. This is separate from the Sa’i performed during Hajj.
- Perform Halq or Taqsir. Men are recommended to have their hair trimmed rather than shaved as they will have their heads shaved at a later stage during Hajj. Women must have their hair trimmed.
- Your Umrah is now complete and the restrictions of Ihram have now been lifted. You can shower and wear your everyday clothes. You will wait for the 8th of Dhul Hijjah to the start the rites of Hajj.
Read our detailed Umrah guide.
- On the 8th of Dhul Hijjah, you will make a new intention for Hajj at your place of residence.
- You will once again enter into a state of Ihram in the prescribed manner. There is no need to go to any particular Miqat to enter Ihram.
- You will go to Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah where you will perform all the rites and actions of Hajj.
- An animal sacrifice is required for Hajj al-Tamattu. Sacrificial animals are available in Mina and should be able to be arranged through your agent.
Read our detailed Hajj guide.