Dear Imam, as-salamu `alaykum. I just returned from Hajj with an organizer who did not fulfill his duties as he neglected his Hajj group from the moment the money was paid. We were on our own to make Hajj intention and ihram at the miqat on our own. Some of us doubted whether we did it correctly. We had no guidance at all during our Hajj except from Allah the Almighty. We were told to be ready to departure at least 12 hours before the bus arrives. Therefore, we all had to do Tawaf Al-Wada` the night before. As the bus was delayed, some of us went shopping at the hotel to buy food and other last minute gifts. I read somewhere that once the last Tawaf is done you may not buy any gifts or anything of the sort. Did those of us who went shopping violate the rules of Hajj? If so, what can we do to correct that? Also, if we have to make a sacrifice, can we do it at the mosque in theUSA, or is it better send the money for it to be done to feed the poor back home? Jazaka Allahu khayran.
As-salamu `alaykum. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.Last year, I made my sincere intention to perform Hajj & Umrah and by the will of Allah (swt) I was able to. Everything went fine until the last day where I found my self in the middle of stampede. Unable to get myself out if it, and with my last breath I was peacefully awaiting Allah(swt) to terminate my stay in this world, and while my lips, mind and heart were praising Allah(swt) and testifying to the Oneness of Allah (swt), I was also asking Allah(swt) to take me out of my trouble/test. I was not able to help myself, I was injured and had no strength at all. Allah's(swt) help came. I don't know how, but I got out, then gathered strength and finished throwing the pebbles. Howerever, the pain in body parts especially the ribs were increasing as my body cooled down and after about 1 hour I could almost not move and needed help to move around, and I was unable to perform the farewell tawaf. My group guide adviced that I should have an animal sacrificed next year/hajj. (This may sound weird to many, but those last seconds were the most peacefull moments I have ever had) Dear brother, would you please advice based on my events. Is my Hajj valid? Is the group guide correct in saying that I can wait until next Hajj for sacrifice? Do I have to go again to perform the sacrifice myself? How big shall the animal be? Any other related advice is appreciated. Wa Salamu `alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.