Haj Al-Qiran – At a Meeqat, in the months of Haj, one enters into Ihram for Haj and Umrah at the same time, not coming out of the state of Ihram until the Day of Sacrifice (10th Dhul Hijjah). Alternatively, one may enter into Ihram for Umrah and before beginning the Tawaf, the intention of Ihram for Haj may be made. The Sa`ee may be done after the Tawaf of Umrah or left to be done after Tawaf Al-Ifadah. One performing this type of Haj is called a Qarin.
Haj Al-Ifrad – At a Meeqat, in the months of Haj, one enters into Ihram for Haj alone. Like the Qarin he remains in the state of Ihram until the 10th Dhul Hijjah. It is not obligatory on him to sacrifice an animal. No Umrah is required.
Haj At-Tamattu' – Many Scholars consider this the best type of Haj, as it is what the Prophet (peace be upon him) urged his Companions to do. One performing this type of Haj is call a Muttamatti. This involves performing Umrah first during any of the months of Haj (Shawwal, Dhul Qada and the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah), removes the Ihram clothes after Umrah, and then reassumes the Ihram state for Haj on the eighth day of Dhul Hijjah of the same year.
Note: For those who choose to do At-Tamattu' or Al-Qiran, a mandatory sacrifice is required from them during the days of Eid. Those who live in Makkah are exempted from this requirement.
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