Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In this fatwa:
If a person travels to Makkah without the intention of performing Hajj or Umrah and then changes his mind and wants to perform either of them, he should assume ihram from the place where he makes the intention to perform Hajj or Umrah.
In this regard, Sheikh `Abdul `Aziz Ibn Baz, the late Mufti of Saudi Arabia, stated,
Whoever travels from Riyadh or any other place and intends to go to Makkah, but he does not intend to perform Hajj or Umrah, and only intends to do something like business or visiting relatives, then after his arrival in Makkah he decides to perform Hajj or Umrah, he should assume Ihram from his place where he was. If he was in Jeddah, he should assume ihram from Jeddah, and if he was in Makkah, he should assume ihram from Makkah.
There is no harm in this because his miqat is the place from where he intends to perform Hajj. This is based on the hadith in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said when he designated the miqats, “Whoever is closer (to Makkah) than that, then his place of ihram is from where he began. Even the people of Makkah assume ihram from Makkah.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Allah Almighty knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.
Source: Fatawa tata`laq bi-ahkam Al-Hajj wal-`Umrah, p.40