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The place for assuming the state of ihram
Miqat is an Arabic word, which literally means, ‘a stated place’. Miqats are specific places or stations or boundaries (appointed by Sharia) in Saudi Arabia. These locations are in different directions around the Kaaba, on the way to Makkah, which a pilgrim cannot cross without first declaring the intention to perform Hajj or Umrah and entering into a state of Ihraam.
Dhu'l-Hulayfah: This miqat is in the north, commonly known as Masjid Shajarah that is about 9 kilometers from Madina and about 450 kilometers from Makkah. Dhu'l-Hulayfah is the miqat for those who live in Madina and for those who approach Makkah from that direction.
Juhfah: This miqat is about 190 kilometers to the northwest of Makkah. It is about 115 Km from Jeddah on the way to Madina. This is the miqat for the people who come from the direction of Syria, Egypt, and Southern Africa.
Qarn al-Manazil: This miqat is a hilly place about 90 kilometers to the east of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people of Najd or for those coming from that direction.
Dhat Irq: This miqat is about 85 kilometers towards the northeast side of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people of Iran, Iraq and for those coming from that direction.
Yalamlam: This miqat is a hilly area about 50 kilometers to the southeast of Makkah. This is the miqat for the people of Yemen and others coming from that direction. It is the miqat for many of the pilgrims from China, Japan, India, Pakistan who travel by ship.
For People Living in Makkah
Tan’eem (Masjid-e-Umra or Masjid Aisha), this place is near Makkah and acts as Miqat for people living in Makkah. If one is living in Makkah and wants to perform Umra then he should go to this place, enter into the state of Ihram and then return to Makkah so that the condition of traveling for the pilgrims is also fulfilled. The Holy Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) has said: "Part of the worship of Hajj and Umra is to travel in the way of Allah and to go out of the city."
Muslims who enter the Haram area on business or for other purposes need not enter the state of ihram before entering the holy city of Makkah unless they have the intention to perform Umrah or Hajj. Muslims coming to Makkah with the intention of performing Umrah or Hajj must not cross a Miqat without first entering into the state of Ihram.