The lajnah was asked:
“We all know, hear and see the wealth that the people of the Gulf have of Allah’s great Grace and Bounty. We say Ma sha` Allah la quwwata illa billah, i.e. it is Allah that wills and there is no power but with Allah (an expression said upon seeing the good fortune and prosperity of others to express one’s satisfaction and content with Allah’s planning). Allah is the Source of sustenance. To be precise and to the point, I thought and hesitated a great deal about my desire to perform Hajj. Motivated by my many thoughts about visiting the Sacred House of Allah, I thought to send a message to any radio broadcast or association and ask them to present my request to whoever may donate some money for my ticket to perform `Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) but I reconsidered and feared lest Allah should not accept that from me, because I beg for money. If I do this, what is the ruling according to your discretion? Is it permissible?”
“We advise you not to ask anyone a donation to perform `Umrah, as `Umrah is only obligatory on a person who is physically and financially able, and a woman must have a Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative) as well. As you do not have the necessary money to perform `Umrah, you are excused and you should be patient until Allah (Exalted be He) provides for you what you urgently need. May Allah facilitate your affairs in the right way.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta”
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan