In this respect it is advisable to note that the Sacred Ka’ba is an exceedingly august and sublime place. Allah the Exalted has drawn three circles around it as a sign of its veneration. There are some distinct and specific dictates relating to every circle thereof. The first circle is that of ‘Masjid-ul-Haram’ (the Mosque around Ka’ba), in the centre of which Baitullah is situated. Next to Baitullah, the place held to be the most distinguished and venerable is the place which has been encircled by ‘Masjid-ul-Haram’. Related to this place there are many particular precepts but as they have no special relation with Ihram they need not be mentioned here. The 2nd circle is that of the boundaries of Haram. This circle is formed by some fixed territorial around Mecca where some marks of the boundries of Haram have been raised. The distance of these boundries of Haram from Mecca is three miles from one side, nine from another, and some what more or less from other sides. People living within this circle are named as ‘Ahl-e-Haram’ (the people of the sacred place). The 3rd circle is that of the Mawaqit mentioned here before. People living within the 2nd circle that is to say with in the boundaries of Haram are called Ahl-e-Haram while those who live outside the Haram but within the circle of Mawaqit, they are called ‘Ahl-e-Hill’ (people of the place of admissibilities). The inhabitants of out-side the precincts of Mawaqit are known as Ahl-e-Afaq.
In this connection this is worth noticing that on all the four sides of Mecca, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) : blessings of Allah and peace be on him) has assigned some distinct places on reaching where Ihram wearing becomes obligatory for the pilgrims to Mecca irrespective of the Ihram being for Hajj or Umra. These places are called Miqat, the plural number of which is Mawaqit. Fixation of Mawaqit has been narrated in Ahadith-e-Sahi-ha (Authentic traditions of the Holy Prophet) The above restriction of wearing Ihram on Miqat is general in its imposition on all residing outside Miqat. Whenever they enter into the precincts of Miqat with the intention to go to Mecca ; whether their entrance is with some commercial purposes or in order to pay a visit to their friends or relatives ; in any case they are under obligation, in relation to the rights of Bait-Ullah, that they enter Mecca after wearing Ihram from Miqat. If it is Hajj period, they are to wear Ihram for Hajj, otherwise they should wear Ihram for Umra and thus pay due homage to Bait-Ullah first. Only then they are supposed to look after their own business, (Badae). Anyhow, if the journey to Jedda is not with the intention to go to Mecca, but instead it is with the intention to reach Jedda or Madina ; in that case, it is not necessary to wear Ihram from Miqat.
Hazrat Abu Huraira R.A. reports that Rasulullah (Sallallaho Alaihi Wassallam) said: “Whoever performs Hajj for the sake of pleasing Allah and therein utters no word of evil, nor commits any evil deed, shall remain from it as free from sin as the day on which his mother gave Birth to him.’