Procedure For Wearing Ihram
It is Sunnah to use Miswaak, and have a bath before putting on the Ihram. If this is not possible, Wudu will suffice.
As narrated by Hazrat Zaid Bin Thaabit that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam had taken a bath before donning the Ihram. (Abu Dawood) The same applies to children and women not in the state of offering Salaat.
It is Mustahab to pair the nails and remove pubic hair and that of armpits before the bath. Men may also trim their hair before Ihram.
The Ihram for men consists of two pieces of cloth, preferably white and new, one for the lower portion of the body covering from the waist up to above the ankles and the other for the upper portion of the body.
The head and face should be left uncovered. No other garments should be worn. The footwear should be such that the center bones of the upper part of the feet (the area of the shoe-lace) must be left uncovered.
Women will put on their normal clothes however; their heads must be fully covered. Their faces and hands up to the wrists may be exposed; however, it becomes Wajib to cover their faces if they fear Fitnah.
This should be done in such a manner that the covering does not touch the face.
Men are prohibited to use socks and hand gloves but women are permitted to do so.
It is Sunnah for men to apply perfume on the body and Ihram cloth before making the intention. But no trace or color of perfume should be visible on the clothes. It is against the Sunnah to make Idhţibaa` at this stage.
After putting on the Ihram and reaching the airport and completing all the formalities as explained earlier, if it is not a Makrooh time, then offer two Rakat Sunnat-e-Ihram. During the Salaat men will cover their heads with the Ihram sheets.
It is Mustahab to recite Surah Kaafiroon in first Rakat and Surah Ikhlaas in second Rakat. After the Salaat men should uncover their heads.
Note: A woman not in the state of offering Salaat will not offer it. She will perform Ghusl, put on her normal clothes, which will serve as her Ihram.
Mufti Mehmood Akhtar Qadri (Qazi-E-Shehar Mumbai)