f:911 - On whom exactly is Haj obligatory
| Country : Varanasi, |
Name : Aleemuddin
|Question: On whom exactly is Haj obligatory|
|Answer: Allah says about this:|
the Pilgrimage to this House is prescribed for the people for the sake of Allah whoever may afford its journey... Surah Al Imran (3:97)
There is a Hadith in Jame’ Tirmidhi:
Translation: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Umar (May Allah be well pleased with them), he says: One person came to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) and said: O Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)! What obligates a Haj? The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: The expenses and the conveyance. (Jame’ Tirmidhi, Hadith No. 818)
The jurists have clarified that this means if a person has such an amount of money over and above his basic needs that he can bear the expenses of going to the Ka’aba and staying there and can arrange for the needs of the family for this entire period, then he is deemed to be a man wealthy enough that Haj is obligatory on him.
For Zakaat, among other rules, it is necessary that one year should have passed on the wealth and that the wealth should be of an increasing nature. For Haj, it is not necessary that one year should pass on the wealth and that the wealth should be of an increasing nature. Neither that the wealth should reach a prescribed limit of wealth, simply if a person has wealth enough to bear the traveling expenses and enough for the needs of the family for when he is gone for Haj.
If someone has an extra house apart from the actual residence and by selling that, one gets money enough to bear the traveling expenses and fulfill the needs of the family until he comes back, then Haj is obligatory on that person.
As given in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Kitab Ul Manasik.
And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) knows best.
Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri
[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]