Is it compulsory to go for Hajj if someone offers to cover one’s travel expenses?

Hajj journey

Question:

Is it compulsory to go for Hajj if someone offers to cover one’s travel expenses?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The Answer:

Owning sufficient net cash for an average Hajj package is among the conditions for Hajj to be compulsory upon a person.  If a person does not own such amounts of money during the Hajj season, it is not compulsory to go for Hajj.

If one is offered a Hajj package or cash to buy a Hajj package, it is not wājib (necessary) to accept the money.  This is regardless of whether the offeror is one’s close relative, distant relative, friend or stranger.[1]

And Allah Ta’ālā Alone Knows Best

Mufti Faraz Adam al-Mahmudi,
www.darulfiqh.com

 

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[1] (وَمِنْهَا الْقُدْرَةُ عَلَى الزَّادِ وَالرَّاحِلَةِ) بِطَرِيقِ الْمِلْكِ أَوْ الْإِجَارَةِ دُونَ الْإِعَارَةِ وَالْإِبَاحَةِ سَوَاءٌ كَانَتْ الْإِبَاحَةُ مِنْ جِهَةِ مَنْ لَا مِنَّةَ لَهُ عَلَيْهِ كَالْوَالِدَيْنِ وَالْمَوْلُودِينَ أَوْ مِنْ غَيْرِهِمْ كَالْأَجَانِبِ كَذَا فِي السِّرَاجِ الْوَهَّاجِ، وَلَوْ وُهِبَ لَهُ مَالٌ لِيَحُجَّ بِهِ لَا يَجِبُ عَلَيْهِ قَبُولُهُ سَوَاءٌ كَانَ الْوَاهِبُ مِمَّنْ تُعْتَبَرُ مِنَّتُهُ كَالْأَجَانِبِ أَوْ لَا تُعْتَبَرُ كَالْأَبَوَيْنِ وَالْمَوْلُودِينَ كَذَا فِي فَتْحِ الْقَدِيرِ وَتَفْسِيرُ مِلْكِ الزَّادِ وَالرَّاحِلَةِ أَنْ يَكُونَ لَهُ مَالٌ فَاضِلٌ عَنْ حَاجَتِهِ، وَهُوَ مَا سِوَى مَسْكَنِهِ وَلِبْسِهِ وَخَدَمِهِ، وَأَثَاثِ بَيْتِهِ قَدْرَ مَا يُبَلِّغُهُ إلَى مَكَّةَ ذَاهِبًا وَجَائِيًا رَاكِبًا لَا مَاشِيًا وَسِوَى مَا يَقْضِي بِهِ دُيُونَهُ وَيَمْسِكُ لِنَفَقَةِ عِيَالِهِ، وَمَرَمَّةِ مَسْكَنِهِ وَنَحْوِهِ إلَى وَقْتِ انْصِرَافِهِ كَذَا فِي مُحِيطِ السَّرَخْسِيِّ وَيُعْتَبَرُ فِي نَفَقَتِهِ وَنَفَقَةِ عِيَالِهِ الْوَسَطُ مِنْ غَيْرِ تَبْذِيرٍ، وَلَا تَقْتِيرٍ كَذَا فِي التَّبْيِينِ وَالْعِيَالُ مَنْ تَلْزَمُهُ نَفَقَتُهُ كَذَا فِي الْبَحْرِ الرَّائِقِ وَلَا يَتْرُكُ نَفَقَةً لِمَا بَعْدَ إيَابِهِ فِي ظَاهِرِ الرِّوَايَةِ كَذَا فِي التَّبْيِينِ. (الفتاوى الهندية ج 1 ص 217)

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