Wealth Requirement for Hajj to be Compulsory

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Nasihah (Advice): Take necessary provisions when embarking on the journey of Hajj

 

Sayyiduan Abdullah Ibn Abbas Radiyallahu anhuma narrates, “The people of Yemen used to come for Hajj and not bring enough provisions with them and used to say that they depend on Allah. On their arrival in Medina they used to beg the people, and so Allah revealed, “And take a provision (with you) for the journey (of Hajj), but the best provision is the fear of Allah.” (Bukhari)

 

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Question and Answer

 

  1. How much wealth does a person need to have in order for Hajj to be compulsory?

 

  1. For Hajj to become obligatory (fard) upon an individual, they must possess sufficient wealth to cover their expenses for the journey of Hajj, including transport, accommodation, and food, from the time of departure until their return. This amount should be more than one’s basic needs and the needs of their dependents.

 

Moreover, if the individual has a spouse, children, or other dependents under their care, it is necessary for them to leave behind adequate financial means and support for the dependents’ maintenance during the period of Hajj.

 

If these conditions are met, the individual is physically and mentally capable and has the requisite visa, the undertaking the pilgrimage of Hajj becomes compulsory. (Shaami 2: 459)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

 

Mufti Moosa Salie

Mufti Taahir Hansa

 

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

 

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