Hajj means to visit the sacred House of Allah Taala in Makkah Al-Mukarramah during the days of Hajj (i.e. 8-9-10-11-12 of Dhul Hijjah). This is the fifth of the religious duties of a Muslim, which is Fardh-e-Ayn (incumbent upon every individual) on every adult, male and female. It has to be performed once in a lifetime.
The conditions that make Hajj fardh are as follows:-
- to be a Muslim
- to be mentally fit (not insane)
- To be physically fit (not handicapped or invalid)
- Freeman (not a slave)
- To have sufficient provision for dependents for the duration of absence; to possess all requirements for travel and be financially independent.
Security of route.
- A woman must be accompanied by her husband or a Mahram (a male member of her family whom she cannot marry according to Islamic Law).
- If any of the above conditions are not found, Hajj will not be considered Fardh. Hence, there is absolutely no need to take loans, nor is there any need for the Fly Now, pay later scheme. It should be borne in mind that Hajj is not Fardh upon a blind person; a person who is unable to walk; and upon an invalid person.
When the conditions that make Hajj Fardh are found, then it becomes Waajib upon that person to perform Hajj immediately (during the first available Hajj period). One is not permitted to delay the Hajj, one will be committing a very grave sin and in the eyes of the Shariah one will be classified as a Faasiq (disobedient to Allah).
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said;
Hasten in performing the (Fardh) Hajj, for verily one never knows what will befall one.
‘The one who intends performing Hajj, then verily he must hasten.
‘The one who possesses wealth, and has all the means by which he could reach the sacred House of Allah (The Kabah), thereafter, does not perform Hajj, then that person may either die as a Nasraani (Christian) or a Majoosi (fire-worshipper).
May Allah Taala Most High guide and assist us to upkeep the Faraaidh, and direct us to the path of righteousness.