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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

Asalaamu Alaikum. I was just wondering I am
in poor health and wondered since Hajj is
coming up if I could perform something like
Hajj and still reap the benefits and the
closeness to Allah is there anything close to
Hajj that I can do instead of the journey? I
have a bad heart and do not think I could
take the walking running and everything.
Please direct me in this matter. Shukran.

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His slave and Messenger.

If you did not perform your obligatory Hajj
and you have a chronic disease and you are
unable to perform Hajj because of your
disease and it is not hoped that you will
become cured from it, and you are
financially able to perform it, then in this
case you are obliged to appoint someone to
perform Hajj and ‘Umrah on your behalf.
If the person whom you appoint performs
Hajj on your behalf, then you become
acquitted from the obligation of performing
Hajj. It is by appointing someone to perform
Hajj on your behalf that serves as if you have
performed it yourself.

Believing that you may not be able to walk or
perfrom Sa’i may have resulted from hearing
people talk about the difficulties faced
during Hajj. Indeed you may get on a wheel
chair (which is available for elderly, sick or
weak people) when performing Tawaaf or Sa’i
and in all the rituals of Hajj. The matter is
easy, praise be to Allah. If you are able to
get on a wheel chair, then you are obliged to
perform Hajj yourself.
However, if you had already performed your
obligatory Hajj, then you are not obliged to
appoint someone to perform Hajj and
‘Umrah on your behalf. Donating the costs of
Hajj to the needy may in some cases be
better than optional Hajj even though the
optional Hajj is in principal better than
optional charity donation.

Imaam Ibn Taymiyyah said:
‘‘Performing Hajj as legislated is better than
the non-obligatory charity donation.
However, if a person has needy relatives,
then donating to them is better; the same
applies if there are people who are in urgent
need for this donation. However, if both Hajj
and donating in charity are optional, then
Hajj is better because it is a physical and
financial act of worship.’’

Allah Knows best.


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