Every Muslim aspires and desires to go on Hajj. After all, it is once in a lifetime journey that serves as a means of purification of the heart and soul. Allah SWT has made the pilgrimage of Hajj compulsory on all Muslims but there are some conditions that must be met first. Today's post will highlight these criteria in an effort to better inform our readers about who can perform this sacred pilgrimage.
Let's start with the most obvious condition first. Muslims who have reached adulthood can perform Hajj. However, this doesn't mean that those who haven't can't come along. It is very common for families to go on Hajj together though children will not be regarded as Hajis once Hajj is completed. They will have to go on this pilgrimage again once they pass on to adulthood.
Hajj can be an expensive venture, especially today with even more pilgrims coming from Western countries. Travelling costs, living expenses, proper vaccinations and visa paperwork, these are necessary costs associated with Hajj and they can all add up. This is why there is a clause of affordability in Hajj. Only people who can afford it should embark on it.
While we are on the subject of affordability, it is absolutely imperative that all funds associated with Hajj be accumulated by Halaal means. Money earned from interest rates is not admissible. It has to be actual net saving from your own earned money.
Hajj can take a lot out of an individual. It is meant to be a struggle however sometimes the outdoor conditions can be excruciating. The valleys of Arafat and Mina will be extremely warm this time of year. There is a fair amount of walking involved and then there is the ever present danger of catching a viral infection since you will be living among 3 million people for the next few weeks.
One has to be in fair physical condition to go on Hajj. People with minor medical conditions can come but those who are disabled or those who are extremely weak are excused from performing the pilgrimage.
The Need for A Mahram
This condition applies to single women who want to perform Hajj. They must be accompanied by a Mahram, meaning a male companion who is in direct relation with them. This means that they can be accompanied by their husband, father, brother or son. Women are not allowed to perform Hajj on their own.
We hope this clarifies a lot of things regarding eligibility. The latest Hajj dates confirm that the pilgrimage will take place between the 2nd and 3rd week of October. With more than 3 million pilgrims expected to perform Hajj this year, we would like to wish all of them a successful Hajj. May Allah accept their pilgrimage and reward them well, both in this life and the next.