Rule and Evidence

Performing Hajj is an obligation once in a lifetime upon every individual, male or female.

Evidence from the Holy Qur’an:

Allah, the Almighty, says,”Pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to Allah, – those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith, Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures.

Allah made Hajj an obligation to Muslims in the ninth year after Hijrah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) performed only the Farewell Hajj.

Evidence from the Prophetic Tradition:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ” (The superstructure of) Islam is founded on five (pillars): …. etc.

Among these pillars the Prophet mentioned the Hajj.

The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said, ” The Hajj which is accepted will receive no other reward than Paradise.

The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said, ” He who performs Hajj and neither spoke indecently not did he act wickedly would return free of sin as on the (very first) day his mother born him.

The Prophet (may peace be upon him) said, “O people, Allah made Hajj obligatory for you; so perform Hajj. Thereupon a person said, `Messenger of Allah, (is it to be performed) every year?’ He (the Holy Prophet) kept quiet, and the man repeated (these words) thrice, whereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said, `If I were to say: yes, it would become obligatory (for you to perform it every year) and you would not be able to do it.

Scholars’ Unanimous Agreement:

All scholars have unanimously agreed that Hajj is obligatory and that it represents the fifth pillar of Islam. It is an obligation that should be performed as soon as possible.