Office Of Grand Ayatollah Sayyed M.S.Al-Hakeem


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Pilgrimage
Q [1]  I am currently saving money for my marriage. If by the time the month for Hajj comes and I have enough money to go, but I need the money for marriage, what should I do?
If there is a need to marry in such a way that not getting married or delaying it causes hardship, pilgrimage will not be obligatory. Otherwise, pilgrimage must be performed first.
Q [2]  It has come to my interest to perform Hajj, and I feel I am able to go. I have the financial means, and it would be easy to organize. However, upon returning back home from Hajj, I will have exams within 3-5 days, and I fear I will not fare well in them as I would if I did not go for Hajj. Am I obliged to go?
If the person is able to perform the pilgrimage then it is prohibited to postpone it.
Q [3]  I am a housewife and my husband borrowed some money from his friends and has not paid them back yet. Can I go for Hajj by selling some of my jewelry that he gave me many years ago, while my husband has an unpaid debt?
If you own the jewelry, then it is permissible to sell them and use the money to go for Hajj.
Q [4]  If a person has a mortgage that is agreed to be paid over 30 years, is the person required to perform the Hajj? Will it be counted as a Hijjatul-Islam?
If the individual is financially capable to undertake the Pilgrimage from a source other than the money taken from the bank, then he is obliged to perform the pilgrimage and it is considered as Hijjatul-Islam.
Q [5]  If a person had performed Hajj as a child is it necessary for him to perform the Hajj as an adult if he has the financial means to do so?
If he had not reached the age of Sharia-recognized adulthood then his Hajj is not considered as the fulfillment of the obligatory Hajj
Q [6]  I work for a retail company in the West, and they pay my wages directly into my bank account. This money has never been withdrawn by me and has sat in my account since it was transferred. I do transfer a part of it into another savings account through the internet every month. After a year of transferring, but never withdrawing and holding the money physically, will this money be subject to Khums, and is Hajj obligatory on me if there is enough in the savings account to cover Hajj costs?
If you work in a state establishment and your salary is transferred directly to a state-owned bank, then the laws of Khums and Hajj do not apply on the salary. They both apply after you withdraw the amount from the bank. Both conditions must be present (working for the state and the bank being owned by the state) in order for this ruling to apply.
If one of the two conditions are not fulfilled, like if you work for a private establishment or the amount if transferred to a private bank, or both of them are not present, the regular laws of Khums and Hajj apply. i.e. if the amount adds up to be sufficient to cover the cost of Hajj, it becomes obligatory. Likewise, Khums has to be paid from the unused portion of it at the end of the Khums fiscal year.
Q [7]  If a person has not paid Khums yet, and meanwhile he performs obligatory Hajj, will his Hajj be valid?
His pilgrimage is valid. He must hasten to pay Khums.
Q [8]  When I am taking into account whether I am financially able to perform the pilgrimage, one should have money for the expenses of how many days after Hajj?
It is not obligatory to perform pilgrimage if one does not have the financial capability to cover the expenses to travel to and from the sacred lands, in such a way that it does not negatively affect his dignity or cause hardship to him.
Q [9]  I have enough money for pilgrimage itself, but not enough to bear the expenses after Hajj, but my father will bear my expenses for some months. Is the pilgrimage therefore obligatory on me? Will it be regarded as Hijjat-ul-Islam?
If your father will bear your expenses after your return from pilgrimage, you must accept it if there is no obstacle in accepting it, and your pilgrimage would be considered as Hijjat-ul-Islam (i.e. the obligatory Hajj that one has to undertake once in a lifetime).
Q [10]  If my father is indebted to me, is it permissible for me to absolve the debt, considering that the debt amount is such that it will enable me to go for Hajj?
It is not permissible to absolve the debt of your father, if this results in you not being able to perform pilgrimage. You can perform pilgrimage using the money he repays you.

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