CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH HAJJ BECOMES COMPULSORY
Islam sets certain conditions under which it becomes compulsory for a Muslim to perform Hajj.
- One must possess: Physical and mental capability and can assure his family's safety. Hajj is obligatory for the Muslim who can provide for his family while he is away on pilgrimage. He/she should have the physical capability to travel and endure the journey's hardships. He/she should be financially stable even after his return. Furthermore, he/she has to feel secure personally, financially, as well as concerning his family. Time must also be taken into consideration. He/she must have enough time to travel to Mecca, perform the rites of Hajj, and return without undue haste.
- Puberty: Hajj is compulsory on the adult Muslim who has reached mental and physical maturity.
Lawful Stated Time of Hajj:
- The time in which Hajj is to be performed is specified during the three months of Shawwal, Dhul-Qi'da, and Dhul-Hijjah. Hence, if a Muslim meets the specified conditions under which Hajj becomes compulsory during this period of time, he should perform Hajj. If he does not perform Hajj during the first year while being to do so, he is obliged to do so the following year.
- The person obliged to perform Hajj can make his intention for performing Hajj on any day of this specific period of time, should he want to enter Mecca, from whichever Miqat ( the five places of the appointed time), he passes through while entering Mecca.
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