Matters on Hajj in the Maliki School-Shaykh Abdullah Ali

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by Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

The word ‘Hajj’ – – is linguistically synonymous with the word ‘Qasd’ – – (Aim, intention). In the Shariah it applies to the well-known religious pilgrimage to Mecca and its surrounding precincts, which is to be carried out by a Muslim at least once in his or her lifetime.lifetime.

The Ruling of Hajj

Hajj is binding when the following conditions are fulfilled. The first set of conditions is called ‘prerequisites for being an obligation’:

  • That one is a freeperson (i.e. non-slave)
  • That one is at least pubescent
  • That one is sane
  • And that one has the capacity to fulfill the Hajj. This means,

a. That the path taken is secure as not to put the person’s life or property in danger

b. That one has sufficient means to reach Mecca

c. That one has the strength to reach Mecca on foot or riding

d. And that one is physically fit to complete the rites[1]

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