How to help a sick mother in Hajj

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Question:

My mother is suffering with Arthritis and she can't walk long distances and problem walking on stairs. She wants to perform Hajj this year along with my father.  They will be traveling from India. I and my wife will be traveling for Hajj from Doha, Inshaa Allah. Can I ask your advice on this regard in making their Hajj with out any difficulty? Please pray for us so that we can complete Hajj without fail this year.

Fatwa:

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, may Allah exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

We thank the questioner brother for his desire to facilitate his parents' Hajj. We supplicate Allah to count it in your good deeds.

We advise you to do what you can do to make your parents' Hajj as easy as possible, such as hiring a wheel chair for your mother who cannot walk for a long distance and for performing circumambulation around Ka'bah and walking between Safaa and Marwah if you cannot do yourself. If you can live in accommodation near to their accommodation then it is better. Also you have to help them in all other rites of Hajj such as throwing pebbles; you may throw on behalf of the one who cannot carry out this obligation, if he/she authorized you. However, authorizing some one to make circumambulation around Ka'bah or to walk between Safaa and Marwah, or to stay at 'Arafah or spent the night at Muzdalifah, is not allowed.

Know that serving your parents in Hajj is among the great best actions of being kind to them.  Probably, it might be a reason for being admitted into Paradise and for the expiation of your sins. So, try your best to server them and always keep the following verse in your mind (which means): {And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], "uff," (An expression of disapproval or irritation) and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.  And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, "My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small."} [Quran 17: 23-24].

We supplicate Allah to accept your and your parents' good deeds.

Allah knows best.

Fatwa answered by: The Fatwa Center at Islamweb

 

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