Going for Hajj, leaving son of 1 year, 4 months
Fatwa No: 81761

  • Fatwa Date:14-2-2000 - Thul-Qi'dah 10, 1420
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Question

Regarding Hajj: My son is 1 year and 4 month and is being breast fed. I will leave him with my relative but this will make him suffer because he will be without my milk for 4 days. Should I postpone my Hajj or stop my breast feeding (by the way he is eating now many kinds of food)? But I don't know if it is Haram to stop breast feeding him, or is it lawful to stop and perform Hajj? Please reply as soon as possible because according to your reply I shall act and the Hajj is very soon.

Answer

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  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

If it is confirmed to you that going to perform Hajj and leaving your child will not affect him/ her, you should perform Hajj. The scholars stated that the order to breast-feed the child for two years is a desirable order and not an obligatory one. Allah Says (what means): {The mothers shall give suck to their offspring for two whole years for him who desires to complete the term).} [Quran 2:233] So, the saying of Allah (which means): (Who desires to complete the term) means that the demand is not compulsory. Therefore, it becomes clear that the reward of Hajj is greater and so it should be given priority over completing the breast-feeding period, especially if one knows that discontinuing breast-feeding a child for few days does not mean weaning him completely.

This is in case your Hajj is optional [i.e. you have already done your obligatory Hajj] but if your Hajj is obligatory [i.e. you have not performed your Hajj before] then you have no right to fail to perform it unless you fear for your child by interrupting the breastfeeding or that you cannot find someone to look after him during your absence.

Allah knows best.

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