Not going to Hajj due to having a suckling baby
Fatwa No: 92706


Assalamu ‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullaah. In The Name of Allaah ArRahman ArRaheem. Allhamdulillaah Assalatu Wassalamu ‘Ala Rasoolillaah Wa ‘Ala Aalihi Wa Sahbihi Ajma’een. Insha Allaah we plan to go for the coming Hajj.Alhamdulillaah my wife is pregnant now and Insha Allah during the time of Hajj it will be 6 months for babe. Can we go to Hajj by giving our babe to breast feed by someone. Or is that possible that I can delay Hajj for the other year Insha’ Allaah by that time babe will be one year and 6 months & my wife will comfortable to leave the child Insha' Allaah this is our first Hajj and our first babe. Is this a sin to delay Hajj on this reason? For your answer please. The thing is we have to give our leave plan in my company now. If I ‘am not going then another person will get the chance for Hajj leave from our company.


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


Hajj is an immediate obligation for whoever is physically and financially able to perform it, according to the view of the majority of the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them; this is clarified in Fatwa 91223, so please refer to it.

Therefore, if you and your wife are able, then you are obliged to take the initiative to perform this great pillar of Islam. The fact that you will have a baby is not a sound reason for not performing Hajj. You may take your child with you, and intend Hajj or 'Umrah for him, because our righteous predecessors used to do so, as reported by Ibn 'Abdul-Barr  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him and others. You may also leave your child with trustworthy people who would take care of him in your absence and during your travel.

However, if it is not possible to take the child with you and it is not possible to leave him with someone else, then it is permissible for your wife to delay the Hajj, as in this case she is considered unable to perform it. As far as you are concerned, you must hasten to perform Hajj as there is no connection between your ability to perform Hajj and your wife being unable to go.

Allaah Knows best.

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