Can I Perform Hajj with Gift Money I Receive?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question

My wife and I desire to go for Hajj this year, but I do not have the financial means to afford it now. My wife, who has acquired jewelry gifts at the wedding, is willing to sell some of them, gift me my Hajj, and sponsor her own Hajj costs. I desire to go for Hajj when I am able to and take my wife along. I have full faith Allah will provide me with the means sometime in the future.

What would be best – take the offer of the gift from my wife or wait?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is permissible, though not obligatory, to accept a monetary gift in order to perform the Hajj. [Maydani, Al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab]

Whether one does so is a manner of personal discretion. If there are no perceived cons to accepting the gift, there is nothing wrong with doing so.

Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.