Would Hajj Badal be Acceptable for my Obligatory Hajj?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I am a 47 years lady with a low income, looking after my son, who has long-term physical disabilities. I have not been for my obligatory Hajj and would like to go, though I do not have the financial means.

However, my deceased elderly uncle and his wife (my maternal aunt, khala, who is alive) have not been to Hajj. My aunt would like someone to perform Hajj Badal for both of them. Can I go on their behalf? Would it also be acceptable for my obligatory Hajj?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

This is a noble intention to fulfill one’s Hajj.

Yes, you can perform Hajj if you have a husband or a mahram, unmarriageable kin, like your brother going along with you. However, as you haven’t done your own obligatory (fard) Hajj, it will be disliked (makruh) to do so, but valid. [‘Ala’ al-Din ‘Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-‘Ala’iyya]

May Allah Most High open up doors of his sustenance for you, enable ease of travel there and back with increased spirituality and closeness to Allah and love of His Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).

Check these links:
A Hajj Reader – SeekersGuidance
Can One Perform Hajj on Behalf of Others? – SeekersGuidance
Can a Man Perform Hajj on Behalf of a Non-Mahram Woman? – SeekersGuidance

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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.