Hajj on behalf of Someone Who Does not Pray: Allowed?
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Hajj On Behalf of Someone Who Does not Pray: Allowed?

Questioner

Junaid

Reply Date

Aug 03, 2018

Question

I have performed Hajj before for myself and now I am going to Hajj this year and I want to make it on behalf of my uncle who died in a car accident. But I have a doubt that he prayed. Will this be accepted?

Mufti

Answer


Hajj on behalf of Someone Who Does not Pray: Allowed?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

As long as you said that you are in doubt about whether your uncle used to pray or not, we would say it is allowed for you to do Hajj on his behalf, as doubt cannot be taken as a basis or a ground to establish ruling in Islam. 


With regard to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, answers:

The legal status of someone who does not pray is controversial among jurists. If someone does not pray and denies the obligatory character of prayer, he or she is not considered a Muslim any more according to the consensus of scholars.

As for someone who misses prayer out of laziness, it is a controversial issue among jurists.

The view believed to be the most correct is the one adopted by Imam Abu Hanifah (may Allah bless his soul) that he or she is a sinful Muslim. He or she is committing a grave sin, but we still regard him or her to be a Muslim as long as he/she believes in Allah and bear witnesses that Muhammad is His Messenger.

As far as performing Hajj on behalf of someone who does not pray is concerned, if we know FOR SURE that he or she doesn’t pray and that he/she doesn’t regard prayer as an obligation in Islam, then it is not allowed to do Hajj on behalf of him/her.

But if we know that he or she doesn’t pray but we are not sure whether he or she regards prayer  as obligatory or not, then it is allowed to make Hajj on his/her behalf.

As long as you said that you are in doubt about whether your uncle used to pray or not, we would say it is allowed for you to do Hajj on his behalf, as doubt cannot be taken as a basis or a ground to establish ruling in Islam.

 Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




About Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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