Repeated Hajj: Permissible by Breaking the Quota System?

19 July, 2019
Q Respected scholars, As-salamu `alaykum. I performed Hajj about 20 years ago and am now contemplating the idea of doing it another time as I am more prepared now. However, the quota system imposed discourages repeated Hajj. If there is a chance, should I take it at the expense of other people? Jazakum Allahu khayran.


Wa`alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

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:

Undoubtedly repeating Hajj brings great virtue for both men and women. However, they should avoid repeating Hajj frequently so as to leave more space for other pilgrims and to reduce crowding. We hope that their reward for not doing it will be greater than the reward of Hajj, if this is the intention.

In responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

No, you are not allowed to break the quota system in order to be approved for Hajj. By doing so you are depriving others of their chances to perform Hajj—those who may never have done Hajj.

Second, we are not to do anything un-Islamic, even if it is for Hajj. Hajj, you should know, is an act of worship; the reward for it is dependent on the intention and the right conduct.

Otherwise, it will not be called a Hajj mabrur (virtuous Hajj) which alone will merit rewards from Allah.

So, you should never even contemplate such an activity in order to perform Hajj, which is indeed a most noble act of worship.

It is better for you to wait for your turn and do it whenever you are given a chance. If, may Allah forbid, you were never to get it, you still will be rewarded for your intention, for the fault was not yours. Remember, Allah rewards us for our good intentions, even if we are prevented from carrying them out because of circumstances beyond our control.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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