Can Wife Make Hajj Without Her Husband?

22 July, 2019
Q As-salamu `alaykum. Is it obligatory for a husband to accompany his wife on her Hajj, or is Hajj obligatory according to each person's own responsibility? I am not only speaking about the economic factor but also the necessity of accompanying my wife.


Wa `alaykum as-salam 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.

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In this fatwa:

1- A husband should exert every effort to help his wife carry out her religious duties.

2- Therefore, he should not hesitate to accompany her on Hajj if he is able to.

3- If he is unable to go with his wife, then she should understand the situation and look for an alternative.

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

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) told a person to accompany his wife on Hajj even at the expense of doing voluntary jihad. Therefore, it is your spousal obligation to accompany her on Hajj if you can.

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However, if your circumstances do not allow you to accompany your wife, you are excused, and she should find another alternative such as traveling with a blood relation or a group of trustworthy women.

Almighty Allah knows best.

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