Are Woman’s Male Relatives Obligated to Fund Her Hajj?

22 July, 2019
Q As-salamu `alaykum. My question is about women who are financially dependent first on their fathers, then husbands then sons. Now Hajj is fard for women but in the above case which mahram is responsible for her Hajj expense?If none of the mahram is responsible for her expense including her brother, then will she be held responsible for not performing this fard or her mahram will be held responsible or none of them? And in another case, if a woman is having her own earning, then she is eligible to perform Hajj from her savings but she wants her husband to bare the expenses even though the husband will struggle to collect amount for her expense but he will manage.And the husband doesn't want to tell her that he will collect money with hardship because if he tells the wife his situation, then she might think that it's because she is earning that's why he doesn’t want to spend on her.


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:

It is known that Hajj is not obligatory unless one has the physical and financial ability. So, as long as the woman does not have this ability, she should not burden her husband with her Hajj finances unless that is granted to her from him or any other relative.

In responding to your about paying hajj costs by a woman’s relatives, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

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Hajj is not obligatory on a woman if she does not have the independent means to undertake it. However, she is allowed to accept the favor of her husband or father or brother if any one of them is willing to finance it.

Although a husband may provide for his wife’s Hajj, if he has the means, he is not bound to do so, especially if he is not financially solvent.

Allah Almighty 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