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Explanation of the Verse on Hajj


Question: The following verse appears in the Qur'an with regards to Haj: من استطاع اليه سبيلا. It is common amongst people that Haj becomes fardh (compulsory) on one who has performed umrah. Is this correct?

Answer: Through the verse: من استطاع اليه سبيلا it is understood that a person must have the ability to reach there. During the period of Hajj one needs to have sufficient means to reach there in order for Hajj to become fardh on him, irrespective of whether his intention in reaching there was for Umrah or any thing else.

When he possesses the ability Hajj becomes fardh. However it is a grievous error to only perform Umrah and not perform Hajj despite possessing the ability.

Yes, Hajj does not become fardh on one who possesses the means at some other period of the year outside the period of Hajj.


Question: Men and women make tawaf together. Why has permission been granted for this?

Answer: Where has permission been granted? Sharia has not granted permission.

Question: How will women then be able to make tawaf?

Answer: If separate times are allocated for men and women no problem will be experienced as is the case in Madinah Munawwarah where separate times have been allocated for men and women to make ziyaarat.

Question: Fine, there is a solution to the problem in tawaf but what is the solution to the problems relating to the saffs of Salaah? The women gap in and stand in the men's saffs. If the women don't do this, how else will they be able to earn the virtue of hundred thousand thawab (rewards) for one salah?

Answer: This thawaab applies to men only. As far as women are concerned, then the hadith clearly explains that the best place for them is the masjid of their homes.

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