When does Hajj becomes obligatory

Book:

The Book of Hajj - كتاب الحج.

Chapter:

Identification of the Obligation

Topic/Issue:3507 - When does Hajj becomes obligatory
Opinions:
Opinion FromOpinionExplanation
Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik(one opinion)It is immediateThey held the initial time of obligation in hajj, as applicable to an individual who has the ability (for performance), to be similar to the last time of prayer. The reason for holding it to be similar to the last portion of the time of prayer is that it is terminated with the advent of the time in which his act is not valid, just as the time of prayer is terminated with the advent of time in which the worshipper is not considered to be offering his prayer as 'ada'

These jurists also argue on the basis of the risk that becomes associated with the postponement to another year because of the greater possibility of death occuring during a longer period. They maintain that this is different from the case of delay in prayer from its first time to its last, as the likelihood of the person's death within that short time is far less than it is within a year.
m(another report), Imam ShafiIt is spread out over a period of time. hajj became obligatory years before the Prophet (Gods peace and blessings be upon him) performed the hajj. If it required immediate compliance the Prophet (Gods peace and blessings be upon him) would not have delayed the performance of his hajj. If he had done so because of an excuse he would have explained it.

Also they said that if it is specific to a particular time, the principle would be to attribute sin to the person who relinquishes it till the time passes, the basis (for the analogy) being the time of prayer.
They held the initial time of obligation in hajj, as applicable to an individual who has the ability (for performance), to be similar to the initial time of prayer
Tags :Worship, Hajj, Obligation, Timing, Immediate, Delayed
References:1[pg:377]
Last Updated:2011-03-05

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