Q: When I reached the age of fifteen, i asked my father to let me go to Hajj with him, expressing that my intention was to perform the Faridhah (obligation) of Hajj. But in fact, this was not my intention, I actually wanted to go there out of curiosity and to view Makkah Al-Mukkaramah, Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah, and other Sacred Places. Regarding the obligatory Hajj, at the time, I thought that I would perform it later Insha'a Allah (If Allah wills), knowing that I had perfectly performed it despite having some doubts about missing one of the Jamrat (stone pillars at which pebbles are thrown during Hajj). Should I repeat Hajj? Given that I am willing to repeat it just to be on the safe side.

A: If the case is as you mentioned, that you performed Hajj perfectly, intended it on assuming Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) and performed all the rituals, your Hajj will be valid Inshaa' Allah, and the Faridhah has been fulfilled. Regarding your first intention to view Makkah and Al-Madinah or any other place, this does not have any influence on the validity of your Hajj, other than that this intention resembles that of traders who go for business while performing Hajj, so this will affect the degree of reward earned, because your first intention was not for Hajj, but you adjusted it afterwards on assuming Ihram.

Furthermore, you should expiate by offering a sacrifice, for the doubts you have about missing one of the Jamrat, only if these doubts were about throwing three pebbles or more - for the basic principle is the obligation of throwing them - you will not be considered to have fulfilled the obligation [of throwing jamrat] unless it was performed with certainty, or by a strong probability that you performed it, and if you want to repeat Hajj to be on the safe side, seeking more reward,

then you will earn greater reward and attain perfection in offering the ceremonies. On the other hand, if you did not set the intention of Hajj on assuming Ihram, and just performed it to avoid exposing your real intention to your father, then your Hajj is not valid, as the intention is one of the pillars of Hajj without which it can not be valid. In this case you should repeat Hajj if you have the ability to do so.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

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