Q: I performed Hajj with my father and family last year, 1403 A.H. - praise be to Allah - however my father was not able to perform Tawaf-ul-Ifadah (final obligatory circumambulation around the Ka‘bah in Hajj) as he could not walk. I asked in the Haram (the Sacred Mosque in Makkah) and was told that I should offer a sacrificial animal. However, due to my circumstances, I did not offer a sacrifice at the time. I left Makkah and I still have not offered this sacrifice that was obligatory on my father until now. Please advise me and may Allah reward you with the best!

A: If the Tawaf that your father missed was Tawaf-ul-Ifadah (the Tawaf of Hajj), which is one of the Pillars of Hajj that the pilgrim should perform after leaving Muzdalifah, a sacrifice will not suffice for this. Your father must go back to Makkah to perform this Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah), whether he does it walking or carried. He will also have to offer a sacrificial animal if he has sexual intercourse with his wife after the Hajj. This sacrifice should be slaughtered in Makkah and distributed among the people there. If it was the Tawaf-ul-Wada‘ (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah on leaving Makkah) that he did not perform, which is performed after finishing all the rites of Hajj, before leaving Makkah, he should offer a sacrificial animal. It has to be slaughtered in Makkah and given to the poor people there.

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

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
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`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz