Question: Is there any problem making Hajj if you owe someone money and they agree to accept repayment after you return, so what is the best thing to do, pay the debt or make the Hajj?

Answer: The Shaykh حفظه ألله said that debt is very, very important. For example if someone died and he had unpaid debts the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم used to ask the companions if the person had any debts that were unpaid. If they said "yes" then he صلى الله عليه و سلم would say to them to pray on him as he would not pray on someone who was in debt.

In the case where the lender wanted the money then the debt should be repaid. In this case however, since the person said that it is okay to go ahead and make Hajj and then repay the debt this is okay but with a condition. The condition is that the person going to Hajj should have something equivalent in value as a guarantee, like property or the like. This is in the event that the debtor dies whilst on Hajj, in this case the lender would have the guarantee as repayment of the debt. If there is no guarantee then he should not make the Hajj and should pay the debt. If the debtor has property or an apartment additional to what his family lives in then this could be used as the guarantee. This is the opinion that he recommends.

Answered by: Shaykh Wasiullaah al-Abbas حفظه الله

Title of Lecture: Explanation of Ad-Durrar Al-Bahiyyah of Imaam Shawkaani - The Book of Purification

Date of the Lecture: CLASS #1 - Delivered on December 17th, 2005

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