Yusef Saanei on the factors establishing ability for undergoing Hajj (pilgrimage)

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from Iran, in:
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Yusuf Saanei
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Yusef Saanei on the factors establishing ability for undergoing Hajj (pilgrimage)

1- One must possess provisions and necessities and means of transportation, or have enough money to provide them.

2- One must be healthy and strong enough to go to Mecca and perform the acts of worship.

3- There must be no obstacle on the way. If the way is blocked, or if one fears that they will lose their life or reputation, or if they fear that they will be robbed of their property, it will not be obligatory for them to go on the pilgrimage; but if they can take another route to Mecca, they should take it even if it is a longer one; however, the other route should not cause a lot of hardship and it should not be very uncommon.

4- They must have enough time to perform all the acts of worship.

5- They must have sufficient money to meet the needs and expenses of their dependents whose expenses are obligatory for them to undertake, such as one's wife and children as well as who are known by people as to be liable for such payments.

6- They must have some means of making their living like one's making profit from one's property, farming etc. so that they may not lead a life of hardship when they return home Hajj.