Hajj on behalf of others

(Part No. 10; Page No. 72)  Fatwa no. 18709 All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon the Last of the Prophets. To proceed:The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' has reviewed the Fatwa (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) request submitted to His Eminence, the Grand Mufty, by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Islamic Heritage Revival in Kuwait, which was referred to the Committee from the Secretariat General of the Council of Senior Scholars, with no. 5171, dated 29/10/1416 A.H. The authority mentioned above posed a number of questions. After examination, the Committee replied to the following question:Q 1: Some benevolent people ask us to delegate others who can perform supererogatory Hajj on behalf of their relatives; taking into consideration that the people on whose behalf Hajj is to be performed are alive and can perform it themselves. Is this permissible? Also, is Hajj by proxy on behalf of a deceased person permissible in case of supererogatory Hajj?

A: Hajj by proxy is only allowed on behalf of a deceased person or a living person who is permanently unable to perform Hajj. If a person is living and able to perform Hajj, there is no evidence that Hajj can be performed by proxy on their behalf, even if it is supererogatory Hajj.