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Hajj of a minor

Hajj of a minor

The most Holiest of place for Muslims. The kaaba..
 
Question: If I want to take my son, who has not yet reached adolescence, with me to Hajj, should I dress him in ihraam clothes and do all the rituals on his behalf, such as doing tawaaf on his behalf, etc., or should I dress him in regular clothes and not do anything on his behalf since he is little and does not have to do Hajj?
 
Answer: If a child has reached the age of discernment but has not yet reached adolescence and his father or guardian wants to take him for Hajj, he should tell him to put on ihraam garments and the child should do all the rituals of Hajj for himself, starting with entering ihraam from the meeqaat, until the end of the actions of Hajj, and his father or guardian should stone the Jamaraat on his behalf if he cannot do that himself. He should tell him to avoid the things that are forbidden whilst in ihraam. But if the child is below the age of discernment, then his father or guardian should make the intention of entering ihraam for Hajj or ‘Umrah on his behalf, and do Tawaaf and Sa’ee with him, and take him with him for all the other rituals, and stone the Jamaraat on his behalf.
 
And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad.
 
Al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wa’l-Iftaa’ – Fataawa al-Lajnah, 11/22.
 
حج الصغير
 
إذا أردت أن يحج معي ابني الذي لم يبلغ الحلم، هل ألبسه ملابس الإحرام وأقوم نيابة عنه بجميع المناسك كأن أطوف عنه..إلخ، أم ألبسه ملابسه العادية ولا أقوم عنه بشيء طالما أنه صغير ولا حج عليه ؟.
 
 الصبي المميز الذي لم يبلغ الحلم إذا أراد وليه أن يحج به فإنه يأمره بأن يلبس ملابس الإحرام، ويفعل (الصبي ) بنفسه جميع مناسك الحج ابتداءً من الإحرام من الميقات إلى آخر أعمال الحج، ويرمي عنه ( وليه ) إن لم يستطع الرمي بنفسه، ويأمره بأن يجتنب المحظورات في الإحرام ، وإذا لم يكن مميزاً فإنه ( أي وليه ) ينوي عنه الإحرام بعمرة أو حج ، ويطوف ويسعى به ويُحضره معه في بقية المناسك ويرمي عنه.
 
 وبالله التوفيق وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم .
 

 اللجنة الدائمة للبحوث العلمية والإفتاء (فتاوى اللجنة 11/22).

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