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Is it wrong for Ahmadis to go for Hajj since it is illegal for them to do so?

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:

O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and obey His Messenger and those who are in authority among you. And if you differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger if you are believers in Allah and the Last Day.

(Surah an-Nisa’, 4:60)

In commentary, Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih IV rta wrote:

With regards to a Muslim ruler, how can you differ with him in any matter that needs to be referred to Allah and His Messenger? Here, Allah and His Messenger clearly means the teachings of the Quran. Thus, whoever the ruler is, whether Muslim or non-Muslim, if he commands you to act contrary to a fundamental teaching of the Quran, then it will be necessary to obey the Quran rather than the ruler.

(Holy Quran Urdu with Simple Translation, p. 140)

If there is the possibility of danger on the way to Hajj, then Hajj is no longer obligatory, as Allah Almighty said:

And pilgrimage to the House is a duty which men—those who can find a way thither—owe to Allah.

(Surah Al-e-‘Imran, 3:98)

However, one can still observe voluntary Hajj and Umrah even if there is danger on the way. For example, the Holy Prophet sas left for Umrah while actively in a state of war with the Meccans. When he sas found out they had sent an army against him, rather than turn back, he sas took an alternative route and continued. However, upon arriving near Mecca when they refused to let him enter, then he did not demand his right but instead turned back (Life of Muhammad, 189–194).

Based on this example, Hadrat ibn ‘Umar ra also went for Hajj when there was a possibility of danger.

He (the son of Ibn ‘Umar) said, “I fear that this year a battle might take place between the people and you might be prevented from going to the Kaaba. I suggest that you should stay here.” Ibn ‘Umar said, “Once Allah’s Messenger sas set out for the pilgrimage, and the pagans of Quraish intervened between him and the Kaaba. So, if the people intervened between me and the Kaaba, I would do the same as Allah’s Messenger sas had done. Verily, in Allah’s Messenger sas you have a good example.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 25, Hadith 122)

Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih IV rta explained that it is up to each Ahmadi to judge whether it is safe enough to go for voluntary Hajj or Umrah. If they can obtain a visa and feel there is little possibility of danger, they can go. If they fear there is a great possibility of facing danger, they should not go (Question Answer Session, May 11, 1984). However, Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih IV rta stipulated:

But if you have to tell lies before you get a visa, that is prohibited. That Hajj will be no Hajj at all. Any Hajj performed with the help of a lie is no Hajj, because lies and Hajj do not go together.

(Question Answer Session, Oct 23, 1984)

Eventually, when the people of Arabia accept Ahmadiyyat, the present policies of the Saudi government will change. Not only will all Muslims be permitted to observe Hajj, but non-Muslims will also be permitted to visit the Kaaba. The Holy Quran says:

O ye who believe! Surely, the idolaters are unclean. So they shall not approach the Sacred Mosque after this year of theirs.

(Surah al-Taubah, 9:29)

In commentary, Hadrat Khalifatul-Masih IV rta wrote:

The idolaters being unclean here means the uncleanliness of their doctrine, physical uncleanliness is not meant. Thus the meaning of stopping the idolaters from performing Hajj means to not allow them to observe Hajj while performing their idolatrous rituals. This is because during the time of ignorance (before Islam) they would sometimes perform Hajj while naked and while taking their idols along with them. Thus, according to Imam Abū Hanifah and other Hanafi jurists as well, idolaters can enter every mosque of the Muslims, even the Sacred Mosque. However, they do not have permission to perform Hajj or Umrah there with their idolatrous rituals (Holy Quran Urdu with Simple Translation, p. 306).

Updated on February 23, 2019

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