Kids at Hajj – Planning to Take Kids to Hajj
As Muslim parents, who would not want to take their kids to Hajj and have them experience the spiritual journey? This is especially true for Muslims living in Non-Muslim countries like the UK. They perceive that taking kids to hajj is a great way to teach them about Islam and its cardinal teachings. However, Kids at Hajj is a complex topic that revolves around many queries, concerns, religious fatwas, and financial and safety issues. Our staff writer has gathered some frequently asked questions about Hajj by minors.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE KIDS AT HAJJ?
As far as the issue of the permissibility of taking Kids to Hajj goes, there is nothing that can stop you from that; given you are granted visa for hajj tour. If you are able to pay for your child’s hajj Tickets, visa, and accommodation, you can take your kids to hajj. There is no religious or immigration bar to it. You can contact us for booking Family Hajj Packages 2020 for you and your family and kids.
However, knowing that Hajj is attended by millions around the world and requires spiritual involvement, it is highly advisable to not to have Kids at Hajj. This works best in Kid’s safety interests and will leave you in peace to perform steps of hajj properly.
WILL THE CHILD HAVE REWARD FOR THE HAJJ?
The most cited Hadith in this matter is Hadith number 3093 in Sahi Muslim. A woman raised her child up high and asked the Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH if her child will have Hajj rewards if taken to Hajj. Prophet Muhammad PBUH replied in affirmative and further added that even parents and guardians who help Kids at Hajj perform their steps will be rewarded. It is considered highly rewarding if you help any dependant; whether old or young, during hajj and umrah travel.
For a completed hajj by a minor, the child will perform all the rituals that they can do by themselves. The parents can perform rituals on their behalf where they cannot do it. For example, if the child understands ihram and its restrictions, he can do the ihram niyat himself. If the child is unable to do the above, the parents can offer the niyat on behalf of the child.
WHAT KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER IF YOU TAKE KIDS AT HAJJ
The decision to take kids for hajj is totally the parents’ own preference and affordability. If you are booking Hajj 2020 package for a family with kids, you will find our blog useful. Take care of travel points.
- You should have the necessary immunizations done before and after travel. Check Saudi Arabia at TravelHealth Pro to get further information.
- Your Hajj travel agent can help you with details of how best to prepare for the journey. Make sure you note down what facilities are and are not available before you actually book any cheap hajj packages.
- You need to ensure your kids are well hydrated and wear clothes according to weather prevailing in Saudi Arabia during the period you have accompanying kids at Hajj or Umrah.
- Please make sure you have your Kids at Hajj with full preparation to meet the cold nights at Muzdalifah.
- You should have basic medicines like cough syrups and pain killers.
IS THERE ANY SUPPORT FOR PARENTS WITH KIDS AT HAJJ?
Since August 2018, The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah have provided Child care nurseries from 7th to 13th of Dhul Hajj. However, this is not a free service and you need to register for it at the time of completion of your Hajj Visa Application. Every registered British travel agency offering hajj or umrah packages are able to help their clients register for Nursery services accompanying children of pilgrims. This service will keep your kids safe from large crowds and limit their exposure to sickness and possible injuries.
WHAT IS THE VALIDITY OF THE HAJJ PERFORMED BY KIDS?
We now come to the most debated area of Kids at the Hajj topic. We have concluded that you can take your kids to Hajj and you will have a reward for this hajj. However, whether this hajj is counted towards one obligatory hajj in a lifetime or not is another issue.
The most widely accepted view is that NO, this does not count towards the one obligatory hajj. If you have ever read any literature on hajj or booked hajj packages in past, you would know that Adulthood is a necessary condition for the validity of Hajj along with sanity, freedom and financial and physical affordability.
There have been dissenting views where the kids at hajj are kids old enough to understand the rituals and their importance. Some schools of thought believe that if said kids have spiritually understood the hajj journey and at a later stage, they repay hajj expense to their sponsoring parents, it is counted as obligatory hajj. This will be similar to hajj with loan money.
Some religious scholars have even gone as far as that they may need not repay if parents expressively say that they waver the repayment requirement or that they have gifted them money for hajj travel.
It is worth repeating and stressing that for most religious scholars, hajj by minors DO NOT count towards the obligatory hajj and such minors will have to perform hajj again if they have physical and financial means when they grow into adults.
All religious point of views discussed in this blog is purely our staff writer’s own research. They are not meant to replace any religious fatwa or be taken as the main factor in your decision of whether having accompanying Kids at Hajj. You should consult the religious authorities for your particular fiqh before making any decision. However, our staff can help you book cheap Hajj packages 2020 or best Umrah Packages for you and your friends and family. We can assist you with registering child care nursery facilities also. You can contact us at 02088-193-505 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org