09 August 2020   18. Zul Hijjah 1441

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Delaying Hajj due to breastfeeding

Q: A couple have been accredited for Hajj. They have sufficient means to make the journey. However, the wife is breastfeeding her baby. Is this a valid reason to postpone Hajj or should she wean the child off and make Hajj?

A: The obligation of Hajj should not be unduly delayed. The wife may consider making suitable arrangements for the feeding of the child during her absence. However, if adequate arrangements cannot be made, the woman may delay her Hajj. She may perform her Hajj at another time with her mahram. However, the husband should proceed for Hajj as his wife not being able to make Hajj is not a valid excuse for him to delay his obligation.

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