Sending Parents to the Hajj While in Debts

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As-ssalamu `alaykum. I am planning to send my parents for the Hajj. In regards I start saving money. But I have a student loan, mortgage and vehicle loan. So my question is: am I allegeable to send my parents for the Hajj?
Ahmad Kutty

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother, thanks for your question, which emanates from a God-loving heart. We also commend you on your dutifulness to your parents by trying to send them to perform Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam.

It should be known to every Muslim that the financial priority should be for debts. Therefore, every Muslim should give his greatest care to debts. That is based also on juristic rules; for example, a Muslim is not requires to perform Hajj while he is loaded with debts.

So, you are required, firstly, to give priority to your debts. Moreover, your parents are not required to perform Hajj as long as they do not have the financial ability.

Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

Your priority is to pay off your debts; you cannot send your parents to Hajj by borrowed money. Your student loan accumulates interest, and you need to get rid of it first.

Your parents are not required to perform Hajj in this case if they cannot afford to go by income that is pure and free from debts.

So, once you have paid these outstanding dues, then you may think of sending your parents for hajj.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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