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13 Zil Hajj 1439
25 August 2018




Please comment on the latest fatwa issued by Sheikh Qardawi on the performance of Hajj. In his fatwa he minimized the significance and importance of Hajj, saying that “there is greater spiritual gratification (in tending to the poor) than circumambulating around the Ka’bah”.

Qardawi has been severely criticized by the Saudi minister of Islamic Affairs, other officials of the Saudi government, and by social media activists. Is there any merit in what Qardawi says?


In the past we have severely criticized Sheikh Qardawi, especially on the issue of encouraging women to attend the Musaajid. Undoubtedly, he is a liberal, but a thousand times better than the Saudi palace evil sheikhs who are paid by the kufr Saudi regime to halaalize all the haraam, immorality and kufr upheavals which are transforming Arabia into a kufr state.

Whatever Qardawi’s motivation is for his latest fatwa, we shall not attempt to fathom it nor subject it to any criticism. Allah Ta’ala Alone is aware of what goes on within the innermost recesses of the heart.  Furthermore, we withhold criticism despite his liberalism, solely on the basis of his Fatwa being valid and correct in terms of the Shariah.

It comes in the Hadith that breaking the heart of a Mu’min is worse than breaking even the Ka’bah. Qardawi’s Fatwa applies to Nafl Hajj and Umrah. It does not apply to Fardh Hajj. In this context, his Fatwa is 100% in accord with the Shariah. In fact, we shall go the further mile to say that it is haraam in this age to go for Nafl Hajj and Umrah.

The entire journey and even right inside the Haram Shareef, the environment is bedeviled with shaitaaniyat. The Holy Cities have been converted into kuffaar style holiday resorts which are the main attractions for the throngs of so-called hujjaaj. They are more attracted by the haraam artifacts of westernization than by the Ka’bah. From the moment a person leaves home until he/she returns home, it is a scenario of bedevilment. It is haraam compounded with haraam at all stages of the journey and even at the destination in the Holy Cities.

Whilst, the stupid persons performing Nafl Hajj and Umrah squander tens of millions and even billions of dollars annually on mock-hajj and mock-umrah, soothing their conscience with acts of mock-ibaadat which they perform on outings which are in reality haraam merrymaking and holidaying, millions of the Ummah in different countries are languishing in grinding poverty, squalor, disease and jahaalat – such jahaalat which is the prelude to the effacement of their Imaan. In such a scenario it cannot be permissible to undertake journeys for Nafl Hajj and Umrah. No amount of soothing the conscience can justify this satanic waste of huge monetary resources.

Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn Abbaas (Radhiyallahu anhu) broke his I’tikaaf for the sake of aiding a brother in monetary distress. This eminent Sahaabi justified the nullification of his I’tikaaf on the basis of the advice of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) who said that aiding a stricken Brother Muslim is the equivalent of 120 I’tikaaf. It does not follow that he had not made Qadha of the nullified I’tikaaf.  In the circumstances, he had opted for the Ibaadat of greater merit.

As for the Saudi criticism of Qardawi, it should be dismissed. It is the effect of political chagrin, and the effect of the kufr of the kufr Saudi regime. As for the criticism of the social media activists, it is the lament of the donkeys of shaitaan. These ‘activists’ are juhala agents of Iblees.

We are in agreement with Sheikh Qardawi on the issue of Nafl Hajj and Umrah.