Hajj for a person in debt

Q: I have question regarding Hajj. I have taken a loan from my father in 2018 of $65,000 for home purchase in order to avoid interest bearing transactions. Terms we decided were that I will pay when I have the ability to pay back and Alhamdulilah I have been paying back on a monthly basis and have reduced the remaining amount to $19000.

I have $70000 in 401K, cash balance around $8000. I own 50% of the house with my brother and a car (resale approx $5000 value).

My question here, is Hajj Fard on me right now?

If I decide to save for Hajj right now if Allah wills then it might be possible to save enough for Hajj (it might be possible that I may not be able to save enough or visa/qouta issue). But my loan from my dad will be still $19000. What should be my priority to first complete? If Hajj is not fard then can I go for Umrah?

A: If your zakaatable assets are more than your debts and it is sufficient to take you for hajj then hajj is compulsory on you.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)