Fiqh-us-Sunnah Volume 5, Hajj and ‘Umrah, Fiqh 5.015.

Section : No Sarorah (Delaying) in Islam.

Ibn ‘Abbas reports: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: ‘There is no Sarorah (delaying performance of obligatory Hajj) in Islam.”’ (Ahmad and Abu Daw’ud)

Al-Khattabi remarks: “The word sarorah has two meanings:

1. a person who does not marry and leads a life of celibacy, like monastic Christians; or

2. someone who has not performed Hajj. In other words this means that no one able to perform Hajj should fail to do so, because in Islam there is no delaying of obligatory Hajj.

Some scholars refer to it as a proof that a person who has not performed Hajj is not allowed to perform Hajj on behalf of others. Al-Awza’i, Ash-Shafi’i. Ahmad and Ishaq hold this view. Malik and Ath-Thawri say: “Such a person’s Hajj depends on his own intention.” Al-Hasan Al-Basri, ‘Ata and An-Nakh’i also hold a similar view.

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