My father died about 10 years ago. He never did the hajj pilgrimage. I now want to pay for someone to do it on his behalf.
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Hope you are well. I would greatly appreciate if you could answer my question.
My father died about 10 years ago. He never did the hajj pilgrimage.
I now want to pay for someone to do it on his behalf. Who is the best person to do it? Should someone who has already done hajj before do it? Or can it be anyone? Or is it best for myself or one of my other siblings do it?
Thank you very very much in advance
Khuda Hafiz (also why do some people say that one should say allah hafiz...is it wrong to say khuda hafiz?) If it is wrong - i apologise - Allah Hafiz
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Hajj for parents father
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Your Question: My father died about 10 years ago. He never did the
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.418 Narrated by Ibn Abbas
A woman came to the Prophet (saws) and said, "My mother vowed to perform the Hajj but she died before performing it. Should I perform the Hajj on her behalf?" He (saws) said, "Yes! Perform the Hajj on her behalf. See, if your mother had been in debt, would you have paid her debt?" She said, "Yes." He (saws) said, "So you should pay what is for Him, as Allah has more right that one should fulfill one's obligations to Him."
Your Question: Who is the best person to do it?
The absolute best person to perform the hajj-e-badal for ones parents would be one amongst their siblings, or a close relative like brother, sister, uncle, etc., or a close friend of the deceased.
Your Question: Should someone who has already done hajj before do it?
It is preferable that the one who is going to perform a hajj-e-badal on anothers behalf, should have performed their obligatory rite of hajj prior to their performing the pilgrimage on anothers behalf.
Your Question: I now want to pay for someone to do it on his behalf.
If one cannot find a close relative or loved one to perform the hajj for their deceased parents, there is absolutely no harm in paying for someone to perform the hajj for their deceased parents.
Your Question: Or is it best for myself or one of my other
siblings do it?
The absolute best would obviously be for one of the off-springs to perform the hajj-e-badal for their deceased parents.
Your Question: Khuda Hafiz (also why do some people say that one should say allah hafiz...is it wrong to say khuda hafiz?) If it is wrong - i apologise - Allah Hafiz
The term Khuda is not an Arabic term, but probably rather derived from a Farsi (Iranian) term which they would use for God or gods. Although, if when one says Khuda-Hafiz with the intention and to mean that one go in the protection of the One and Only True Lord God Who Created, there is absolutely no harm.
But a more appropriate and better phrase for the believers to say when departing would be the Arabic phrase Fee-Amaan Allah meaning (in the protection of Allah), or Allah-Maak (may Allah be with you), or Ma-as Salaama (.with you be peace), or even Allah-Hafiz meaning (.may Allah protect you).
With a little practice, these terms would become second nature and a good salutation to say to ones brother or sister when departing.
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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,