Answered by: Maulana Qadeer Ahmed Tariq
Can I perform Hajj or Umrah with others’ gifted money?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
There is no reason why a well-wisher should not donate Hajj expenses to someone, and it is not a condition of obligatory or naafil Hajj being valid that it should be paid for with the pilgrim’s own money.
If this donation is given to a relative, then the reward is greater, and he or she will have a reward like that of Hajj, insha Allah. This is something that is to be appreciated, and he or she is included in the words of the verse (interpretation of the meaning):
“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety)”
If you have not done Hajj before then this Hajj will be the obligatory one, and it will not be nafil just because the money has been gifted
One indication that it is permissible to do Hajj with money other than one’s own is the fact that it is permissible to give zakah to a poor person so that he can do Hajj. This is included in the verse in which Allah says, listing those who are entitled to receive zakah.
Only Allah Knows best
Written by Maulana Qadeer Ahmed Tariq
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham