Q: I have been told that it is permissible to perform tawaaf on behalf of anyone, regardless of his or her status. However, someone else has told me that this is only so, if the person on whose behalf we are offering tawaaf is invalid, poor, too old or deceased. Please clarify.
A: If you are referring to performing tawaaf and conveying the reward to someone else, then it is permissible to convey the reward to the living and the dead. However, if you are referring to a waajib or sunnah tawaaf which the sick person has to carry out, then in this case carrying out the tawaaf for him will not be valid. The old, sick or disabled person could be taken on a wheelchair to complete his tawaaf.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)