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Performing umra on borrowed money.

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Answered by Sidi Atif Raza Khan

I have incurred huge debt upto $65,000 due to educational, immigration, travel, training, and other expenses on divorsed wife. Currently I donot have a job, and am living with family who have helped me with some money till I find a job. Can I use the borrowed money to perform umra?

I can also look for a job in Saudi Arabia and other gulf countries after completing my umra. I sometimes think that maybe Allah will help me find a job in Saudi Arabia or other middle east countries. The $65,000 debt will take at least 5 years to repay. Do I have to delay umra till I repay the debt completely? Or can I perform my umra now?

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Asalaamu alaykum,

One would be recommended against going on Umrah if burdened with a large debt. The Umrah itself would be legally valid if performed.

(Confirmed with Mufti Hassan Kaleem, Shariah Advisor, AlBaraka Islamic Bank)

Wasalaam,

Atif Khan

 

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