Deferring the Obligation of Hajj

Answered according to Maliki Fiqh by BinBayyah.net
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I am a senior employee and have a good salary – praise be to Allah. I do not have my own house, but I live in a rented one. I have a sum of money that is not enough to buy a house, but is enough to perform hajj. Should I fulfill the obligation of hajj, although I live in a rented house? Can I defer the fulfillment of the hajj obligation until after buying a house, taking into account that this may take years?

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah. Brother, you have to give priority to the obligation of hajj because it is an immediate obligation, according to the position of the majority of scholars. So, as long as you have enough money to fulfill the obligation of hajj and will not leave your family in hardship, you have to go to perform hajj and not defer it. Hajj is an immediate obligation, according to the position of Malik, Ahmad and a strong opinion in the Hanifite school.

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