At What Age Is Hajj Accepted? ~ Hi all readers! In several previous articles I have explained many things about Hajj, such as Hajj for small children, Hajj for people who have died, the literal meaning of Hajj, and so on. In this article I will explain something else about Hajj. Another thing I mean is the best age for Hajj. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you have to read it to the end.
Before I explain a lot about the best age for Hajj, I want you to understand that what is meant by the best age for Hajj is the minimum age for Hajj to be accepted. You have to understand that because at any age Muslims are allowed to perform Hajj and not all Hajj performed can invalidate their obligations as Muslims who are able to perform Hajj.
Specifically, there are two important points about the best age for Hajj which I will explain here. Two important things I mean are as follows:
Terms of Hajj
The first important thing about the best age for Hajj which I will explain here is the terms of Hajj. What is meant by the terms of Hajj here are some things that require Muslims to perform Hajj. Thus, if they do not fulfill these terms, then they are not obliged to perform Hajj.
The terms of Hajj that I mean are as follows:
The first term of Hajj is Islam. The point is that the person who has to perform Hajj is a Muslim. Non-Muslims have no obligation to perform Hajj.
Two: age of puberty (baligh).
The second term of Hajj is baligh. Baligh is a term in Islamic law that explains that a person is an adult and is obliged to perform all obligations and stay away from all prohibitions in Islam. Some of the obligations in Islam that I mean are prayer, zakat, fasting during Ramadan, and Hajj if he is able to do it, and so on. As for some of the prohibitions in Islam I mean adultery, drunkenness, murder, and so on. So, non-baligh Muslims have no obligation to perform Hajj.
Three: sensible Muslims.
The third term for Hajj is sensible Muslims. The point is that a mature Muslim must be able to distinguish between what is good and what is bad. Thus, the insane person has no obligation to perform Hajj.
Four: free Muslims.
The fourth term of Hajj is free. The point is that a Muslim slave has no obligation to perform Hajj. I think we all understand that.
Five: able to perform Hajj.
The fifth term of hajj is being able to perform Hajj. What is meant by the ability to perform Hajj is that Muslims who have met these four terms must be healthy and able to go to the Baitullah to perform Hajj. Not only that, they must be able to meet all their needs during the Hajj, be able to pay the fare to return home.
For a husband who wants to perform Hajj, he has to fulfill all the terms I have described and fulfill all the primary needs of the family he left behind during Hajj.
At What Age Is Hajj Accepted?
The second important point that I will explain here is the best age for Hajj. So, specifically, I will explain the answer to the question “at what age is Hajj accepted?”. That is the focus of our discussion now.
In the previous few paragraphs I have explained all the terms that must be met by someone who wants to perform Hajj. One term of Hajj that is specifically related to age is baligh. I have explained what baligh is very well. So, what we have to understand is “at what age does a Muslim reach the age of puberty?”
If we read Islamic legal literacy about the age of puberty (baligh), then we will find several opinions about it. So, what we have to understand is the standard age of puberty.
In Islamic literacy, the standard age of puberty (baligh) is as follows:
Standards of Age of Puberty (Baligh) for Males
There are three standards for the age of puberty for men. So, we can use one of these standards to conclude whether a man has reached the age of puberty or not.
The three standards for the age of puberty for men are as follows:
- Fifteen years of age.
The age of fifteen is one of the standard age of puberty in Islamic law. So, if a man is already fifteen years old, then we can conclude that he has reached the age of puberty.
- Wet dreams.
Wet dreams are one of the standards of puberty in Islam. So, if there is a man who is not yet fifteen years old but he has wet dreams, then we can conclude that he has reached the age of puberty.
- Grow hair on the body.
The growth of hair in some parts of the body, such as a mustache, beard, etc. is one of the standards for the age of puberty. So, if we see a man has a mustache or beard, then we can conclude that he has reached the age of puberty.