Must a Husband Pay for His Wife’s Hajj?

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Dear scholar, as-salamu `alaykum.I have a question regarding Hajj. One of my friends told me that she read in an authentic book that the cost of a woman's Hajj is not compulsory on her husband. Is this true? Meaning, does a woman have to do her Hajj with her own money not her husband's?Jazakum Allah khayran!
Sheikh `Attiyyah Saqr

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear sister in Islam, thanks a lot for your question, which reflects your care to have a clear view of the teachings of Islam. Allah commands Muslims to refer to people of knowledge to become well acquainted with the teachings of Islam in all aspects of life.

It is well known that a husband must maintain his wife in terms of residence, clothing, food and general care. Yet it is not obligatory on him to provide for his wife’s Hajj, for this is not part of the wife’s maintenance. Taking one’s wife to Hajj is an aspect of devotion to her, not an obligation.

In this concern, Sheikh `Atiyyah Saqr, former head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, states:

A husband is not obliged to bear the costs of his wife’s Hajj, as it is not included in the marital maintenance, exactly as it is not obligatory for a father to pay for his son’s Hajj. A husband has responsibility for the full maintenance of his wife. This means that he has to provide her with residence, clothing, food and general care. But it is not incumbent on him to provide for her Hajj. 

A husband may pay for his wife’s Hajj out of courtesy to the wife. So if he is financially able, then it is a sign of caring and kindness to the wife to take her for Hajj. Therefore, if a husband offers to take his wife for Hajj, she can accept without embarrassment.

Allah Almighty knows best.