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Ruling 2056

If a person who has become able does not go for hajj, and afterwards due to old age, illness, or incapacitation he is unable to perform hajj or it entails hardship, and if he loses hope in being able to perform hajj himself in subsequent years, then he must send someone to perform hajj on his behalf; and if in subsequent years he is able to perform hajj himself, he must do so. The same applies if a person cannot perform hajj due to old age, illness, or incapacitation in the first year that he acquires a sufficient amount of wealth for performing hajj, and he loses hope in being able to perform it in subsequent years. In all of these cases, the recommended precaution (al‑iḥtiyāṭ al‑mustaḥabb) is that if the person being represented (al‑manūb ʿanhu) is a man, then the representative (nāʾib) should be someone who will go for hajj for the first time (ṣarūrah).