The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:
إذا قضى أحدكم حجه فليعجِّل الرجوع إلى أهله فإنه أعظم لأجره
“When one of you finishes his Hajj, let him hasten to return to his family, as that is greater for his reward.”
Collected by Al-Haakim and al-Bayhaqee, and declared “hasan” by Shaykh Al-Albaanee in Saheeh al-Jaami’ as-Sagheer (#732). See also: as-Silsilah as-Saheehah (#1379).
Points of Benefit:
The reward for a person who completed Hajj can be greater by simply returning home to his family without unnecessary delay.
Men are normally needed by their families to take care of them, protect them, educate them, and ensure their rights are fulfilled properly. Thus, it is better for a man to finish his hajj and then return to his family quickly and resume his role with them.
This is general guidance, yet when there is a need or a benefit to be gained from remaining on the journey, related to important religious matters, or even beneficial worldly matters, he may do so, so long as he is not causing harm to those who need his presence back home, and Allaah knows best.
This hadeeth indicates a general recommendation to return home quickly after the Hajj is completed, but not an obligation.
Islam focuses heavily on a family’s rights over their caretakers.
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