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Return to Sufficiency

27. Return to Sufficiency is another prerequisite in the obligation of the Hajj, which means that when he returns back home from Hajj he should have [or be in] a position to manage himself and his family, actually and potentially. Thus if he does not have [a surplus sum] other than the capital with which he runs his and his family's affairs, such that if he spends that capital for the Hajj, he would come back with no sufficient [funds to manage his family], the Hajj would not be obligatory for him.
28. It is not obligatory to sell the basic essentials of life, such as the house, furniture or clothing that fit his status, even books in the case of students, to use the proceeds to go to Hajj. However, if he had things superfluous to his need, such as having two houses, for one of which he has no need, it is obligatory for him to sell the [second] house in order to go to Hajj. The same is applicable to other superfluous stuff.
29. If something is no longer considered as essential, such as jewellery for a woman who either no longer wears them and it is not befitting for her status to keep them, or if she has grown old and it is not customary for her to wear them, if the proceeds of the sale would be sufficient for the Hajj, it would be obligatory for her to sell them and go to Hajj.
30. If he owned a house, and also had a house under his control such that he would be able to live in the latter house with his family without any difficulty or finding himself morally obliged to the owner of the house, it is not obligatory for him to sell the house he owns to go to Hajj. However, if he and his family were living in the house under his control, such that normally he is not considered to need the house he owns, it would be obligatory for him to sell his house to go to Hajj. The same ruling apply to other things too if the sale proceeds cover the Hajj expenses.
31. If he had sufficient funds for the Hajj expenses, but he was not married yet, or he did not have a house to live in, or does not have the furniture for the house, the obligation of the Hajj has a higher priority. Unless his remaining unmarried, or without a house to live in, or without furniture constitutes such difficulty that he would not normally bear, in which case the Hajj is not obligatory for him.

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