In the name of Allah
I have gone through this booklet “Is HAJJ obligatory on me?” compiled by Maulana Muhammad Raza Dawoodani. He has tried to present Fiqh rulings in a unique style. This is a new trend in Urdu language. He has focused on following four points:
1. To discuss the rulings which believers generally come across
2. To use friendly language spoken in daily life
3. To set aside the differences of interpretation and mention the precautionary aspect where ever possible
4. To follow logical sequence without getting into the details.
There are always merits and demerits in innovations. So is the case with this booklet. This booklet will be helpful to many brothers in faith in solving their problems but since it explains the precautionary angle, can cause extra physical and financial efforts. Generally, Momineen refer to rulings for their practical needs where details are not always required. This booklet will be the best assistant on any such occasion.
Actually the topic of Hajj is so vast and comprehensive that it cannot be covered in a single booklet. Although, the author’s effort is commendable still few decrees have not been covered. Therefore readers must take care that if their personal problem is different from the stated decree, they should refer to the genuine Ulema in order to fulfill their exact duty.
In the end, I pray for the acceptance of Agha Muhammad Raza Dawoodani's this effort and hope this will please Imam-e-Zamana (AS.). May Allah grant him further Taufeeq to work on other chapters of Fiqh in a similar fashion.
Ali Raza Swalehi
20th Jamadi-us-Sani 1431 AH / 4th June 2010.