When was Hajj made obligatory?

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In which year AH was Hajj made obligatory?.
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The scholars differed as to the year in which Hajj was made obligatory. It was said that it was in 5 AH, or in 6 AH, or in 9 AH, or in 10 AH. The most likely to be correct are the last two suggestions, which is that it was made obligatory in 9 or 10 AH. 

The evidence for that is the verse (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House (Ka‘bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allaah, those who can afford the expenses (for one’s conveyance, provision and residence)…”

[Aal ‘Imraan 3:97]

This verse states that Hajj is obligatory, and it was revealed in ‘aam al-wufood (the year of delegations) at the end of 9 AH, so Hajj became obligatory at the end of 9 AH.  

See Zaad al-Ma’aad, 3/595 

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See Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Buhooth al’Ilmiyyah wa’l-Ifta, 11/11.

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