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The Will Must Be Executed
Question:

A man died and made a bequest that the income from one of his houses be used for slaughtering an animal and a pilgrimage to be performed on his behalf every year, if it was possible, or every other year. And if there was any excess, it should be used in righteous works. The question is: Is the performance of the Hajj which was willed obligatory, so long as there is a person willing to perform it on his behalf, but one has doubts about him, since he is only performing the pilgrimage for the sake of some financial return. Would it be better to spent the equivalent amount of this money in righteous works, such as building a mosque and other such things or not?
Answer:

It is obligatory to implement the provisions which the one making the bequest willed, because Hajj is one of those acts which brings one closer to Allaah and it is upon the trustee to use his judgement and to appoint one who appears to be a good and righteous person, who desires to perform the Hajj in order to draw closer to Allaah, Most Glorified - not for the sake of money. It is Allaah, Most Glorified Who holds the knowledge of all things secret and Who recompenses them.

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 5 Page 60
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