What is the ruling on the person who performs Hajj while he has abandoned the prayer, whether it is intentionally or due to laxity concerning it? Does his performance of Hajj suffice him for completing the obligatory Hajj of Islaam?
Whoever performs Hajj while he abandons the prayer, if he does so due to rejecting the obligation of prayer, then he has disbelieved according to the consensus of the scholars and his Hajj is not correct. However, if he abandoned it due to being lax about it and heedless of it, then there is a difference of opinion about this amongst the people of knowledge. Among them there are those who think that his Hajj is correct and among them there are those who do not think that his Hajj is correct. The correct view is that his Hajj is not correct. This is due to the Prophet’s statement:
"The covenant that is (a separation) between us and them is the prayer, so whoever abandons it; then he has disbelieved." (At-Tirmithi no. 2621. and Ahmad 5:346)
There is also his statement:
"Between the man and disbelief and associating partners with Allaah is the abandonment of the prayer." (Muslim no.82)
This includes whoever rejects its obligation and it includes whoever abandons it due to being lax about it. And Allaah is the Giver of success.