Itikaf - Conditions and Age Restrictions
  • Question:

    What are the conditions to perform itikaf and are there age restrictions for a male to perform itikaf?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    In general the basic conditions for one to observe a valid I’tikāf are as follows:

    • One must be mentally sane.
    • One must be ritually pure (free from major impurity).
    • One must make an intention.
    • One must render I’tikāf in an appropriate place of worship.
    • Fast is required if the I’tikāf is for a complete day.

    A child may accompany an adult during I’tikāf. The child will be blessed and rewarded. However, one is only considered mukallaf (person who is obliged) when they reach puberty.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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