Yeah, I don’t envy politicians, or anyone in the spotlight for that matter. Every move you make has to be weighed and deliberated not only for its correctness, but also how the public will perceive it.
Keith Ellison is in a bit of political hot water for his MAS sponsored hajj a few years back.
Should a muslim politician accept the gift of hajj from muslim non profit?
And just what are the rulings on one person (or group) paying for another’s hajj? Especially is the recipient makes a decent income on their own? Is the reward greater if you struggle and save for years to go? AbuS and I are working on a hajj savings plan. We’d like to go before we have children (aside from the Squeakster that is) inshaAllah, but we’re thinking we’d need to save at least $15,000. That’s quite a chunk of change.