Hazrat Abu Saeed Khudri R.A. reports that Rasulullah Sal’am said: “Allah says: ‘That servant of mine whom I have given health and sufficient sustenance and he allows five years to pass by without visiting my House, he is verily deprived of great goodness and many blessings.”
This is not the only Hadith of its kind. Many others with similar contents can be mentioned. It would appear that according to this Hadith it would have been obligatory for every healthy person who has the means , to perform Hajj once in every five years. But because of other Ahaadith where it is clearly stated that Hajj is only obligatory once in a lifetime, this Hadith is interpreted thus; that it is advisable for such people to perform Hajj after every five years. No one can deny he fact that failure to visit the Holy Ka’bah under such circumstances deprives one of great blessings, especially when we take into consideration that all health and wealth comes from Allah, and that Allah Himself speaks in this Hadith of giving health and wealth. Hence, if any worldly needs seen to prevent our visit to the Holy Places, it should not be allowed to keep us away. However, if any religious need keeps us away after we have already performed the obligatory Hajj, then such a need should be given preference over our desire to perform a nafil Hajj. For example, when there is a large number of people around us in need of food, clothes and drink, then in such a case it is more virtuous and rewarding to give charity than to proceed for nafil Hajj.