• Michael Dahdal

The Wajib

Updated: Jan 3, 2020


The ‘wajib’ is a very important part of Middle Eastern culture.

I’m not quite sure how to translate it into English exactly, but I’m guessing it’s something along the lines of ‘obligation’ or ‘duty’ or ‘responsibility’?

Something like that.

And I'm sure it exists in other cultures too, albeit under a different name.

My family originates from a small Middle Eastern village, so I have to be honest; I really struggled with the whole concept of the wajib for quite some time.

It was always 'in my face' growing up, it still is in ways.

It’s brutal, relentless and never ending!

So what’s the point of it exactly?

I’ve reflected on this a lot.

In short, a wajib is a kind of offering you make to your community whenever there is any kind of occasion.

By offering, this is usually a simple visit, a phone call, maybe a present, food or sometimes money – it can get a little complicated depending on the occasion.

There are rules to this stuff.

There are many occasions that warrant a wajib, I’ll actually try and list a few of them here, so you can get a better idea.