In the past years some of our sisters have been encouraged to undertake the Hajj (Pilgrimage) even though their husbands or their Mahrams were not going with them. We were made to understand that since the sisters are going with a group of other sisters it was OK for them to do so and the law of going with a Mahram was not essential. We wish to know the correct ruling on this matter so that we may practice on that which is correct.
It is not permissible for a woman to undertake the Hajj (Pilgrimage) without being accompanied by her husband or a blood relative. Even though there are sisters in the group, each of them is required by the law of the shariah to have a Mahram. Women undertaking this pilgrimage without their Mahram (Maharim) are committing a grave wrong and their action is in violation to the teaching of the Prophet (S.A.S.). The Messenger of Allah (S.A.S.) clearly stated that, ‘No woman is allowed to undertake a journey for three days except that her Mahram is with her’. (Bukhari).
If you wish that your Hajj be valid according to the teachings of the shariah then you must follow the teachings of the Prophet (S.A.S.) by ensuring that your Mahram accompanies you on this trip for Hajj.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan