Can I Perform an Obligatory Hajj Without a Mahram? (Shafi’i)

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally

Question: Assalam alaykum,

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I am an educated female, never married, teaching in a university. Can I perform hajj with a female colleague going with her mahram? My parents have given permission to proceed to the holy journey.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

It is permissible for a woman to perform an obligatory Hajj without a mahram, even were she to travel alone, so long as she is reasonably sure of her well-being. Traveling with a woman and her mahram also accomplishes this goal.
Beyond the legal permissibility, you should also ensure that your travel plans accord with the host country’s rules and regulations in place for the pilgrimage.

Source: al-Hawashi al-Madaniyyah

Please see also: Can a Women Travel Alone for Islamic Educational Purposes? [Maliki School]

Shuaib Ally


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