Mahram and Muslim Women on Haj (Download PDF)


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A mahram is a kin with whom marriage would be considered haram (illegal in Islam) or people from whom purdah is not obligatory or legal escorts of a woman during journey longer than a day and night (24 hours).

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Image of Mahram

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  • According to the Ministry of Minority Affairs, now Muslim women aged above 45 will be allowed to go for the pilgrimage without ‘mahram’ in a group of at least four.


  • Earlier for a woman aged 45 to go on Haj pilgrimage, she had to be accompanied by a mahram.

What are the Guidelines laid by The kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Women over the age of forty-five (45) may travel without a mahram with an organized group.

  • Women must submit a no-objection letter from her husband, son, or brother authorizing her to travel for haj with the named group. This letter should be notarized.

    Other rules stating Mahram are Not Must

  • There are some 25 ayats or verses in the Quran that refer the rules of what is lawful during the pilgrimage, but none of them mentions that a woman needs to have a mahram with her.

  • According to hadith (record of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad), the Prophet ordained this for reasons of safety since travel was risky and one needed protection from attacks of robbers and thieves.

  • Some theologians such as the famous Egyptian scholar, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, feel that we must amend these rules to bring them more in tune with modern age.

  • A 14th century Muslim theologian, said in al-Furu, “A woman could perform haj without a mahram as long as she is safe, ” and that, “This applies to all kinds of travel (for good cause). ”

    Other Amendments for Benefit of Muslim Ladies

  • The government had earlier abolished the triple talaq sytem to safe guard women.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 4, 2018


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