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The ruling on the women travelling alone for Hajj without Mahram

A woman says: My mother is in Morocco and I work in Saudi Arabia. I want to send for her so that she can come and perform the obligation of Hajj. However, she does not have a Mahram, because my father died and my brothers are not able to go to perform the obligation of Hajj.

It is not permissible for her to come alone for Hajj due to the statement of the Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam : A women does not travel except with her Mahram. The Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam said while he was addressing the people. Then a man stood up and said: O Messenger of Allah, verily my wife set out to Hajj and I have been enlisted for such and such expedition. The Prophet Sallallahu alaihi wasallam said: Then go and perform Hajj with your wife. [1] If the woman does not have a Mahram, it is not obligatory upon her to perform Hajj. This means that either the obligation is removed from her due to the lack of ability to reach Makkah- and lack of ability is a legislated inability- or it is not obligatory upon her to perform it, meaning that if she dies whoever she leaves behind performs it for her. Anyway, I say to the questioner that the woman has not committed a sin if she dies without performing Hajj due to not having a Mahram. That does not harm her because she is excused and unable according to the religion. Indeed Allah, the Most High, said: And Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House ( Kaıaba) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can find a way there.[2] 1. Al-Bukhari no. 1862 & Muslim no. 1341 2.Aal ıImran 97

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah Darussalam Vol:4 p. 46
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