Women Can now Make Hajj without a Male Guardian


On Monday Riyadh announced that Saudi Arabia has made the decision to allow women to perform Hajj and Umrah without a male Guardian called a mahram. 

Muslims are required to do Hajj atleast once in their life time if they are able to as for Umrah it can be done at any time. 

For decades a law was imposed that any woman wishing to attand Hajj and Umrah must be accompanied by a male guardian from her family, this was also in line with Islamic guidance whereby women are discouraged from travelling alone in order to avoid danger and potential risks. 

Speaking at the Saudi embassy in Cairo, Tawfiq Al Rabiah, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah, said: “A woman can come to the kingdom to perform Umrah without a mahram.” 

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