Can Women Go To Hajj Without Mahram?

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As-salamu `alaykum. Dear Sir, I would like to know more about Hajj pilgrimage. This time my sister and my grandmother will go to Hajj, inshaa’ Allah; but some Hajj agency complain about their being women without Mahram. My grandmother is a widow and my sister is a single. My question is: does Shari`ah law allow women to go for Hajj without any partner?
Wael Shihab

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother, thank you for your question that shows your interest in knowing more about Islam and its rulings.

Travelling these days is completely different from it was in the past, particularly group trips like that of Hajj and `Umrah. In most cases it is safe and a person can be assured regarding his life, family, property, etc.

So a Muslim woman, based on some juristic views, can travel without a mahram (unmarriageable man), as long as she is travelling with a group of women and men with whom her safety will be secured.

In his response to your question, Dr. Wael Shihab, PhD in Islamic Studies, Al-Azhar University, and the Head of the (English) Shari`ah Dept. of Onislam.net website, stated.

Thank you for your question.

According to some Muslims scholars, a woman is allowed to travel for hajj without a mahram if she travels in the company of trustworthy women and men with whom she will be secure regarding her life, honor, faith and property.

So, if your sister and grandmother will travel in the company of good women and men with whom their safety will be secured, then they could travel to perform hajj.

May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

Allah Almighty knows best.