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Wife’s aunt going for umrah with the husband

Fatwaa ID: 1973

Assalamualaikum; can a wife’s mother and khala (who has no mehram currently available to go with her) accompany her husband for umrah/hajj?
since her Husband is not mehram to wifes khala, will that be permissible in given situations?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, it is not permissible for a Muslim woman to travel a distance of safar without her husband or mahram. This is applicable to the ‘umrah and Hajj journey as well. The aunt-in-law (the aunt of one’s wife) is not a mahram to the nephew-in-law (niece’s husband). Hence, it will not be permissible for her to travel with him for ‘umrah nor for Hajj. The presence of the mother-in-law will not make it permissible.

It should be noted that the Shaafi’ee legal school permits a woman to travel with trustable upright women only for the fardh Hajj. This dispensation is not afforded to any other travels, including ‘umrah and nafl Hajj. The Hanafi legal school does not permit this in any condition.

The mother-in-law is a mahram to her son-in-law. She may travel with him for ‘umrah and for Hajj. Modesty must be maintained at all times.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

05/28/1445 AH – 12/12/2023 CE | AMG3-4280

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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