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Woman traveling alone for Hajj

Fatwaa ID: 1142

Assalamualykum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuhu Respected scholars, If a husband has performed his Fardh Hajj and the wife hasn’t performed her Fardh Hajj yet, The husband gives permission to travel for Hajj alone in a group without any of her mahrum will this be permissible? Also if the wife does end up going with the group will she be sinful? And will get Hajj be valid?

[Hanafi Fiqh]

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

  1. It is not permissible for a woman to travel the distance of safar or more by herself to perform ‘Umrah or Hajj. It is necessary for her husband or a mahram to travel with her. The husband giving the wife “permission” to violate the laws of Shari’ah does not make anything permissible. He has no authority to that. It still remains haraam on her. He must make istighfaar.
  2. She will be sinful for going alone.
  3. Allaah Ta’aala does not need our ‘ibaadaat. What is the benefit of engaging in something voluntary if you are thereby earning the wrath of Allaah Ta’aala? We must give preference to the laws of Allaah Ta’aala over our own desires. In the enquired situation, if a woman is unable to find a mahram to accompany her and she is financially able, then she should make wasiyyah for someone to perform Hajj Badal on her behalf. It should be noted that it is her responsibility to sponsor her husband or her mahram. She should propose this to them and perhaps they will take her.

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

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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