Umrah/Hajj

Can a Women Go To Umrah and Hajj Without Maharam ?

Umrah and Hajj are the two most common pilgrimages for every Muslim. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam but Umrah is an additional journey to Mecca with a special ritual. Although it is not required of any Muslim, it is a strongly encouraged act of worship known as ibadat.

Yes, women are allowed to perform Hajj and Umrah without the need for a mahram. Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on women who are not to travel alone during the Hajj and Umrah. Before, women were required to have a male relative accompany them during the Islamic pilgrimage. This policy change, introduced in 2023, has allowed thousands of women to participate in Hajj Umrah and other usual pilgrimages. Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, declared that it is no longer compulsory for a woman pilgrim to be accompanied by a mahram (blood relative) when traveling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah. It is a respectable step taken by the government of Saudi Arabia to enhance the rights of women.