Maid performs Hajj with women or Hajj package group

Reference: al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Ibn Fowzaan – Volume 3, Page 168, Fatwa No.252

Question: Is it permissible for me to send my maid for the obligatory hajj with a group of women travelling with a hajj package group[1]?

Response: It is not permissible for a woman to travel for hajj or other than hajj except with a mahram, whether she is a maid or not, for that which the Prophet said ﷺ has said:

«It is not permissible for a woman who believes in Allaah and the Last Day to travel the distance of two days, except with a mahram»[2]

And a group of women does not constitute a mahram and, likewise, nor does the hajj package group and this does not exclude her from that which is forbidden in the aforementioned hadeeth.

[1] Specialising in transporting and serving the hajj pilgrims for the duration of the hajj period.

[2] Saheeh Muslim/420, Sunan at-Tirmidhee/1169, Musnad Ahmad/7222, Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah/2523, Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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