Makkan women performing Hajj without a Mahram

Reference: Fataawa al-Hajj wal-‘Umrah – Page 11

Question: Some women from Makkah travel to perform the hajj without their mahram, going in groups of women on public transport. So is this permissible?

Response: That which is correct is that it is not permissible for a woman to perform the hajj without her mahram. Even if she was from the [resident] people of Makkah. That is because the distance between Makkah and ‘Arafah is considered a journey according to the preponderant opinion [of the scholars], and this being the case, the people of Makkah would shorten their prayers along with the Prophet ﷺ throughout [their time at] the places of the sacred rites.

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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