Saudi Arabia opens registrations for Hajj, male guardians no longer required to accompany women




Saudi Arabia  recently opened registrations for Hajj, announcing that male guardians will no longer be required to accompany women during Hajj and Umrah.

Based on Saudi Vision 2030, the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah announced that women coming to Saudi Arabia can now perform pilgrimage without a mahram, or closely-related male guardian. Security measures have been extended throughout the Kingdom, including all modes of transportation and at ports, providing women with complete safety, to ensure the process.

The announcement, came during a press conference held in October at the Kingdom’s Embassy in Cairo. Hajj and Umrah Services Adviser Ahmed Saleh Halabi added that it is now permissible for a woman to perform Hajj or Umrah without a mahram, accompanied by “trustworthy women or secure company to perform Hajj or Umrah. This is the view of the Maliki and Shafi’i scholars.”

As per Arab News, Writer Faten Ibrahim Hussein, former adviser to the Minister of Hajj, said that the Saudi state provides all facilities for pilgrims to perform Hajj and Umrah based on Saudi Vision 2030. “Allowing women to perform Umrah without the condition of a mahram makes life easier for them because many have difficult social conditions and may not find a mahram, or it may cost them a lot, while they are eager to perform Umrah,” Hussein said.