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    So, my interpretation of going to KSA is I must have a man with me who can escort me for their laws. My question is, how do I, as a single, western woman participate in Hajj?

    I know you can go with groups online (legitimate groups), does this cover the escort, too?
    لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ
    سورة الإخلاص

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    Re: Hajj for western women

    Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: This action – Hajj without a mahram – is haraam because of the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say, when he was delivering a sermon, “No woman should travel except with a mahram.” A man stood up and said, “O Messenger of Allaah, my wife has set out for Hajj, and I have signed up for such-and-such a military campaign.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Go and do Hajj with your wife.”

    Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3006; Muslim, 1341.

    https://islamqa.info/en/34380
    Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? And let them not be like those who were given the Scripture before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are defiantly disobedient. (57:16)

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      Re: Hajj for western women

      Allah will reward you for your intention on fulfilling the obligation of Hajj. But you must wait until you can find a mahram.

      Until then, the same way Allah has made Hajj obligatory, it is Allah who has made it haram for a woman to travel without a mahram. Both rulings are from Allah. So it isn't just about KSA's laws.

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      • #4
        Re: Hajj for western women

        Originally posted by aidaalej View Post
        Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: This action – Hajj without a mahram – is haraam because of the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say, when he was delivering a sermon, “No woman should travel except with a mahram.” A man stood up and said, “O Messenger of Allaah, my wife has set out for Hajj, and I have signed up for such-and-such a military campaign.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Go and do Hajj with your wife.”

        Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3006; Muslim, 1341.

        https://islamqa.info/en/34380
        The answer is different if she follows the Shafi'i school of thought. If I remember correctly, they're the only ones who believe it's okay for a women to travel as a group even if there's no mehram around. To the OP, I don't know if you follow this school of thought or not, but I'd thought I'd mention it....

        In any case, the ruling on Hajj is to go if you're able to go. If you can't, due to financial reasons or mehram reasons, then just make du'a and always have it in your heart that you want to go. Allah may surprise you with Hajj one day, or you might find out that on the Day of Judgment you have the reward of Hajj even if you never went...all because you made it your intention to go, but didn't due to following the ruling of not traveling without a mehram.
        وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُواْ لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُواْ بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ
        "And when My servants ask you (O Muhammad concerning Me, then answer them), I am indeed near (to them by My knowledge). I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when he calls on Me (without any mediator or intercessor). So let them obey Me and believe in Me, so that they may be led aright."
        Surah al-Baqarah ayah 186
        [2:186]

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        .:. Perfer et Obdura : Dolor Hic Tibi Proderit Olim .:.
        Be patient and strong : someday this pain will be useful to you

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