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Umrah, Hajj and Mahram


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This is mahiuddin shams from saudi arabia, want to know, if we perform umrah in the month of shawwal or Dhul Qidah then is this compulsory to do Hajj this year?

And second question, there is one married woman working here in saudi arabia, but her husband is living in India, so she wants to perform Umrah with a boy who is going to marry with her sister recently, will this be acceptable?

Please give me answer as soon as possible. I look forward to hearing from you sooner.

~ mahi.us88

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  1. Salaam alaikum,

    As far as your first query is concerned, hajj is obligatory upon every Muslim who is physically and financially able to. And umrah is a nawafil and sunnah of the prophet. I don't understand why performing umrah at any specific month would make hajj more of an obligation for that year?
    I realise that if a person is able to perform umrah so close to Hajj time, then the wise thing would naturally be for him to wait an extra month or two and instead fulfill his obligation of hajj than the nafl act(umrah) . We must first fulfill our obligations to Allah and then progress towards adding the nawafil inshallah. Having said that though I am not saying umrah shouldn't be performed before Hajj; of course it can e done that way but its logical that someone who has enough savings for one pilgrimage to wait til dhul hijjah and fulfill his obligation of Hajj rather than to perform umrah a month or two before hajj.
    Maybe there is some ruling or so for what you have mentioned about hajj being a must after umrah performed in those months, if so then I am unaware of it and inshallah someone else here can enlighten us on that.

    As for a woman travelling with her brother in law to hajj, well the rule is that a mahram is needed and the brother in law is not a woman's mahram so technically that wouldn't be okay.

    Allah knows best.

  2. Salaam waleikum waragmatoelah hibrakatoe dear brothers and sisters.

    Side note: (not critizing anyone or trying to hurt anyones feelings, just adding my thoughts).

    In Islam there is no technically or anything similar, saying this it comes over as there is a different/other option. (there probably is a halal one) but saying it in this manner almost makes it (the haram option) seem allowed.

    Islam is clear-cut no misunderstandings or philosophysing.

    So if a Mahram goes with her then its allowed. If the person is not mahram then it is not allowed.

    I'm sorry if I hurted anyones feelings, I just wanted to make sure none of my brothers and sisters go astray in any kind of way. love to you all. May Allah bless us all. Ameen.

    Maybe other brothers and sisters can emphasize on this ?

    Allah mo Allim.

    • Raja, please do not issues fatwas on matters if you do not have full knowledge about them. See the comment below.

      Wael Editor

      • Sure brother my bad and thank you very much for notifying me and helping me. May Allah reward you for reminding me of humbleness and being a good example. I hope you are doing fine my dear brother!

        also if you want brother do me a favour and read my post again, thank you very much.

        In another post I was wondering how you and Maria were doing. good to speak to you after such a long time. Hope everything is well. Alhamdulilah!

  3. Regarding a woman going to Hajj without a mahram, the scholars at were asked this question:

    As-salamu `alaykum. Dear Sir, I would like to know more about Hajj pilgrimage. This time my sister and my grandmother will go to Hajj, inshaa’ Allah; but some Hajj agency complain about their being women without Mahram. My grandmother is a widow and my sister is a single. My question is: does Shari`ah law allow women to go for Hajj without any partner?

    The Answer:

    Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

    In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

    All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

    Dear brother, thank you for your question that shows your interest in knowing more about Islam and its rulings.

    Travelling these days is completely different from it was in the past, particularly group trips like that of Hajj and `Umrah. In most cases it is safe and a person can be assured regarding his life, family, property, etc.

    So a Muslim woman, based on some juristic views, can travel without a mahram (unmarriageable man), as long as she is travelling with a group of women and men with whom her safety will be secured.

    In his response to your question, Dr. Wael Shihab, PhD in Islamic Studies, Al-Azhar University, and the Head of the (English) Shari`ah Dept. of website, stated.

    Thank you for your question.

    According to some Muslims scholars, a woman is allowed to travel for hajj without a mahram if she travels in the company of trustworthy women and men with whom she will be secure regarding her life, honor, faith and property.

    So, if your sister and grandmother will travel in the company of good women and men with whom their safety will be secured, then they could travel to perform hajj.

    May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

    Allah Almighty knows best.


    So (and this is me, Wael, talking again), back to mahiuddin shams, according to the above ruling, that woman cannot attend Hajj with her sister's fiance. He is not her mahram. However, she can attend with a group of trustworthy people.

    Wael Editor

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