Q: A sister, who does not understand Arabic, asks about the religious ruling on the following issues:- This sister was a Christian and by Allah's Will she embraced Islam, praise be to Allah. Now she is a good practicing Muslim. She came to live in the Kingdom with her husband long time ago. But, whenever she asks her husband's permission to perform the obligatory Hajj, he refuses, giving the excuse that he has heavy debts.- Her husband is keen to travel abroad every summer for his vacation taking her and the family with him, and this causes him to take loans and so fall in debt.- He has performed Hajj alone in the past.- Now she asks if it is permissible for her to perform Hajj in the company of a group of female Muslim friends who are accompanied by their husbands, if she can bear the necessary costs.- Please, give some advice to the husband.Thank you very much.
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This woman does not have to travel to perform the obligatory Hajj unless she has a Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative) to accompany her. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) says:
“It is not lawful for a woman who believes in Allah and the Last Day to travel, unless she has a Mahram (unmarriageable male relative) with her.”
It is also impermissible for her to
travel with a group of pilgrims none of whom is Mahram for her according to the above cited Hadith. So, she has to wait until a person who is Mahram for her can accompany her to perform Hajj.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.