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Using a Sheikh as a Mahram for Haj

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Nasihah (Advice): The Benefit of Making Dua For Others


One effective way of having Duas answered is to make Dua for others. It is recorded in the Hadith that the Dua of a Muslim for the next Muslim in his absence is never rejected. In another Hadith, it is mentioned that when a person makes Dua for the next Muslim, an angel is appointed to say Ameen to his Dua and to make Dua for him in return by saying: “May you be granted the same”. (Sahih Muslim, Hadith #: 4913, Narrated by Abud Dardaa’)




Question and Answer:


  1. There is a certain sheikh who is saying that he is a Mahram for the elderly women and he will be the Mahram of those women who intend going for Hajj but do not have a Mahram to accompany them. Is this correct?


(Query published as received)



A. It is not permissible for a female to travel for Hajj without being accompanied by her Mahram or her husband. This so-called Sheikh cannot be a Mahram for a woman he is not related to by blood or by marriage and people should be weary of such a person. The words of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) are clear:


“It is not permissible for a woman to leave the home without the permission of her husband and it is not permissible for a woman to travel the journey of three days (the Safar distance which amounts to 78 kms or more) without being accompanied by a Mahram.” (As-Sunan al-Kubra by Bayhaqi, Hadith #: 10420, Narrated by Ibn Umar)



And Allah Knows Best


Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed



Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) 

Council of Muslim Theologians

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