For women

  • Hajj is obligatory for a woman providing that she is accompanied by her husband or some other person “Mahram” whom it is, forever, impossible for her to marry. There is no consensus among scholars as to the prerequisites for her companions.
  • However, he must escort her in her travel to Hajj and back home. Abu Hanifa, Al-Hasan, Annakha’e, Ishaq, Ibn Al Mondher and Ahmad are of the opinion that a woman is obligated to perform Hajj on the condition that she is accompanied by her husband or a Muhrim.
  • A woman may veil her face with her head-covering if she fears that men are looking at her. Many women wear a headband under the veil to keep it away from the face. This action has no basis. It is prohibited for a woman to make tawaf showing her adornments, using perfume, or not covering properly what the Shari’ah requires her to be covered.
  • If a woman’s menses begins or she gives birth after entering into Ihram, it is not permissible for her to make tawaf until the flow of blood ceases and she is cleansed. A woman may wear any dress for Ihram as long as it does not resemble men’s clothing, show her adornments, or cause temptation to men.
  • A husband should not forbid his wife from proceeding for obligatory Hajj. He has no right to prevent her from doing what is her obligatory duty. He may prevent her from performing Hajj voluntarily.
  • It is desirable for a woman to seek her husband’s permission for the prescribed Hajj. If he grants her his permission, she may leave for Hajj but even if he refuses, she may still proceed for Hajj.