Question 23: A middle-aged to elderly woman from Sheba, known for her piety, wants to perform Hajj, but she does not have a Mahram (spouse or permanently unmarriageable relative). There is a wealthy, pious man in the town, who wants to perform Hajj with some of his female Mahrams. Can this woman perform Hajj with that kind man and his female relatives, as she will stay in the company of the women and the man will only watch over, or is she exempted from Hajj due to the lack of a Mahram to accompany her, although she is financially able to go? Please give us a Fatwaa on this, as there is a disagreement over this issue among some of our brothers. May Allaah bless you!
Answer: A woman who does not have a Mahram is not obligated to perform Hajj, because having a Mahram is part of the means that render woman able to perform Hajj, and ability for it is one of the conditions that must be met in Hajj to make it obligatory. Allaah (Exalted be He) says (what means)… read more here.