Now women can perform Hajj or Umrah even without a Mehram. The Saudi Kingdom said that this decision will make the lives of women easier. Earlier, women and children were not allowed to perform Hajj and Umrah without a guardian.
Saudi Arabia has given great relief to women. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has decided that women no longer need to be accompanied by a male guardian or mahram for Hajj and Umrah. Now women can perform Hajj or Umrah even without a Mehram. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiyah, said in a statement that the decisions would apply to pilgrims from around the world. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced this historic decision in Riyadh. The Saudi Kingdom said that this decision will make the lives of women easier.
Earlier, women and children were not allowed to perform Hajj and Umrah without a guardian. For this, they needed a man, who would accompany them throughout the Hajj. The Saudi Kingdom believes that this decision will make it easier for women with socioeconomic problems to perform Hajj and Umrah. It is said in Islam that it is obligatory for those who are capable of it, or who can afford it, to perform Hajj.
Tight security arrangements for women
Ibrahim Hussain, a former advisor to the Haj minister, said that for some women who want to perform Haj, it may be difficult to bring a Mahram along and the cost may increase for this, but with this decision it is now possible for them to perform Haj or Umrah. will be easy. On behalf of the Saudi Haj Ministry, it has been said that security has been increased throughout the region, as well as at all modes of transportation and ports, so that women will get more protection during Hajj and Umrah.
Trying to change the fundamentalist image
The Haj ministry also informed that a strong infrastructure, including an anti-harassment framework, has been implemented in the law, and the decisions have been taken keeping in mind the safety of women. Not only this, keeping security in mind, security cameras have been installed at airports, cross-border ports, Grand Mosque, Prophet’s Mosque, and other important sites. Significantly, Saudi Arabia was recognized in the world as a fundamentalist country, which the Saudi Kingdom is trying to change. Many big steps have been taken in the past regarding women. These include driving rights and voting rights for women.