Saturday, September 6, 2014

SR 50,000 Fine on Female Hajj Performers travelling without Mahram

Female Pilgrims are not allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia without Mehram. It is teaching of Islam and rule of Saudi Arabia. However, generally women from all over the world come to Saudi Arabia without Mehrams. Hajj agents from all over the world make arrangements by attaching the women with different families to legalize the work illegally. These Hajj agents charge a lot of money from those women who don’t have Mehrams to go with them. They have made it a business and just want to earn money. This is the basic reason; now Saudi government has imposed heavy fines upon the carriers of the women without Mehrams.

Who is Mehram?
This category refers to all those males whom a woman cannot marry at any time in her life whatsoever. In other word a male who is forbidden permanently, forever (i.e. one’s father, brother or son etc.) Hajj is fardh on every Muslim if he or she has capacity to do it. If she does not have any Mehram to go with her, the definition of capacity is not met for her. So, hajj is not fardh for her in such situation. Check this link as well "Who is considered Mahram in Islam?"

Detail of Fine imposed by Saudi Government
However, this year Saudi Government has taken very firm action by announcing that a fine of SR 50,000/- will be imposed on the airline which brings a woman hajj pilgrim without Mehram. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has warned airlines that if they are involved in bringing in a woman without Mehram in Saudi Arabia, they will be fined SR 50,000/- for each incident. Moreover, that woman will be immediately deported with the next flight of the same airline on the expense of the airline. However, an exception has been given to that women hajj performers with the age of 45 years or more. I think according to Saudi laws, they can travel without their Mehrams.  

Source: Saudi Gazette

Hajj and Umrah
  1. Procedure to Apply for Hajj in Saudi Arabia
  2. Online Procedure to Apply for Hajj from Saudi Arabia
  3. How to get Low Cost Hajj Package in Saudi Arabia?
  4. How to get Hajj Permit for Family Visit Visa Holders in KSA?
  5. How to Check if Hajj Tasreeh (Permit) is genuine?


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