Q. 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?
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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)