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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stepfather as Mahram for Hajj and Umrah

Q: Is one allowed to perform Hajj or Umrah with a your stepfather who is also your guardian?

A: A step-father, though being a guardian, is not a mehram for his step-daughter when it comes to Hajj, Umrah, or any form of travel. The hadith states: A woman who believes in Allah and the Last is not permitted to travel a journey of three days (i.e. 48 miles) or more without her husband or mehram. (Bukhari, Muslim)
She, therefore, cannot travel for Hajj or Umrah with the step-father only, unless there is another mehram such as her baaligh brother or nephew or uncle who accompanies them.

And Allah knows best