We congratulate to those who made their decision to go to Mecca to perform the Hajj that many women lose interest in. Indeed, some women do not know that they have to perform the pilgrimage at least once in their life while they continue to postpone their fulfillment until death surprises them. Some do not know anything about the rites of pilgrimage. This can lead to the nullity of their pilgrimage without them knowing it.
Allah is the One Whose help we seek
What is Hajj for Women?
Allah has made Hajj mandatory to His servants once in their entire life. It is the fifth pillar of Islam, the jihad of the woman according to the words of the Prophet, addressed to Aisha (Radhiya Allahu 'Anha); "Your jihad is the pilgrimage" (Reported by Bukhari)
Tips to Remember while preparing for Hajj and Umrah
Here are some tips, guidelines and rulings for any Muslim woman who wants to perform the Hajj and Umrah and who is able to even make her pilgrimage approved by Allah. And the approved pilgrimage, as the Prophet (ﷺ) says, "has no reward except Paradise" (Bukhari and Muslim).
- Sincerity with regard to Allah is a condition of validity and approval for any act of worship. Be sincere to Allah, the Most High in your pilgrimage. Beware of ostentation (hypocrisy) because it makes the action obsolete and leads to (divine) punishment.
- To follow the Sunnah in such a way as to conform to the teachings of the Prophet Mohammad (ﷺ) constitutes a second condition of validity and approval of acts, taken from the word of the Prophet (ﷺ): " “Whoever does any action that is not in accordance with this matter of ours (i.e., Islam), will have it rejected.” (Narrated by Muslim, al-Aqdiyyah, 3243).This should prompt you to learn the provisions that govern the pilgrimage according to the practice of the Prophet (ﷺ). To do this, use useful books those content is supported by true arguments from the Quran and Sunnah.
- Beware of polytheism (major and minor associations) as well as all sins. Indeed, the major polytheism excludes one from Islam, renders his work obsolete and brings him punishment. As for minor polytheism, it entails the nullity of the work and causes (divine) punishment. Sins also deserve punishment.
- The woman is not allowed to travel for the pilgrimage or for Umrah without a legal companion (Mahram) by virtue of the word of the Prophet (ﷺ): "the woman must travel only with a Mahram "(Bukhari and Muslim).
- The Mahram be a husband of Woman or a man with whom marriage is forbidden forever. This permanent prohibition can come from three factors: the "Nasab" (relationship), "Radhâ'ah" (bond created by breastfeeding) and the "Mousāharah" (bond established by covenant, following a marriage). The availability of such a companion is a obligatory condition to perform the pilgrimage by a women. Otherwise, the woman is not required to perform the pilgrimage.
- It is permissible for the woman who is in the state of Ihram to wear the clothes of her choice, whether black or not, provided that she avoids anything that is similar to exhibitionism and provocation, such as tight, transparent, short, open on one side or too bright clothes. In the same way, it is necessary to avoid wearing clothes that makes her to resemble the men.
- Mostly women wear white and black abayas which are not mandatory it’s the personal preference of a women, they can wear Abayas / clothes as describes above.
- It is forbidden for the woman to apply perfume in the state of Ihram. She is also forbidden to cut her nails or remove hair from her body by any means. It is also forbidden to wear a Niqab or gloves as said by Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ): "Let the woman in the state of Ihram wear neither Niqab nor gloves" (Bukhari)
- Muslim Woman is allowed to wear a dress, trousers, socks, bracelets, a watch, etc. But she must hide her jewels and refrain from showing them to men (non Mahram) during and after the pilgrimage.
- Some women passes Meeqath because of menstruation.If a menstruating woman passes the Meeqath with the intention of doing Hajj or ‘Umrah, she is obliged to enter ihraam from the Meeqath. It is not permissible for her to delay entering ihraam until she reaches Makkah and becomes pure [i.e., her period ends].
- The Sunnah and scholarly consensus indicate that menstruation does not prevent one from entering ihraam, so a woman may enter ihraam even if she is menstruating, but then she should not do ‘umrah until she becomes pure and does ghusl.
- It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When menstruating women and women who are bleeding following childbirth come to the Meeqath, they should do ghusl and enter ihraam and do all the rituals apart from Tawaaf around the Ka’bah.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1744; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Sunan Abi Dawood.
- If a woman fears that she may not be able to complete the rituals of Hajj, she may stipulate a condition when entering ihraam by saying, “If I am prevented (from completing Hajj), then I will exit ihraam at the point at which I am prevented.” Then if something happens to prevent her from completing Hajj, she will exit ihraam and there will be no blame on her.