A new decision from Saudi Arabia raises controversy: Allowing women to perform Umrah without a mahram

Engineer Hisham bin Saeed, the official spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, confirmed that he approved allowing women to issue an Umrah visa without the presence of a "mahram" or a women's league.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah indicated that the "Muharram" was previously a condition for issuing an Umrah visa for women of the age groups less than 45 years old, and now they are allowed to issue the visa, and are not obligated to the Mahram or the women's league.

He added: Now there are no restrictions for issuing a visa;

It is not required to have a mahram or a women's gang.

The decision sparked a wave of controversy about its compatibility with the teachings of Islamic law, while pioneers on the communication sites reported a fatwa that it is not permissible for a woman to travel without a mahram, except for Hajj and Umrah, or in the absence of companionship, and trusted women except where necessary.

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