Saudi Arabia to allow women perform Hajj without Mahram

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Saudi Arabi has decided to allow Muslim women wishing to perform Haj this year will without a male dependent (mahram), local media reported.

According to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Haj and Umrah, women signing up for the pilgrimage will be allowed to perform it along with other group of women. Saudi Arabia has restricted this year’s pilgrimage to its citizens and residents already living in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ministries of Health and Haj announced that a total of 60,000 pilgrims will be allowed to perform the pilgrimage this year, which will begin mid-July. Haj pilgrims must be fully vaccinated. However, those who took one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before, or those who are vaccinated after recovering from coronavirus infection, will be allowed to register.

The Ministry of Haj said the decision has been made “based on the Kingdom’s constant keenness to enable the guests and visitors at the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque to perform the rituals of Haj and Umrah,”.

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