Deoband: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appreciated the ‘decision’ of his government to allow Muslim women to go for Haj without male relatives (mahram). His assertion has been called a joke by many as Saudi Arabian government had allowed it for women over forty five years of age some three years ago. The Indian government activated the provision only this year. More than 1300 women have applied under the scheme. They all are expected to go for Haj this year without male relatives.
Darul Uloom Deoband has said that Muslim women shouldn’t go for Haj without being accompanied by male relatives. Rector of the Darul Uloom, Maulana Abul Qasim Noumani has criticized the government move and said that Islam doesn’t allow women to go for Haj without being accompanied by mehram (husband or close blood relatives).
Maulana said while he doesn’t want to comment on the decision of the Union Government, as their decisions are not based on Shariah. He said that it has been clearly said in authentic hadith that women cannot go for Haj without being accompanied by very close male relative.
He said that it was not a discretionary issue for the scholars to decide, but has been made explicit by the authentic sayings and practice of the Prophet. Maulana Mufti Noumani said that if the Indian government allows women to go for Haj without mehram, it will be direct interference in the religious affairs of the Indian Muslims. He says that such blatant interference in religious affairs may create fissure in the society. He further said that people may start suspecting the government.
The cleric said that Muslim women should avoid going for Haj without male relatives as undertaking such an important ibadah through un-Islamic means is not going to be acceptable to believers.