The misunderstandings regarding the women’s status and rights in Islam can only be dispelled by critical and direct study of the rights granted to her in Islam. Since a mere pronouncement of rights is not enough but the preservation and continuous protection of these rights is necessary for a law to be perfect, the Islamic Law needs to be observed in full light with an open mind removed from pre-conceived prejudice.
The focus of this topic rest upon Muslim Women only because the conditions governing Muslim Women must be observed. All of the Hajj rituals apply generally to men and women but there are some conditions that must be satisfied for women to accomplish a successful Hajj.
Numbers 1 through 4 below are general conditions that must be met by both male and female but we must remind you that these are very important conditions that must be satisfied.
Sincerity towards Allaah is a condition of any act of worship, including Hajj, being valid and acceptable. So be sincere towards Allaah in your Hajj and beware of showing off, for showing off invalidates good deeds and brings punishment.
Following the Sunnah and doing actions in accordance with the teachings of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) is the second condition of actions being valid and acceptable, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Whoever does any action that is not in accordance with this matter of ours, will have it rejected.” Narrated by Muslim.
Beware of major and minor shirk (association of others with Allaah), and of sin in all its forms. Major shirk means that a person goes beyond the pale of Islam, his good deeds are rendered invalid and that he is exposed to punishment. Minor shirk means that a person’s good deeds are rendered invalid and he is exposed to punishment. Sin means that he is exposed to punishment.
- Muslim women going to Hajj must be accompanied by a Mahram. Otherwise if she has no Mahram, she is not obligated to perform the Hajj. (See Below)
- A woman should not apply perfume when assuming Ihram.
- A woman should say the Talbiyah without raising her voice. It should be sufficient for her to hear herself.
- A woman should not perform Raml “fast walking” around the Ka’bah, neither should she run between the two green lights during Sa’i.
- A woman is not required to climb the mountain of Safa or Marwah. It is sufficient for her to reach its beginning.
- A woman is excused from performing the farewell Tawaaf (Tawaaf Al-Widaa) during menses.
- It is permissible for the woman to take some medication to delay her menses, so as not to interrupt her Hajj. Nevertheless it is advisable to avoid the interruption of her menstrual cycle because, medically, it may do more harm than good.
- It is permissible for a Muslim woman to perform all the rituals of Hajj which include making Sa’i, Standing in Arafah, Sleeping in Muzdalifah, Stoning Jamaraat, etc while she has her menses with the exception of Tawaaf (Circumbulation of the Ka’aba).