Performing Hajj Without Parent’s Permission

Hajj, like all other acts of worship, contains significant lessons and goals that Muslims should understand and apply. For example, Hajj maintains the spirit of unity among Muslims, individuals and communities. Hajj educates Muslims, and even non-Muslims, about the true meaning of equality, which is manifested in the pilgrims’ unified dress code and their observance of the rituals irrespective of their race, language, gender, or social positions. Anyone may perform obligatory hajj without their parent’s permission. No-one required to ask for permission to go for obligatory hajj. And in the case of a married woman, the only permission to be granted would come form the husband. Even though, it is just recommended to ask for her husband’s permission. If he refuses, she can go for the obligatory hajj and she will not be sinful. The only thing that she is commanded to do is to go with a mahram. She cannot go alone unless there is a trustworthy group that she can go with.

Sheikh M. S. Al-Munajjid, a prominent Saudi Muslim lecturer and author commented on going to Hajj regarding parent’s permission regarding:

“Parents can stop their child from going for a voluntary Hajj, and they will not be sinners if they do that. But they do not have the right to stop him/her from going for the obligatory Hajj, and they will be sinners if they stop him/her. If the child goes for (obligatory) Hajj without their permission, his Hajj will be valid regardless – even though he would be a sinner if he went for a voluntary Hajj without their permission. He also has the right to travel to seek knowledge without their permission.”