Putting an end to the controversy about whether ‘mahram’ is required to accompany women while performing Hajj or Umrah, Saudi Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said that it is no longer mandatory.
During a press conference at the Saudi Embassy in Cairo yesterday, the minister made it clear that women from any part of the world can perform Hajj or Umrah without ‘mahram’.
The minister said that the costs for the expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah have exceeded SR200 billion and that the largest-ever expansion in the history of the holy mosque is continuing.
Al-Rabiah said that there is no quota or ceiling for the number of Umrah visas to be issued for Muslims from all over the world. “Any Muslim coming to the Kingdom with any type of visa can perform Umrah,” he said.
The minister also referred to the efforts made by the kingdom regarding the introduction and use of modern technologies and the digitisation of services for those who wish to visit the Two Holy Mosques, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The minister also spoke about rapid developments at the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites regarding the infrastructure and organisation to receive the expected increases in the number of pilgrims and visitors.