Muslim pilgrim Bushra Ali Shah, 35, bids her son farewell before departing for the haj, for the first time without a male guardian. Photo: AFP Muslim pilgrim Bushra Ali Shah, 35, bids her son farewell before departing for the haj, for the first time without a male guardian. Photo: AFP
Muslim pilgrim Bushra Ali Shah, 35, bids her son farewell before departing for the haj, for the first time without a male guardian. Photo: AFP
Religion

Women set off on haj in Mecca as male ‘guardian’ rule cast aside

  • Haj ministry allows women of all ages to make the pilgrimage without a male relative
  • The haj is one of Islam’s most important requirements to be performed once in a lifetime

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Muslim pilgrim Bushra Ali Shah, 35, bids her son farewell before departing for the haj, for the first time without a male guardian. Photo: AFP Muslim pilgrim Bushra Ali Shah, 35, bids her son farewell before departing for the haj, for the first time without a male guardian. Photo: AFP
Muslim pilgrim Bushra Ali Shah, 35, bids her son farewell before departing for the haj, for the first time without a male guardian. Photo: AFP
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