MINIMUM AGE FOR APPLICATION
An individual may only lodge an application for Hajj, once he/she has reached the age of 15. Eligibility for accreditation, however, is only possible once the applicant has reached the age of 18.
CITIZENSHIP OR RESIDENCY
All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of South Africa in order to apply through SAHUC. Foreign nationals or expats without a valid South African ID Number will not be able to register and will not be granted accreditation by SAHUC.
MAHRAMS FOR WOMEN
- A valid mahram is an applicant’s husband or someone she may not marry in accordance with Islamic laws. Viz., father, son, grandson, brother, uncle (siblings of parents), grandfather, nephew (siblings sons), son-in-law.
- The mahram must be over the age of 18 years.
- The Shafi’i math’hab allows a female to travel without a mahram, to perform her fard hajj if she is over the age of 45 years and is travelling with a group of women.
- A hajj operator or group leader will not be accepted as a valid mahram, unless he qualifies as a mahram as above.
FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE MAHRAM
- The person serving as mahram is always the main applicant (male only).
- A mahram who has performed hajj previously may be a mahram to a female relative, and must indicate his repeat status on the application.
- All female members of the family will be linked to the mahram. Family members should be added to an application by using the “Add Member” button.
- If the applicant is a female 45 years or older, following the Shafi’i math’hab, and intends travelling without a mahram, then during the registration process she should select “individual”, then select “over 45 years of age”.
- If the applicant selects either of the “husband and wife” or “family of two” options, then the two applicants will be linked, and their time and score will be averaged.
- If SAHUC determines abuse of the mahram system, the registration and accreditation may be revoked.