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Female travelling without a Mahram?

Question and Answer:
Q. Is it permissible for a married woman to accompany (with / without husband’s permission) a disabled, wheelchair-bound single female friend on a distant holiday? Both women insinuate that it is actually rewarding for the married woman because she is actually “assisting” a disabled friend.

(Query published as received)

A. It is not permissible for either of them to travel over the safar distance (78Kms) without their own respective husbands or Mahrams.

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has clearly prohibited this in the following words:

It is not permissible for her (the wife) to leave the home without the permission of her husband and it is not permissible for a woman to travel the journey of three days (the Safar distance) without being accompanied by a Mahram” (as-Sunan al-Kubra by Bayhaqi, Hadith #: 10420, Narrated by Ibn Umar)

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians

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