Travelling without a mahram

Q: Please can you advise if the following question posed and answered is correct? Especially the point mentioned that it is haraam for females to spend a night without a Mahram even if the journey is less than 78km.

Question; Is it permissible for a woman to travel for more than 78km without a mahram?

Answer; Aishah (R.A) reports that had Nabi (Sallalahu Alayhi Wasalam) witnessed the condition of women today (period just after the demise of Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi Wasaalm) he would certainly have prohibited them from the Masaajid, as the women of Bani Israeel were prohibited. (Bukhari). When the above Hadith prohibits women going to Musjid because of fitnah, there will be no absolute not leeway for women travelling without a Mahram. It is Haraam for females to spend the night without a Mahram even if the journey is less then 78km.

And Allah knows best.

Also can you please give the shariah ruling on a group of females going on a weekend trip within 78km?


A: At the times of fitnah and corruption it is most prudent to adopt the precautionary measure. To say haraam is a serious matter, though we will not say it is haraam, but at the same token we do not say that this is right.

What can be said about people who are overawed by a foreign alien culture far away from Islam.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)